The Library will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2024, in observance of Memorial Day.

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Eileen Ybarra, October 02, 2023

"The pursuit of knowing was freedom to me, the right to declare and follow your curiosities through all manner of books.


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Sheryn Morris, October 01, 2023

Over the centuries, various forms of expression have been banned or destroyed, and their creators have been censored, imprisoned, tortured, killed, exiled.


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Elizabeth Graney, September 25, 2021

Every year during the last week of September, the American Library Association and libraries everywhere celebrate Banned Books Week. Banned Books Week promotes freedom of expression, freedom of access to information, and the freedom to read.


Central Library's Hope Street facade: sculpture of Nicholaus Copernicus
Bob Timmermann, September 25, 2015

If you enter the Central Library on Hope Street, there are six sculptures that appear on the facade of the building.


Tessa Kelso, city librarian 1889
James Sherman, September 26, 2014

Banned Books Week offers the opportunity to introduce one of the most colorful librarians in city history and her battle with the moralistic mugwumps of fin de siecle Los Angeles.


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