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Central Library

Central Library Exterior
630 W. 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Contact form
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
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...

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September 25, 2023 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
A representative from L.A. Works will provide information on emergency resources, including information related to L.A. County and L.A....

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Every Monday 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Join us for a casual game of chess. All ages and skill levels are welcome.

Boards and pieces provided. No registration is required.

An open book sits in the middle of a table, surrounded by stacks of books
September 25, 2023 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Join Black Women for Wellness and the Los Angeles Public Library Social Science, Philosophy, & Religion Department for "The Vanguard of...

a young African-American man smiling sitting on a couch, looking down at a laptop that's on a small table, with headphones on
Tuesdays from 12 noon - 1 p.m.
Did you know that the Los Angeles Public Library lends e-books, audiobooks, movies, music, magazines, newspapers, comic books, and more to...

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September 26, 2023 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Representantes de Los Angeles Alliance for Economic Inclusion compartirán información sobre cómo comprar una casa, incluyendo información...

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The last Tuesday of the month at 12:30 p.m.
The Source is a convenient one-stop shop of services and resources for community members experiencing homelessness, life instability, or...

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Tuesdays at 4:30 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...

Verdant Korean landscape
Tuesdays at 4 p.m.
Join us and learn the Korean language and culture. This program is presented by the Los Angeles Public Library and the King Sejong...

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September 26, 2023 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Have you been served with eviction paperwork (a summons and a complaint-unlawful detainer)? This in-person workshop will guide you through...

What We're Reading

Recent Blog Posts from LAPL Blog
September 23, 2023
By Salvadora Sosa Prieto, Administrative Clerk
Isabel Quintero is an award-winning writer from the Inland Empire of Southern California. She has authored: Gabi, A Girl in Pieces, Ugly Cat and Pablo and Ugly Cat and Pablo and the Missing Brother,... Continued
September 22, 2023
By Phoebe Swan Guiot, Senior Librarian
Literature is celebrated in every language, and authors and illustrators worldwide understand the importance of connecting their work to schools and students. As part of this year's Los Angeles... Continued
September 21, 2023
By Daryl M., Librarian
Amiee Gibbs grew up in rural Maryland, where she still lives on an allegedly haunted road, but has dreams of running away to Ireland. She has worked for Penguin Random House for 13 years as a Sales... Continued
September 20, 2023
By Celia Avila, Senior Librarian
Sometimes, all you need is to submerge yourself in the pages of a classic romance novel. The allure of passion and drama draws us in, gives us something to root for, and offers a welcome escape from... Continued

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.