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Collections & Resources

Access the library's wealth of print and electronic resources using the links below, or contact a librarian for assistance.

Over 6 million books, audiobooks, periodicals, DVDs and CDs to check out!

Up-to-date subject information from journals, dictionaries, encyclopedias, statistical resources and more.

Over 120,000 photographs, as well as maps, posters, bookplates and other collections.

We offer a wide range of downloadable e-Media to our patrons, including e-Books, e-Audiobooks, e-Videos and mp3 music downloads.

See posts on a variety of useful, informative, and timely topics by LAPL staff. Posts highlight library resources and services that enrich, empower and inform.

Book Reviews and book lists by our librarians, as well as our new and popular titles.

LAPL Writes is a resource for our local author community. There are suggested booklists, weblinks, and links to Gale Courses and Universal Class, which offer online courses on everything from writing YA fiction to publishing your e-book.

Explore L.A. museums and attractions through this exciting partnership between the Los Angeles Public Library and local cultural institutions.

Librarian-chosen Web sites we use for answering questions. Also, links to the most popular Web search engines.

Indexes maintained by LAPL's own librarians covering everything from autographs to cookery and obituaries to the theatre.

Written by staff to acquaint library users with available resources in the various subject departments at Central Library.

Los Angeles Public Library's Central Library is a depository site for government information.

Ask a Librarian

If you're having difficulty finding what you're looking for, ask a Librarian! Available by email, phone, and text message, or in person at any branch.

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Further Details

Online Wordprocessing

Online word processing services are available through Google Drive and Microsoft SkyDrive services.

For help on using these word processing programs, as well as additional options available from Library computers:

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word is available at all branches, and may be accessed from the session start menu of Library Internet Computers (1hr Reservation PCs).