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Los Angeles Central Library

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

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Best library I have seen in US...so far

You can get to this hidden gem by taking the Metro instead of parking because it is quite expensive to park downtown. Upon entering the library, there is an information booth and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 22, 2015
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Dallas, Texas
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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

You can get to this hidden gem by taking the Metro instead of parking because it is quite expensive to park downtown. Upon entering the library, there is an information booth and a gift shop. I went upstairs and was pleasantly surprised to see a few exhibits. The first one showed old pictures of homes of Bunker Hill which is... More 

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Glendale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

This library does not only offer great architecture, nice art work, but it also offers a great selection of books, magazines, DVDs, and more. Its location is great; since there are many restaurants and shops walking distance. It has been a while I have not visit this library and maybe there are changes happening or that have happened and I... More 

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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

This place was the most peaceful place I been in Los angeles!!! I love the center of Flower and Figueroa!!!! Love teh Main Center and the HEart of Los Angeles!!! Cant wait to go back I loved the years a spent there!!!

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Fullerton, California, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

One of the great downtown things to do that are free. Every year we do a cultural tour of Downtown, which I lead, and this is one of my faves. Amazing architecture, great murals fully restored, galleries, and don't miss the children's section and the puppet theatre. Even better if you can time it to see a show there. It... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

This library is HUGE!!! It's gorgeous. I love the elevators lined with the old index cards from the card catalogues. You should be able to find information on pretty much anything if you can figure out what section to go to and where it is located.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Great place to go into just to check out the architecture. The Kid's Room is the best part to see and is amazing.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

We were quite disappointed with the general areas of the library related to books and borrowing, but were absolutely amazed by the Genealogy section down at the bottom od the escalators. Not of direct interest to me, with my British ancestors, but it must be wonderfully useful to local folk!

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Hobart, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

Happened on this little gem in our wanders. From the outside it is impressive - the exterior architecture is eye catching - look for the inscription: 'books alone are free and liberal....' Look it up The internal is well worth spending an hour or so with beautiful paintings and displays

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Stamford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Like: the docent-led tour was neat for architecture or history buffs. It covered a lot of the design of the library and how it came to be. Well worth it. I didn't use any of the library facilities, but apparently, the genealogy section is quite extensive.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Plan a quick visit, specially of the outside of the building. The inside is just ok. Lots of homeless in the gardens next to building, very dirty also.

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Address: Address: 630 West Fifth St, Los Angeles, CA 90071
Phone Number: (213) 228-7000
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Downtown

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