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Central Library

Central Library Exterior
Address:
630 W. 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Phone:
213-228-7000
Email:
Contact form
Librarian:
Kren Malone, Director

Hours of Service

Mon: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Tues: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Weds: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Thurs: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Fri: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Sat: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Sun: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Upcoming Events at Central Library
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Fridays at 11 a.m.
This class explores works of fiction and non-fiction from various cultures around the world as a way to understand our differences and the...

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Fridays at 12:30 p.m.
For one hour, we will talk only in Spanish about books, the weather, and the Spanish Language. This class is for intermediate to advanced...

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May 27, 2022 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
It's the Teen'Scape Game Day you know and love, but online! Login and catch up with all your Game Day friends. Play online games.

Video game controller with the words "start, stop, pause" and "play, menu, player one"
May 27, 2022 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
It's the Teen'Scape Game Day you know and love, but online! Login and catch up with all your Game Day friends. Play online games. 

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Saturdays at 11 a.m.
Take an hour-long tour through the Los Angeles Central Library. Your docent guide will share stories about the history, art, and...

Stacey Ma Dubois and Yen Sau
May 28, 2022 1:00 PM
Please join Stacey Ma Dubois and Yen Sau as they talk about Intergenerational Trauma and how it has impacted Asian American refugees.

Central Library's Maguire Gardens
May 28, 2022 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Take an hour-long Zoom tour through the Los Angeles Central Library's gardens. Your docent guide will share slides, videos and stories...

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May 28, 2022 4:00 PM
Come and join us on this zine-making program that is focused on telling our family stories, the immigration experience, and creating a cool...

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Sundays at 2 p.m.
Take an hour-long tour through the Los Angeles Central Library. Your docent guide will share stories about the history, art, and...

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The last Tuesday of the month at 12:30 p.m.
The Source is a convenient one-stop shop of services and resources for community members experiencing homelessness, life instability, or...



What We're Reading


Recent Blog Posts from LAPL Blog
May 27, 2022
By John Tommasino, Cybernaut
From a small town in West Central Texas came the stuff of legends—kings, warriors, evil sorcery, and monsters. Robert E. Howard (1906-1936) wrote hundreds of short stories published in the pulp... Continued
May 27, 2022
By Joann Im, Messenger Clerk
Continuing our celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we highlight the importance of paying tribute and recognizing the history and the contributions Asian Americans and Pacific... Continued
May 26, 2022
By Daryl M., Librarian
Kim Michele Richardson is a native-born Kentuckian who resides in Kentucky. Her works include The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, Liar’s Bench, GodPretty in the Tobacco Field, and The Sisters of... Continued
May 26, 2022
By Daniel Tures, Adult Librarian
On May 26th, 1926, Miles Davis was born. He would revolutionize jazz several times over as a trumpeter, composer, and bandleader. As he famously said, “I have to change, it’s like a curse.” Miles’... Continued

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Meeting Rooms

The Literature & Fiction (Upper Level 3) and Business Department (Lower Level 1) have glass-enclosed meeting rooms available for use.

Guidelines

  • Meeting Room hours
    Monday - Thursday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
    Friday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Sunday: 1 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Sign ups on the hour or half hour
  • Must have a valid library card
  • Reservations must be made in person, day of and up to one day in advance
  • Two hours per floor per patron
  • Water allowed. No food or drink
  • Three or more people required for large (6 chair) rooms
  • Furniture and chairs must not be moved
  • Dry erase markers and erasers available upon request
  • All library rules apply: Patrons in violation of library rules may be refused service.

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