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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
Description: Restored, historic library with Egyptian influenced architecture.

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Architecturally beautifully outside and the dome interior worth seeing.

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
Tina M
Hobart, Australia
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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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Malibu, California
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155 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Incredibly beautiful building. If you're downtown and sightseeing, take 30 minutes and check it out. Way cool exterior that totally contrasts with the interior. While not a tourist destination, if you're downtown, ya gotta see this. If not near dtla, skip. Quick walk thru and around. Grand central market and other dtla food places are nearby as is bradbury building,... More 

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Panama City, Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Modernized after a significant fire some time ago, this oft-photographed library is home to many historical and interesting works - not merely popular books. The central library houses the city-library's administrative staff and much of its technical services operation. Now providing Internet access, and online ability to search library collections far afield, this venue is both interesting to visit and... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

LAPL as a whole is great, and this location as the centerpiece, is even better. It's right in downtown and well served by public transit ( haha, LA has public transit? go back to opinions valid in 90s). One of the cool features is that you get discounted parking in the 524 flower street garage. As of Apr-2015, parking is... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Beautiful building from the outside but you really must see the inside. Parking is an issue. There are a few spots on the street, but the best idea is to go around the awkward one way streets and along Flower. Go in the first entrance after McGuire gardens, right by the library. At the library's info desk they will validate... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Several of my group went to the library separately and all saw different things. It is large. I saw the life's-sized murals of Ivanhoe. The library provides a description on their website along with other highlights. I also viewed the lights of learning and the chandeliers. The "gardens" were primarily water features and the grass AstroTurf with a collection of... More 

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Irvine, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015 via mobile

LA's central library is right behind the Biltmore. Highly recommend checking library calendar of events. We lucked out and joined a presentation f famous pop culture photographer. Also guided tours or self guided tours if this amazing building. Special credit to the fantastic gift shop; extremely helpful staff; art work like a museum and tranquil garden. All free!!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Pretty neat design of a building, but missing grandeur and 'wow' factor inside like libraries found in Washington DC, New York or Boston. I love libraries, but was a bit disappointed in LA Central. Beautiful to walk around outside and take pictures, be careful not to trip on all the bums. Can get some great views with the big bank... More 

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