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“Best Place for Free Lectures”

Los Angeles Central Library
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Ranked #61 of 590 things to do in Los Angeles
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Owner description: Restored, historic library with Egyptian influenced architecture.
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Be sure to check out the free ALOUD lecture series for talks, interviews, and panel discussions from the latest authors, scholars, chefs, and musicians. This is one of the best deals in L.A., with parking at only $1. Central Library has gorgeous interior murals; sign up for a tour. The park out front is a lovely place for a picnic and for feeding pigeons. The flock is accustomed to people and will literally eat out of your hand. Border Grill is a short one-block walk west on 5th St. for inexpensive happy hour house drinks and cocktails.

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

A beautifully restored and expanded facility. One of the most interesting spots in downtown LA. Walk up the front steps that explain the origins of literature. It is concise, easy to navigate and definitely eye-opening. Good neighborhood for visiting other downtown buildings of note and ripe with delicious food opportunities.

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

According to comedian Bill Maher people don't even go to the library anymore. Oh, but I beg to differ! I'll always be a big supporter of public libraries. Okay, I may mostly rely on the Internet for my research, but there is something so special about going to a beautiful library like this one. Just to escape for an hour or two in a beautiful location with so much nostalgic appeal...what's not to like? Check it out for the art deco archittecture alone!

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Reviewed July 25, 2013

Let me start off by saying that I absolutely love this library. It is amazing! I love the murals, the chandeliers, the exhibits. It is a beautiful building, love the architecture. My son is 8yrs old and he enjoys visiting as much as I do. The children's area is comfortable and welcoming, the librarians are always very nice and never rude or grumpy. They have a computer station for the kids as well, free to use up to 2 hours a day. The websites are all specifically for children, age appropriate games, and so forth.The Teen scape is exactly that, a place for teenagers to go and just be! It also has a computer station, has an area with bean bags and a tv that often has movies playing. They also have an awesome history section on the LL4, (we love the elevator that is covered with old card catalogues). Computer stations for the adults also in different areas of the library. It is a place where you can get lost for hours, exploring or reading a book. They also have activities on different days for designated age groups from infants to seniors! They validate parking, if you're driving or its extremely easy to take public transportation! The metro(1 block away), the bus(stops in front of the library) or the dash(on flower and grand). The gardens outside are nice and very green. I read a lot of reviews of people complaining about the homeless in the area, for any of you that might feel uncomfortable around them please remember that they are human beings just like you and I. All in all I love this library and I truly hope that you get a chance to visit. Make sure to bring a camera, lots of great photo ops and comfortable shoes to go exploring. Also the children's rotunda is sometimes very chilly so bring a light sweater just in case!

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Reviewed July 21, 2013

The open interior is a stunning piece of architecture. It is well worth walking up the entire eight (?) floors.

Thank degordon
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