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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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Beautiful library in downtown Los Angeles

An iconic Los Angeles landmark that has been beautifully restored by the City of Los Angeles. There is an impressive inventory of books and interesting temporary exhibitions. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Santa Clarita, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

An iconic Los Angeles landmark that has been beautifully restored by the City of Los Angeles. There is an impressive inventory of books and interesting temporary exhibitions. The only negative about this library are the transients and assorted other unsavory characters who use the restrooms.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Beautiful architecture and so different from everything surrounding it. The gift shop was unexpectedly nice.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Didn't take the tour, just wandering around a bit. The library is big (3 levels above ground and 3 levels under). The big hall is located on the first floor. There are also some exhibitions in the gallery. I saw 'Dine in LA'. I quite like the words engraved on the out wall above the gate.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

it is pretty large and they seem to have quite a few books but not enough in the popular section if u ask me. it's nice explore and stuff tho. went on a Saturday afternoon and it wasnt too may people to enjoy it. just a nice trip if ur bored or something. better than libraries I been to at... More 

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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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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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