The Library Book by Susan Orlean has introduced our downtown gem to a whole new audience. For those of you who 310 pages on Central Library isn’t enough, check out resources and information to help you go beyond The Library Book.
To celebrate the launch of The Library Book we posted a picture for each chapter of the book.
Saving Central Library - Remembering the Fire and Recovery
October 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the LA Central Library reopening after a catastrophic fire in 1986. Three people who were there share their memories of the fire and the effort to recover and rebuild.
Check out this playlist for more videos related to the Central Library Reopening.
Feels Like Home
Feels Like Home: Reflections on the Central Library chronicles the history of our great building from its earliest time in reading rooms across the city all the way to the fire in 1986 and the subsequent rebuilding and reopening of what is now one of the greatest libraries in the nation and certainly one of our city's great prides.
Central History Pages
Historical Images of Central Library
Central 25 Blog Posts
To celebrate 25 anniversary of the Central Library reopening, we gathered together the best blog posts about Central Library.
The Great Library War of 1905
The Library Book touches on the lineage of City Librarians from Mary Foy on.
The four part blog post series, The Great Library War of 1905 takes a deep dive into the 1905 firing of Mary L. Jones as Los Angeles City Librarian. It reveals the sexism that influenced the library’s Board of Directors and shaped their decision to actively place a man, Charles Fletcher Lummis, at the head of the Los Angeles Public Library; their decision would set off a firestorm across the city.