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Los Angeles Central Library

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Address: 630 West Fifth St, Free Tours Daily, Los Angeles, CA 90071
Phone Number: (213) 228-7000

Restored, historic library with Egyptian influenced architecture.

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Nice place with good free exhibits

Worth taking a look If you go in next few months the Free exit on Nazi Propaganda is well worth a visit. Takes around 90 minutes to read and do it justice Nice cafe and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Dallas, Texas
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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Worth taking a look If you go in next few months the Free exit on Nazi Propaganda is well worth a visit. Takes around 90 minutes to read and do it justice Nice cafe and gardens too

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Playa Vista, CA.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yes one's primary goal win going to a library is to learn. I must say this place gives one the chance to combine great literature with beautiful art on the ceilings and walls all over this library. The art can also be consumed walking the surroundings of the outside of the building.

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Newport Beach, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I am a bit of a library fan and I check them out in every city I visit. This Library is structurally beautiful, six floors of books, an adult literacy department and special exhibits. I attended an exhibit on "propaganda and Hitler" that was amazing. I think it runs until August. Walking distance from Union Square! Fabulous!

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located in Downtown LA on 630 West 5th Street, we visited this landmark - historic Central Library Goodhue building which was constructed in 1926, during our maiden trip to the city. Library complex is the third largest public library in the United States in terms of book and periodical holdings and Library cards are free to California residents.

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Livingston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My 6 year old son wanted to visit a library. Just at the back of our hotel was Los Angeles central library. We only wished we hadn't left our visit until the day we were getting ready to leave, it was amazing to see they had full floor of book for children, one floor for students and if this library... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

If you like libraries like I do, go here, but be sure to see all the things that downtown offers. There are always special exhibits. Great place to use the internet for free. As with anyplace in downtown LA - love the air conditioning unless you are from one of those places in the US where humidity is normal

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

Beautiful! A must see for anyone visiting L.A. Parking can be a very frustrating experience. I saw the sign in the elevator that said to pay at the pay station; however, I couldn't find the blasted thing. I was parked on P2; so I got off at P1 and looked all around and saw nothing -- twice! So I finally... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

Had the opportunity to frequently visit this great treasure of information with a central location. A great place to be for students with huge selection of books. I enjoyed my visits and remember them till today.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

After a meeting Downtown with an hour to kill I just get into the Library, I could not be happier I will be back at my next trip.

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Beverly Hills, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2016

Center of Downtown LA. This library has it all, books, magazines, cutural performances in it's auditorum, classes, workshops, lectures, lending facilities, research rooms, reading rooms, and information desk

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