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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 #22 of 369 attractions in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Libraries
Description: Restored, historic library with Egyptian influenced architecture.
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Los Angeles, California
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398 reviews 398 reviews
71 attraction reviews
328 helpful votes 328 helpful votes
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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Littlehampton, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

We were made very welcome on our visit. it is well worth to spend an hour there. Great they did not knock the place down. Some of the interior is superb. Easy to get to on the metro.

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Uzes, France
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73 reviews 73 reviews
14 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

It seems a bit churlish to criticise, but the ordinary parts of the building were a little dreary and reminiscent of institutions. They had low ceilings and bare walls which were screaming out for some art work. The rotunda was fascinating with very unusual colours. The light fitting was awesome. The rotunda is well worth seeing.

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phoenix
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131 reviews 131 reviews
64 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

Spend a few minutes to walk around the facility inside and out. Historic architecture with a new indoor wing with an open atrium

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Los Angeles, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

this library has history, a great collection, and all the modern conveniences. this library has history, a great collection, and all the modern conveniences.

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Adelaide, Australia
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69 reviews 69 reviews
34 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

I didn't get a chance to see any of their library collections, but the building itself is very impressive. If you happen to be in Downtown, just stop by.

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Toronto, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

We sort of stumbled across this place and am I ever glad we did. The library is housed in a gorgeous building with a great atrium. There are exhibits and galleries, a small funky shop, and the children's floor is incredible. The librarians are great - everyone is approachable and willing to answer questions about the building and the collections.... More

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

The librarians know their stuff, and if there weren't strict opening and closing times, I might stay there for days at a time just reading various books! 0_0 Also, their photo archives are meticulous. I got the opportunity to go into the restricted area to work on an academic paper I am having published soon in a journal. Anyway, the... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

This building was located behind our hotel and on checking the opening hours we wandered in. A multi-storeyed building with some underground, it is well worth a visit. The library staff were very friendly and gave us a walking tour sheet to checkout the main features of the library. Interesting and very modern chandeliers.

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Pasadena, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

I had not been inside until this year and was impressed with the artwork and the architecture. The grounds are lovely and there is a parking garage under the library that most times is free for patrons.

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