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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
Globe chandelier located in the Central Library rotunda
Saturdays at 11 a.m.
Take an hour-long tour through the Los Angeles Central Library. Your docent guide will share stories about the history, art, and...

DVD cover Latino Americans:  The 500-year legacy that shaped a nation
October 1, 2022 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Documentary Screening of Latino Americans: The 500-Year Legacy That Shaped a Nation. A six-part PBS series that chronicles Latinos in the...

Globe chandelier located in the Central Library rotunda
October 1, 2022 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Take an hour-long Zoom tour through the Los Angeles Central Library. Your docent guide will share slides, videos, and stories about the...

Ceiling of the Central Library Rotunda.
Sundays at 2 p.m.
Take an hour-long tour through the Los Angeles Central Library. Your docent guide will share stories about the history, art, and...

globe with a stack of books
Mondays at 11 a.m.
Are you learning Italian, but need practice speaking the language? Join us for a relaxed and informal group conversation via Zoom.

A book on it's back, open with pages fluttering magically
October 3, 2022 4:30 PM
Help us celebrate spooky stories by picking book(s) to read via hoopla!

boy playing chess
Mondays at 5:30 p.m.
Join us for a casual game of chess; all ages and skills welcome. Board and pieces provided, no registration needed.

Adult literacy logo in teal
Mondays at 5:45 p.m.
Americans often speak fast and use confusing expressions and slang. One effective and fun way to improve your comprehension and...

stack of language books
Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m.
Únete al club de lectura para leer cuentos y poemas.
Put your Spanish to work by reading and discussing poems and short stories.

verdant Korean landscape
Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m.
Do you want to learn Korean? Join us and learn the Korean language and culture. This program is presented by the Los Angeles Public Library...

What We're Reading

Recent Blog Posts from LAPL Blog
September 29, 2022
By Daryl M., Librarian
Conner Habib hosts the podcast Against Everyone With Conner Habib, which covers topics like punk rock, philosophy, pornography, and occultism. His writing has appeared in CR Fashion Book, Best Gay... Continued
September 27, 2022
By Neale Stokes, Senior Librarian
Terraform: Watch/Worlds/Burn is the first Anthology of "near-future" speculative fiction from Terraform, Vice's science-fiction vertical. Edited by Claire L. Evans and Brian Merchant, the collection... Continued
September 26, 2022
By Lorena Villegas, Young Adult Librarian
John Dishwasher is a writer and zine maker based in Southern California's San Jacinto Valley. His Zine from the Future Describing the End of Civilization was named a finalist for Best Political Zine... Continued
September 22, 2022
By Lupita Leyva, Senior Librarian
A native of Colombia, Nathalia moved to the US to attend the Berklee College of Music and later began her career as a music therapist and early childhood music educator. Since 2012, she has recorded... 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.