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Los Angeles Central Library

Address: 630 West Fifth St, Los Angeles, CA 90071 (Central L.A)
Phone Number: (213) 228-7000
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Ranked #28 of 316 Attractions in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Libraries, Traveler Resources
Owner description: Restored, historic library with Egyptian influenced architecture.
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Type: Libraries, Traveler Resources
Owner description: Restored, historic library with Egyptian influenced architecture.

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Woodland Hills, California, United States
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52 reviews 52 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

I go there to take out DVDs, movies and documentaries. I use the online research database for statistical information, and marketing lists. Movies: I have learned that "rather than come away with a migraine from 'standing on my head trying to read the titles' - use the Search and Hold system on the website. Way easier. Late movies that just... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The library is a beautiful building, the collection is amazing and the programs that the Library Foundation sponsors are extremely interesting. Great food is available at Patina near the Library entrance

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Northridge, CA
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71 reviews 71 reviews
28 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Well stocked, but would be a waste of time for tourists. Try wandering further around downtown instead.

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London
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014 via mobile

I didn't have particularly high expectations of the tour. I went because I had a spare hour and was intrigued by the building. It turned out to surpass my expectations and was one of the highlights of my trip to,LA. I was only sorry that I discovered this on a business trip and not when I had my family with... More 

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California
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535 helpful votes 535 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

In L.A., great old buildings are mire often than not torn down and replaced. This one instead was restored and the results are magnificent! Go!

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San Francisco, California
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Ok, I love libraries. Love them. So when I read the description of an "Egyptian" themed building, the LA Central Library floated to the top of my to-do list. It is a classic art deco building. The exterior is impressive, so is the sheer size of the space. The main atrium is beautiful, as is the children's reading room, with... More 

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Memphis
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58 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

The Central Library houses thousands of books, phenomonal teen and children's rooms and some amazing artwork. Plus the building is an architectural delight. You can go on a formal tour or get info for a self-guided tour. Don't miss this place.

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Los Angeles, California
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

I love libraries, I'm a big book worm and oh my god. the architecture, the art, the BOOKS! I went there on a lunchbreak and it took my breath away I had to leave because if I didn't i would have just camped out there.

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Highland Park, New Jersey
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168 reviews 168 reviews
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

The building is beautiful! Give yourself time to take the tour to understand what you are seeing and the history behind the grandeur!

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Jacksonville, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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