Los Angeles Central Library

Los Angeles Central Library

Los Angeles Central Library
4.5
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Restored, historic library with Egyptian influenced architecture.
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Neighborhood: Downtown
Downtown Los Angeles is a busy metropolis of towering buildings, bustling streets, and industrial warehouses. There is a distinct multiplicity of cultures here with a growing influx of business professionals and hipsters. Many call the evolution of Downtown over recent years gentrification. New lofts, bars, hotels and restaurants are popping up regularly. Downtown is home to some of the very best restaurants in the city leading the LA foodie scene, plus it is the location of cultural and sports venues including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Staples Center, and the Coliseum at the University of Southern California.
How to get there
  • Pershing Square • 5 min walk
  • 7th St/Metro Center • 5 min walk
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  • Elina Michaelidou
    London, United Kingdom709 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visited the library to see the rotunda
    Interesting place to visit while exploring Downtown LA. The building has a long history and some nice bits of architecture. We visited it primarily to see the rotunda which was very impressive. To find it we went up to the second floor. We didn't have to register as guests, we just walked in. In addition, the escalators area had some nice installations hung from the ceiling and we even came across a few interesting exhibitions while we were there.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 27, 2023
  • mmgsc100
    Tampa, Florida127 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Admission-free artwork
    A beautiful building! I had the chance to visit recently, and while I couldn't check anything out (out of state) just looking around was a treat! Escalators take you to the various floors, which are organized by topic. The garden out front and the artwork inside was very nice to see in the middle of a large city - no admission charge! The rotunda was a surprise to me - I wasn't expecting it. Worth a walk-through, even if you can't take the time to read a book.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 27, 2023
  • knowsnyc
    520 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do go in!
    The building is huge and immaculate. There is a great shop on the first floor. Take the escalator up to 2. The rotunda has murals atop the walls and across the ceiling. Then turn left and enter the vast children’s room. More murals. A very friendly librarian answered all our questions. Recommend this.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 6, 2024
  • YanJing Jiang
    Shanghai, China25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A good library worth visiting
    Los Angeles Public Library is one of the historical buildings in the Los Angeles, it has many kinds of books in the library. It also has a lot of audio DVD in it, too. The staffs and readers in the library are very nice and friendly. It is a good place to visit.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 13, 2024
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Traveler61248101142
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
The library has pretty much any book you're looking for and the librarians are well-informed. However, the homeless have taken over the library, there is a terrible stench of BO and urine and the wooden private workstations are all taken up by the homeless taking naps. I do not recommend visiting alone if you're a woman, and if you decide to visit with children keep a close eye on them. Most of the homeless I saw were primarily men.
Written August 11, 2023
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Elina Michaelidou
London, UK709 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Interesting place to visit while exploring Downtown LA. The building has a long history and some nice bits of architecture. We visited it primarily to see the rotunda which was very impressive. To find it we went up to the second floor. We didn't have to register as guests, we just walked in. In addition, the escalators area had some nice installations hung from the ceiling and we even came across a few interesting exhibitions while we were there.
Written July 27, 2023
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mmgsc100
Tampa, FL127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
A beautiful building! I had the chance to visit recently, and while I couldn't check anything out (out of state) just looking around was a treat! Escalators take you to the various floors, which are organized by topic. The garden out front and the artwork inside was very nice to see in the middle of a large city - no admission charge! The rotunda was a surprise to me - I wasn't expecting it. Worth a walk-through, even if you can't take the time to read a book.
Written September 27, 2023
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YanJing Jiang
Shanghai, China25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Los Angeles Public Library is one of the historical buildings in the Los Angeles, it has many kinds of books in the library. It also has a lot of audio DVD in it, too. The staffs and readers in the library are very nice and friendly. It is a good place to visit.
Written March 14, 2024
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Izzy
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
There's something for everyone in this building. The architecture, aesthetics and design of the building blow you away. There's something for everyone to do and each of the floors caters to a different audience. Take a stroll through the library and get lost. You won't be disappointed!
Written May 4, 2020
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knowsnyc
520 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
The building is huge and immaculate. There is a great shop on the first floor.

Take the escalator up to 2. The rotunda has murals atop the walls and across the ceiling.

Then turn left and enter the vast children’s room. More murals. A very friendly librarian answered all our questions.

Recommend this.
Written March 6, 2024
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crunch6
Northbrook, IL733 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Make sure to take a tour of this amazing library with so much history. See the beautiful murals and the ceiling in the children's library. The gift shop has a great selection of items including The Library Book, which you should read after your tour.
Written February 24, 2020
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina70,599 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
We took a walk through sections of the library. It seems well organized and contains an excellent collection of books. Unlike many newer buildings, it is a beautiful older building, with elegant architecture.
Written August 7, 2019
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Tina Davidova
Tyumen, Russia18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
For me as a book lover it was just a dream <3 . The library was in my bucketlist and should be visited in any case :D
Written July 2, 2019
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Hliguori1
Las Vegas26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Friends
Local friends introduced me to the inexpensive parking facility at the Los Angeles Central Library,
It beats searching for parking and is a very short walk from to different attractions and local restaurants. This is perhaps a secret for the locals and something tourists might want to use as a safe parking alternative. Just park and enjoy LA.
Written June 14, 2014
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