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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
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Description: Restored, historic library with Egyptian influenced architecture.

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Amazing!!!! For library lovers ❤️

This library has been on my list for a couple months and it was worth the traffic. You have to have a library card in order to validate the parking ticket otherwise it's 8 dollars... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2015
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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

7.23.2015 - We did a quick walk-through tour given it is a stone throw away from MOCA and the Music Center downtown. In its heyday, this must have been an impressive and conspicuous landmark. But now dwarfed by all the tall, shiny bank building surrounding it. The interior passageways are dark and gloomy. The architecture is dated. The murals on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

This library has been on my list for a couple months and it was worth the traffic. You have to have a library card in order to validate the parking ticket otherwise it's 8 dollars an hour. Have fun!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I love library's and this one is so pretty! It's a gorgeous building and very large. Inside are 2 foodthings and a lovely airco. Be sure to look around if you like books!

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Owasso, Oklahoma, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

My city library is all modern. I loved this library for its character! Beautiful rotunda! It was nice to walk around to see what each room held. The murals in the children's section were more dated. It was rather dreary- but as an adult I liked the murals. As expected in many public buildings, there are many homeless people in... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

You can get to this hidden gem by taking the Metro instead of parking because it is quite expensive to park downtown. Upon entering the library, there is an information booth and a gift shop. I went upstairs and was pleasantly surprised to see a few exhibits. The first one showed old pictures of homes of Bunker Hill which is... More 

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Glendale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

This library does not only offer great architecture, nice art work, but it also offers a great selection of books, magazines, DVDs, and more. Its location is great; since there are many restaurants and shops walking distance. It has been a while I have not visit this library and maybe there are changes happening or that have happened and I... More 

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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

This place was the most peaceful place I been in Los angeles!!! I love the center of Flower and Figueroa!!!! Love teh Main Center and the HEart of Los Angeles!!! Cant wait to go back I loved the years a spent there!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

One of the great downtown things to do that are free. Every year we do a cultural tour of Downtown, which I lead, and this is one of my faves. Amazing architecture, great murals fully restored, galleries, and don't miss the children's section and the puppet theatre. Even better if you can time it to see a show there. It... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

This library is HUGE!!! It's gorgeous. I love the elevators lined with the old index cards from the card catalogues. You should be able to find information on pretty much anything if you can figure out what section to go to and where it is located.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Great place to go into just to check out the architecture. The Kid's Room is the best part to see and is amazing.

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Address: 630 West Fifth St, Los Angeles, CA 90071
Phone Number: (213) 228-7000
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Downtown

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