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Central Library Reopening 25th Anniversary


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October 13 & 14

On April 29, 1986, an arson fire devastated Central Library, damaging the building and destroying parts of its vast collection. Months later, a second fire did even more damage. While renovation and expansion plans were already in the works, the tragic events galvanized the public and cemented the devotion of an already dedicated staff.

On October 3, 1993, Central Library re-opened its doors to a jubilant city, and 25 years later Central Library still fulfills its promise as a “light of learning.” Join us for a weekend celebrating the 25th anniversary of the re-opening of the renovated and expanded Central Library.

librarian glen creason and his daughter at the library reopening

From Our Blog

Stories about the history, art and architecture of Central Library.

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Promotional videos from the Save the Books campaign.

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The Library Book

Author Susan Orlean kicks off the national tour for her highly anticipated new book.

cover for the book "Los Angeles Central Library: a history of its art and architecture"


Books about the history, art, architecture, and collections of Central Library.