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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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A step back into time and the near past

The LA Central Library is a wonderful building to visit and get a chance to see some 20th century architecture and more modern work as well. After a fire a new design for one of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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London
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58 reviews 58 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

The LA Central Library is a wonderful building to visit and get a chance to see some 20th century architecture and more modern work as well. After a fire a new design for one of the wings was designed in 1986 which competes for attention with its 1926 elder sibling. The staff are very friendly and will guide you round... More 

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San Diego, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Nice grounds outside (fountains and sculptures) and so many collections, old and rare that you might not find any other place.

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Woodland Hills, California, United States
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54 reviews 54 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

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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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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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 via mobile

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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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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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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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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