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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: (213) 228-7000

Restored, historic library with Egyptian influenced architecture.

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Beautiful building and great exhibits

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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 

Thank Sherry S
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great treasure in the financial district of LA. If find comfort in being around books, so this is a favorite spot of mine. The interior of the library is worth seeing, but make sure to ask for a guide that they can provide, that will be especially helpful with the temporary exhibits they may have. So much... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I wanted to return here because I luv libraries! The architecture of this building is phenomenal. Upon entering, I asked for a self guided handout of the library. They gave me 2, one for the inside and the other for the outside. I tried to follow it but escalator to 2nd floor was out so took elevator! If you walk... More 

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Saint Simons Island, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had some time to kill be for my dinner reservation so I popped in here to look around. Lucky Me! The Nazi exhibit was there and how well done it is. First, it is free. Second, you take it in at your own pace. And finally, it is extensive. People here are friendly and helpful.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

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 July 5, 2016 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

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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