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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
Description: Restored, historic library with Egyptian influenced architecture.

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Even without books this would be a beautiful place.

Beautiful building from the outside but you really must see the inside. Parking is an issue. There are a few spots on the street, but the best idea is to go around the awkward... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Beautiful building from the outside but you really must see the inside. Parking is an issue. There are a few spots on the street, but the best idea is to go around the awkward one way streets and along Flower. Go in the first entrance after McGuire gardens, right by the library. At the library's info desk they will validate... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Several of my group went to the library separately and all saw different things. It is large. I saw the life's-sized murals of Ivanhoe. The library provides a description on their website along with other highlights. I also viewed the lights of learning and the chandeliers. The "gardens" were primarily water features and the grass AstroTurf with a collection of... More 

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Irvine, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015 via mobile

LA's central library is right behind the Biltmore. Highly recommend checking library calendar of events. We lucked out and joined a presentation f famous pop culture photographer. Also guided tours or self guided tours if this amazing building. Special credit to the fantastic gift shop; extremely helpful staff; art work like a museum and tranquil garden. All free!!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Pretty neat design of a building, but missing grandeur and 'wow' factor inside like libraries found in Washington DC, New York or Boston. I love libraries, but was a bit disappointed in LA Central. Beautiful to walk around outside and take pictures, be careful not to trip on all the bums. Can get some great views with the big bank... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

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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55 reviews 55 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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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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