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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
Man and woman sitting at table reviewing paperwork and holding a book called Resume 101
June 9, 2023 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Not sure how to start writing a resume? Already have a resume but think it needs work? Have your resume reviewed or get assistance with...

you are your own brand underlined written on a piece of paper and two pens to the side
June 9, 2023 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
In this workshop you will learn to present your personal story and skills in your own words and how to shape your reputation and the...

Globe chandelier located in the Central Library rotunda
Fridays at 12:30 p.m.
Take an hour-long tour through the Los Angeles Central Library. Your docent guide will share stories about the history, art, and...

vinyl cutting machine for stickers
June 10, 2023 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Join us for June Jubilee! Pick and heat press a design inspired by Octavia Butler onto a free tote bag. Share your favorite Octavia Butler...

Arts and crafts paper
June 10, 2023 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Get ready to get creative for the library's June Jubilee Celebration. Make a flower pencil, keychain, bracelet, bookmark, button, and fan....

An assortment of sewing materials and tools.
June 10, 2023 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM
African American quilts are an expressive art form that gives voice to both the past and the present.

An assortment of sewing materials and tools.
June 10, 2023 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Bobby’s Y-Seam: The secret of making an easy Y-Seam. Attendance is limited to 18 participants.

This program will take place in Meeting...

A  triptych of 3 photos: the first is a man holding a young girl, the second two women with their faces pressed together, the 3rd a close up of hands on an instrument.
June 10, 2023 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Join Central Library’s Digitization & Special Collections Department staff for a step-by-step demonstration on how to digitize your...

colorful park drawing with grass in the front and buildings in the background
June 10, 2023 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Enjoy this special StoryWalk® during our June Jubilee! Families can read the story together as they walk around the "We Read Together Space...

Author Paula A. Swearingen holding a book
June 10, 2023 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Curious, adventurous and filled with joy, get ready for the magnificent Brown Skin Curly Girl series! Join us as children's book author...

What We're Reading

Recent Blog Posts from LAPL Blog
June 08, 2023
By Daryl M., Librarian
Marjorie McCown has spent her entire professional life in the story-telling business, though she started out on the visual side of the craft. She spent more than twenty-five years in Hollywood... Continued
June 08, 2023
By Guest Blogger
My name is Aiden Lopez, and I am a freshman at El Camino Real Charter High School. Since January, I have been volunteering at the Platt Branch Library alongside our young adult librarian, Jennifer... Continued
June 07, 2023
By Yvette Cabrera, Librarian
Stress is a normal psychological and physical reaction to the demands of life. A small amount of stress can be good, motivating you to perform well. But multiple challenges daily, such as sitting in... Continued
June 07, 2023
By Yvette Cabrera, Librarian
El estrés es una reacción psicológica y física normal a las exigencias de la vida. Una pequeña cantidad de estrés puede ser buena, lo que lo motiva a desempeñarse bien. Pero los múltiples desafíos... 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.