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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 310 Attractions in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Libraries, Cultural
Owner description: Restored, historic library with Egyptian influenced architecture.
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Type: Libraries, Cultural
Owner description: Restored, historic library with Egyptian influenced architecture.

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Los Angeles, California
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79 reviews 79 reviews
31 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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28 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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1,024 attraction reviews
413 helpful votes 413 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
67 helpful votes 67 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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23 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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67 helpful votes 67 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
12 attraction reviews
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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Las Vegas
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5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Local friends introduced me to the inexpensive parking facility at the Los Angeles Central Library, It beats searching for parking and is a very short walk from to different attractions and local restaurants. This is perhaps a secret for the locals and something tourists might want to use as a safe parking alternative. Just park and enjoy LA.

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