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Central Library

Central Library Exterior
630 W. 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
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Kren Malone, Director

Hours of Service

Mon: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Tues: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Weds: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Thurs: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Fri: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Sat: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Sun: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Upcoming Events at Central Library
paper collage
February 6, 2023 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
While your hands are busy crafting, let’s talk about books! New books, old books, beloved or hated books, all are welcome to discuss.

a photo of chess pieces and chess board in black and white
Every Monday 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Join us for a casual game of chess, all ages and skill levels welcome. Boards and pieces provided. No registration needed.

author panel and book cover
February 6, 2023 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Performance artist, comedian, activist, and local elected official Kristina Wong began sewing masks three days into the COVID-19 shutdown...

February 7, 2023 2:30 PM
 Do you want to learn Korean? Join us and learn the Korean language and culture. This program is presented by the Los Angeles Public...

February 7, 2023 4:00 PM
 Join us and learn the Korean language and culture. This program is presented by the Los Angeles Public Library and the King Sejong...

Human hand holding gears and sprockets surrounded by money bags and light bulbs
February 7, 2023 4:15 PM to 5:15 PM
What is one of life's biggest ideas, and how does that idea impact our financial choices? Explore this topic during a basic introduction to...

Daughters of the Dust title card three women are superimposed over an image of the ocean
February 7, 2023 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Join us for our monthly virtual film discussion as we discuss Daughters of the Dust. Julie Dash directed this seminal film about a South...

Librarian reads to babies, toddlers, and adults.
Wednesdays, 11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Stories, songs, movement, and more for children aged 0-5 and their parents/caregivers. For more information, please contact children@lapl....

Walk-in tutor and an adult student reviewing a workbook.
Wednesdays, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Walk-in is available for any patrons who need help with Internet searches, filling out forms, English conversation, spelling &...

Paper collage with inspirational words
Wednesdays at 12 noon
Take some time for your creative pursuits with fellow art-makers in this virtual studio hour. Bring whatever creative project you're...

What We're Reading

Recent Blog Posts from LAPL Blog
February 03, 2023
By Multilingual Collections, Librarian
Los libros en español más esperados están disponibles en tu biblioteca. Haz clic en cada título para verlo en nuestro catálogo. ¡No esperes y reserva tu copia hoy mismo! Adultos... Continued
February 02, 2023
By Daryl M., Librarian
James Ramos (he/they) is a nonbinary, unapologetically dorky Minnesota native who now calls Arizona home. Weaned on a steady diet of science-fiction, comic books, and classic literature, James wrote... Continued
January 31, 2023
By Tina Lerno, Librarian
Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz is a nationally renowned doctor, expert, speaker, and advocate for integrative women's health. And she's on a mission! She's exploring what it means to be a healthy woman in... Continued
January 28, 2023
By Christopher Taylor, Adult Librarian
Oprah Winfrey was born on January 29, 1954, in Kosciusko, Mississippi. Author, actress, producer, broadcast host, media mogul, and unclassifiable icon that transcends all of these categories, she's... Continued

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Meeting Rooms

The Literature & Fiction (Upper Level 3) and Business Department (Lower Level 1) have glass-enclosed meeting rooms available for use.


  • Meeting Room hours
    Monday - Thursday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
    Friday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Sunday: 1 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Sign ups on the hour or half hour
  • Must have a valid library card
  • Reservations must be made in person, day of and up to one day in advance
  • Two hours per floor per patron
  • Water allowed. No food or drink
  • Three or more people required for large (6 chair) rooms
  • Furniture and chairs must not be moved
  • Dry erase markers and erasers available upon request
  • All library rules apply: Patrons in violation of library rules may be refused service.