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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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There's nothing like it-ride the elevator and see the old card catalogues

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

Thank Sherry S
Houston, Texas
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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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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016

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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El Paso, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

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 

Thank Marta E
Saint Simons Island, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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