Access the library's wealth of print and electronic resources using the links below, or contact a librarian for assistance.
Index to 1,700 autographs collected from 1905-1910 by former City Librarian Charles Lummis. Lummis sent specially designed library stationery to all the leading men and some women of the day asking them to improve the page with a saying, drawing, or other inspiring example. Call the Rare Books Department at (213) 228-7350 for an appointment to view the collection.
Index to 181 images, mostly photographs, of opera singers and other artists brought to the L.A. musical stage at the turn of the 20th century by impresario L.E. Behymer.
Index to 1,300 bookplates commissioned by people who wished to identify the books in their libraries through a unique work of art.
Index of current magazine subscriptions for the Central Library's Business and Economics Department.
Bibliographies, abstracts, and location of reference tools kept in the reference area of the Central Library's Business & Economics Department.
Index of uncataloged California State agency documents located in the Science & Technology Department. Materials can be accessed by title, subject, and a unique CalDocs number.
Index to adult fiction which takes place in California. Index can be searched by author, title, locale, decade in which the story takes place, and/or major characters.
Indexes information about people, places, and events that have had a significant impact on life in Southern California. Most newspapers, magazines, and books cited here can be found in the Central Library.
Index to 456 images in various media including wood engraving from the mid-20th century.
The Joseph E. Casey Fashion Plate Collection, which contains over 6,000 handcolored fashion plates from British and American magazines dating from the 1790s to the 1880s.
A listing of paper and microform U.S. city, county state, and regional directories located in the History & Genealogy Department. The collection also includes some Canadian Directories.
Index to over 2,500 promotional booklets on food and cooking from commercial and non-commercial sources. The booklets date from the late 19th. century and show the development of advertising art as well as the stated purpose. Call the Rare Books Department at (213) 228-7350 for an appointment to view the booklets.
An index of environmental impact reports available in the Central Library's Science & Technology Department. The file is particularly useful for locating materials in their review period.
A genealogy file that contains local history information, selected history resources, and an index of family names in published genealogies located in the History & Genealogy Department.
Collection of original illustrations for children's books. Index to over 200 pieces in various media, representing some of the treasures of American children's book illustration, including pieces from more than twenty Caldecott Medal recipients.
Finding aids and federal information of interest in the areas of business, science, demographics, and diplomacy.
Index to 287 prints, mostly originals, some reproductions, by various artists including Hiroshige and Utamaro.
Index to 110 large-format photos and architect renderings of the Central Library and branches. Please make a Rare Books Room appointment
to view the images.
Menus from Los Angeles, other cities, steamships, airlines, and banquets.
An index to books, periodical articles and vertical file holdings of the Central Library's History & Genealogy Dept. on the tribes of North, Central, and South America.
Provides date, place, cause of death and obituary citation for noted actors, authors, journalists, and librarians. Coverage is more comprehensive after 1970s.
An index to over 2,000 orchestral scores (with parts) available for loan to orchestras in Southern California from the Central Library.
An index to plays which remain unpublished or have only been published in periodicals. Includes references to reviews.
Inventory forms, photographs, and other supporting documentation on outdoor sculpture found in Southern California. The Index was prepared for the Save Outdoor Sculpture! (SOS!) project of the National Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Property and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
A listing created by the Central Library’s Literature & Fiction Dept. of fiction books for adults which are part of a series or are sequels to earlier novels.
An index created by the Central Library’s Literature & Fiction Dept. to short stories in collections and anthologies in the Los Angeles Public Library.
An index of songs appearing in books located in the Central Library Art & Music Department.
index to Theater Programs located in the Literature Department.
The Toy Movable Database contains information on Toy Moveable (also known as "pop-up") books owned by LAPL. This is a reference collection, and the items do not circulate.
This collection, contains photographs, documents, props, and costumes, has been cataloged and the images digitized.