As the COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Public Library has to adapt to a different world.
When the library closed almost three months ago, I checked out eight books. I’ve finished two of them. This is unusual for someone who reads everywhere—in checkout lines, on the Metro, at Dodger Stadium, even during social gatherings to take a break from the extroverts. Maybe that’s the problem.
In a world of 24-hour news cycles and constant social media updates, it can seem impossible to escape our current stressful reality. So voluntarily choosing to read even more about world-ending plagues and their effects on the human psyche may feel a bit morbid or sadistic.
While all Los Angeles Public Library locations are physically closed, you can still access our online resources. All LAUSD students are automatically assigned a Student Success Card.
Although our buildings are closed, we’re still open online. You can read books, watch movies and TV shows, take a class, or learn a language from home with your library card.