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Central Library

630 W 5th St, Los Angeles, California, United States
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    Buz
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    5 Oct 09, 2013

    OK, gushing over a library might seem odd, but have you...

    ...walked upstairs to the atrium outside the children's reading room and stared at that 10' glass globe light fixture floating under those windows, surrounded by that enormous 360 degree mural?

    ...visited the three small art and exhibit galleries (upstairs and under the escalators)?

    ...perused the exceptionally well curated gift shop?

    ...visited the theatre where the hold guest lectures?

    ...taken your kid to the comfy picture book reading room or a performance at children's stage?

    ...enjoyed the fixtures and ceiling paintings in the children's room?

    ...sat outside the library in the well shaded lawn alongside the fountains?

    OK, if those haven't won you over, man, you're a tough sell. Oh, I know... grab a book, go to the "new" atrium, to the bridge overlooking that five story wall of rooms, and sit in a leather chair and have a good read.

    Recommended for:Art & Design LoversBudget TravelersHistory BuffsLocal CultureFamily Travelers
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    Margeaux Randolph
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    2 Jun 01, 2014

    I love libraries. This one is lovely. Though honestly, it can be a bit smelly with the homeless crowd.

    Recommended for:Local CultureStudents
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    Yulree Chun "@GogobotLA"
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    5 Jan 31, 2013

    Beautiful inside and out. Not only is it architecturally beautiful, there is also a lot of captivating art within the walls. There are so many floors to this place, it can be daunting at first visit.

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    Alaia Williams
    5 Dec 07, 2012

    Gorgeous library. Level after level of BOOKS. This library closed down for a while when I was a kid and I remember my mom taking me to the re-opening. Lavar Burton was there...it was probably the best day of my life at that point :-) Going back as an adult was kind of thrilling as a bibliophile. Sometimes I just like riding the escalator, peering around at all of the books.

    Because this library is in Downtown, there are more homeless people around, sleeping in the chairs and at the study tables than at most other libraries, but that's just the way things are now!

    They also have great stuff in the library store!

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    Josh Moody-Arndt
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    5 Sep 14, 2012

    I love this library because it work's both as a destination to visit and also as an actual library. The building is huge, with eight total floors--four above ground and four below. From the top of the main atrium is an amazing view that starts with a few unique chandeliers up top and goes deep into the heart of the building.

    As an actual library there is a huge book collection, free wifi and plenty of places to sit. Definitely worth a visit.

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    Jaak Treiman
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    5 Jul 05, 2012

    With over 6 million volumes, the Los Angeles Public Library and its 71 branches, is one of the largest publicly funded library systems in the world. Any California resident (permanent or not) is eligible for a free library card.

    The Central Library was built in 1926 and, following a devastating, arson initiated fire, extensively renovated and expanded between 1988 and 1993. The building contains notable art and architecture. Free, docent led tours are available.

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4.5 out of 5
8 members' reviews
309 people visited Central Library

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The Central Library located in Los Angeles, CA, is a historical landmark to behold, but it's usefulness does not stop at eye candy. After recovering from an arson attack and losing a good portion of its books, the Central Library now hosts an extensive collection of volumes and other literature for its visitors to peruse. Any resident of the state can easily stroll on in and enjoy the full ... read more
privileges of the library's stacks. On top of its literary collection, the library also hosts prime examples of modern and classic art and architecture. This cements the Central Library's status as a place that is devoted to and centered around the arts.

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