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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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This is a cultural center, with books & other media, & programs, & exhibits, & gardens, & architecture. Definitely worth a visit. Residents already must know this, but visitors... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Vancouver
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a cultural center, with books & other media, & programs, & exhibits, & gardens, & architecture. Definitely worth a visit. Residents already must know this, but visitors will also get it, once here. Do not miss this important place.

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Waterloo, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We were lucky enough to find someone who new much of the history and areas of the building to guide us around and supply some historical information on the building and departments. Has a genealogy department, which I really would love to spend more time in when able. The architecture is very interesting. A hidden gem. Check out the interior... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

One of my fave attractions to visit after walking around and doing a walking Art Tour in Downtown. The building itself has so much character, and offers many varied programs every day for kids and adults alike. It has all the information centralized and walking around the library itself is a feast for your eyes. Definitely a must see, and... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From it's beautiful setting (thank you LA Conservancy for saving it) to its outstanding exhibits, readings and other events, this library has stayed relevant and gorgeous in the age of the internet.

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

For many years the Central Library was closed due to a fire. But that was years ago and the library is a beautiful Phoenix that rose from the ashes. Be sure to visit the children's section which is bigger than most of the branch libraries in LA. The "new" section is like descending in an Art Deco-inspired canyon with large... More 

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the best combinations of old and new art and architecture I have seen. Originally built in the 1920's, there are some fabulous murals on the walls and ceilings of several floors. Even the staircases are wonderful. This is a highly imaginative and lovely place.The new wing, added in the early 1990's, contains an amazing atrium. Don't miss the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went to hear a friend speak for the Culinary Historians of Southern California that often have venues here. I am so impressed by the space, beautiful lecture theater.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

The Central Library is a beautiful building architecturally. It includes the most fantastic children's collection I've seen, and great art work. Walking around inside you can spend hours. Because it is a public building, the bathrooms and the sidewalks around the entrances have become havens for panhandling and people living on the streets. Be aware and supervise the kids even... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

Docent Diana Rosen enriches her library tours with energy, leavened with humor as well as facts. In the childrens room, she promotes the value of parental involvement in encouraging kids to read: "There's no app like a lap." The building, designed by Bertram Goodhue, is an elegant marriage of Art Deco to Beaux Arts architecture. Be sure to visit the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

This beautiful haven for intellects and curious children is a marvel from the interior to the exterior. Even if you are not a local with a library card, this is a great free place to visit. There is awesome rotating galleries inside and a very cool gift shop! If you need a souvenir, you should really consider getting it here.

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