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Los Angeles Central Library

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Address: 630 West Fifth St, Free Tours Daily, Los Angeles, CA 90071
Phone Number: (213) 228-7000
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Restored, historic library with Egyptian influenced architecture.

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Art Deco Classic filled w Knowledge ...

The LA Central Library is a wonderful nostalgic classic Art Deco structure chock full of books and learning opportunities galore. The exterior architecture and interior murals... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
David B L
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The LA Central Library is a wonderful nostalgic classic Art Deco structure chock full of books and learning opportunities galore. The exterior architecture and interior murals, colored tiles, painting and decorations are all priceless treasures of LA history on view. Centered in downtown - take a visit and enjoy! ...

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los angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm proud to live down the street from this wonderful resource. I get so many great books and videos here. In any topic I can think of. The location itself is beautiful- its in the middle of downtown with many great restaurants nearby. The library has multiple floors and the escalator ride between each floor highlights cool art pieces that... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This outstanding library is one of the (largely) unsung jewels in Los Angeles's cultural and architectural crown, and well worth a tour. The original building (1926) is an art deco Egyptian Revival gem by Bertram Goodhue. The beautiful rotunda, with its colorful murals, and the outstanding children's collections are particularly worth visiting. The library's immense 1980s addition may be an... More 

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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an old Los Angeles treasure. It's beautiful, well cared for and centrally located. Outside are fountains and parks, inside are books and art as well as comfy chairs and desks.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

I love this library, it is more than a library it is an experience, so much to see and do here. Other than the occasional homeless person trying to stay cool in here, it's a great place to be. There are even food places inside if your going to be there working on a project all day, you can grab... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

We went to hear a speaker discuss the Italian Food Industry in Los Angeles in the Mark Taper Room. It is a gorgeous place. I remember going to the library with my mom 50 years ago and because we were early, we decided to poke around and see what I remembered. We went down to the Children's Room. It is... More 

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West Hollywood, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Not only do they have a great selection, but the building itself is a wonder and well worth a look. Check it out!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

Step back in time and see a beautiful public library that has not only history in it but interesting art installations with in the walls. The one that caught my daughter and my eye's was the one called, "Live and Dine in LA" a collection of old diner and cafeteria's menu's in LA that never refuse service or food to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

Everything about this library is awesome, very friendly staff (minus the old lady in languages) computers in every section, easy navigation to all different levels, and even easy navigation to find whatever book, video, etc. you need!

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Corona del Mar, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

To wander around the library is to step back into time. The tall spaces, the murals make this much more that a library.

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