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Los Angeles Central Library

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Address: 630 W 5th St, Free Tours Daily, Los Angeles, CA 90071-2002
Phone Number: +1 213-228-7000
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Restored, historic library with Egyptian influenced architecture.

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I did a scavenger hunt around the library and the local neighborhood. The library is beautiful and has a lot of history. It's worth a quick stop.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Riverside, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I did a scavenger hunt around the library and the local neighborhood. The library is beautiful and has a lot of history. It's worth a quick stop.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Los Angeles Central Library is eclectic, offers so much, not matter the interest, from the literary to the researcher, including an impressive genealogy section and changing exhibits. The interior mixes eras in its architecture. The gardens include a peace bell. The metro is less than two blocks away so accessibility should not be a problem. The current exhibit is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A gem of a public library and an architectural one as well. It's nice to see such a nice public space. Wander the building and enjoy the space.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This downtown central library is a great starting place to get to know Los Angeles. There is paid parking which is better on the weekends. For a visitor, you can use the wifi or get some books about Los Angeles. Then begin to explore. I would recommend an inside docent tour , just check for times and remember the outside... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

After a terrible fire by someone who felt books had violated some aspect of life, the Library rebuilt ad it is just splendid. there are Tours you can take, which explain the history and architecture which is really interesting, there's a Library Gift store which has plenty of things to peruse and oh yes, they do have books to check... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016

I loved the Los Angeles Central Library, peace of mind, excellent place to read and spend your time too. Had visited this place in June 2015.

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

The central library is a landmark historical building. Last time in order to keep the original character, the big addition went down in stead of went up. Inside of the building you will not feel it is built underground. All kind of art and culture design merge into the building.

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

This library is beautiful. It's worth just going to visit for a day, especially if you have kids. It also has many many books, but even if you're not planning to take out any books, just exploring the building is worth the visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016 via mobile

I've lived in LA since 1967 yet never visited the central library till 2016. I'm a life long card carrying LAPL fan, but never ventured beyond my local branches. I did for the Nazi Propaganda exhibit and was glad I did. The building is an architectural beauty, they have an extensive collection, good exhibits and it's all free. They even... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016 via mobile

This library has all the trappings of your typical library but because it's in the middle of DTLA they have access to more technology, books, etc then most. The staff is helpful and knowledgeable.

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