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Vernon - Leon H. Washington Jr. Memorial Branch Library

Dig Los Angeles: Vernon - Leon H. Washington Jr. Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library

February 13, 2024

The Vernon - Leon H. Washington Jr. Memorial Branch, located on Central Avenue at 45th Street, is one of the oldest branches in the Los Angeles Public Library system. There is an incredible amount of history that took place within a two-mile radius of the library.


Gertrude E. Darlow (1864-1949) surrounded by some of the books she reviewed

The Charming Miss Darlow

March 27, 2023

When Gertrude Darlow joined the Los Angeles Public Library in October 1893, there were less than twenty employees. During her thirty-plus years with the library, she worked under seven City Librarians, including legends such as Tessa Kelso, Mary L.


Hamburger Building in 1909

The Library and the Department Store: Hamburger Building (1908-1914)

December 14, 2022

Have you ever visited a library in the middle of a department store? If you lived in Los Angeles in the early twentieth century, you could have done just that. The Hamburger Building, designed by architect Alfred F. Rosenheim, opened at 8th Street and Broadway in August 1908.


Clockwise from top left, Frances Howard Goldwyn Hollywood Regional Branch Library at 1623 Ivar Avenue (1986-present): Hollywood Branch Library at 1623 Ivar Avenue (1940-1982); Hollywood Branch Library at 6357 Hollywood Boulevard (1923-1939); Hollywood Branch Library at 6357 Hollywood Boulevard (1907-1922). Los Angeles Public Library Institutional Collection

Dig Los Angeles: Hollywood Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library

December 09, 2022

The growth of the Hollywood branch of the Los Angeles Public Library mirrors the development of Hollywood as a place. From sleepy beginnings, it grew quicker than expected, with highs and lows punctuated by dramatic events and interesting people.


Lincoln Heights Branch Library at 2530 Workman Street [2022] Photo by Tiffney Sanford

Dig Los Angeles: Lincoln Heights Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library

November 14, 2022

This is the sixth in a series of blog posts that looks at history near a Los Angeles Public Library branch.


Chatsworth Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library, 21052 Devonshire Street [2018] Gary Leonard, Institutional Collection/Los Angeles Public Library

Dig Los Angeles: Chatsworth Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library

October 18, 2022

This is the fifth installment of a series exploring the history that can be found near a library branch and some of the library resources that help tell that history.


Cahuenga Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library

Dig Los Angeles: Cahuenga Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library

September 12, 2022

From its earliest years, the Cahuenga Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library operated amidst movie studios, halls of higher learning, and architectural wonders.


Photos of the North Hollywood library (top left) Circulation desk [1954] Valley Times Collection. (bottom left) Library exterior [1946]

Dig Los Angeles: North Hollywood Amelia Earhart Regional Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library

August 17, 2022

With locations all over the city and lots of books and other materials devoted to local history, libraries are a perfect springboard for exploring Los Angeles. This is the third in a series of blog posts that digs into local history near a Los Angeles Public Library branch.


San Pedro Regional Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library

Dig Los Angeles: San Pedro Regional Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library

July 11, 2022

With locations all over the city, and lots of books and other materials devoted to local history, libraries are a perfect springboard for exploring Los Angeles. This is the second in a series of blog posts that digs into local history near a branch of the Los Angeles Public Library.


Chinatown Branch Library

Dig Los Angeles: Chinatown Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library

June 03, 2022

With locations all over the city, and lots of books and other materials devoted to local history, libraries are a perfect springboard for exploring Los Angeles. This is the first in a series of blog posts that digs into local history near a branch of the Los Angeles Public Library.


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