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Restored, historic library with Egyptian influenced architecture.
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630 W 5th St, Free Tours Daily, Los Angeles, CA 90071-2002
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Its architecture and design simply inspires just walking through the building. While downtown we detoured into the building to get some respite from the heat only to find delight in the myriad of books, design and, in our case, a guest lecturer happening as we...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank reyc632
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of America's great libraries and well worth a visit just to see the architecture and art. Lots to see and easy to find right downtown. What a wonderful experience just roaming around. Get a tour if possible. Parking can be difficult.

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank GenotheViking
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Go take a tour of this stunner! You will not regret it. It is across the street from the US bank building where you will also want to explore. Pay extra for the sky slide! Also down the street is the Biltmore where the acadamy...More

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank Pammy B
Reviewed April 16, 2019

Read "The Library Book" by Susan Orlean before you go!! Its an amazing read about the history of the library, take the tour!

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank plazeski
Reviewed April 15, 2019

This building is an architectural treasure! The daily tours are free.There is also a self guided tour that you can pick up and do on your own. Library nerds will love this.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Kathleen W
Reviewed March 31, 2019

In the midst of a busy trip, or even as a destination, libraries are always good for a respite. This library is like a museum—wonderful architecture and exquisite artwork donated by wealthy benefactors in addition to art being part of the decor. It’s a beautiful...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Sabrina N
Reviewed March 12, 2019 via mobile

I have visited the library a few years back but had not taken a docent led tour. Four of my girlfriends, a myself, recently read The Library Book by Susan Orlean so we decided to visit the library again. The book is a wonderful read...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank MrsPickle
Reviewed January 23, 2019

The art deco outside of the byulding id beautifyl The Art Deco building is beautiful. The inside has a stunning multi story atrium. There are many special collections and research resources. Very modern and up to date. Read the best selling, "The Library Book" for...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 17, 2019 via mobile

One of my traveling friends is reading The Library Book by Susan Orlean about the fire that almost destroyed this library, so we went by to visit. Tucked in the middle of a block this beautiful library is worth a visit. The beautiful Rotunda, galleries,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed December 9, 2018 via mobile

I went down memory lane as I visited the library of my childhood and also in tribute to “The Library Book” which is a book written about the great fire of 1986 that burned more than 500,000 books. it is a beautiful old building combined...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Go to the central library website, click on Events, and then click on Exhibits.
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