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Los Angeles Central Library

630 West Fifth St, Los Angeles, CA 90071 (Central L.A)
(213) 228-7000
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Ranked #29 of 385 attractions in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Libraries
Description: Restored, historic library with Egyptian influenced architecture.
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Jacksonville, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I went to L.A many times, this first time I came to see this Land mark it good for the day trip,I parked the car at China town walk through Mexican Market Ovelra street(one of attraction)take the local bus,across Union Station DAS B only$.50 cent stop near by Library sign up for the tour it is free.

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Las Vegas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Local friends introduced me to the inexpensive parking facility at the Los Angeles Central Library, It beats searching for parking and is a very short walk from to different attractions and local restaurants. This is perhaps a secret for the locals and something tourists might want to use as a safe parking alternative. Just park and enjoy LA.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

This is yet another FREE attraction in Los Angeles [along with Griffith Park, The Griffith Observatory, Union Station, The California Science Center (an interactive museum), Travel Town, etc] which is amazing to marvel at! From the Hollywood area take the Red Line subway train in the direction of Union Station, to the "7th & Metro" station; exit on the Hope... More

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Los Angeles
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

I love books. I love old Los Angeles. I adore the two together! This is a working library, the biggest in Los Angeles, and sometimes not romantic but practical. That fact does not diminish the lovely 1926 Egyptian and Mediterranean Revival architecture of the original bldg. There are large murals throughout the place. Beautiful sphinx and statues. A gorgeous celestial... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

This is the largest library in the LA library system, having been added onto and remodeled several times over since its inception. LA's Central library is HUGE, but not as big as NY's Public Library. If you love books, the LA Central Library is a must-see destination!

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

I visited with a friend and was expecting so much more! It's difficult to find a parking spot and expensive, I might add. The walk from where our parking garage was took us past some seedy-looking people. The architecture was pretty but it barely looks like a library inside. SO many books, to its credit, but it is just overwhelmingly... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

What can one say about a well-run and well-maintained public library. In spoiter of the ups and downs of the Los Angeles economy, the Central Library is always a good place to hang or see programs.

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Dayton, Ohio
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

I went with my friend, but was sorely disappointed. I mean, it was a library with some pretty art here and there and decent architecture, but I wasn't overly impressed. I could have skipped and been good. I was excited that they had a Panda Express in there though. That was pretty delish. The garden area has some really nice... More

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Los Angeles, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

Remodeled and spacious. Big and beautiful. Plenty of computers to use. This library has been here for years. You name the book and you will find it here. I went there for tax books. You should take public transportation because downtown traffic and parking is terrible! But this place has it all. An L.A. treasure!

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

The tour starts by the library store and it is worth taking it before you go to lunch. I believe it started at noon? Check their website. If this is your first time in LA, there are more interesting things to do, but for those of us looking for things to do in Los Angeles this is one of those... More

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