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Los Angeles - Los Angeles Public Library

630 West 5th Street

Mission Statement:

The Los Angeles Public Library provides free and easy access to information, ideas, books and technology that enrich, educate and empower every individual in our city's diverse communities.


Matthew Jellick

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018
One of my favorite Libraries in the entire World, every time I visit, they seemingly have an incredible Art Exhibition taking place. A thing of mine is actually visiting Libraries in different cities/countries I visit, and the Los Angeles Public Library ranks near the top, not necessarily because of their stacks but because of their culture. I have seen two significant Mexican-American exhibits here and each time, came away memorized. Really. On top of everything else, they have an absolutely amazing bookstore which shouldn't be missed and which usually carries something associated with the respective exhibitions being shown. Sure there are the homeless and others, but within those shelved books remain words which teach us to understand and to love, irrespective of economic or cultural background...

Catherine A. Montgomery

Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018
An amazing place. Extensive collections of printed material including magazines and newspapers, but they have publications in digital format. Not just place for books and publications. There is a small park area open to public with fountains, and a restaurant. The downtown location has works of art throughout, including statues, murals, there is even an "old school" card catalogue on main floor. The architecture is amazing! Even if you are not looking for information or a good book to read, definitely worth a visit to enjoy art, architecture or enjoy your book in the park or restaurant.

Chris Ginnaven

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018
The Central and main branch of the Los Angeles Public Library is without a doubt one of the greatest cultural treasures in the entire city. Saved from demolition after serious fires back in the 1980's it is an island of tranquility in the midst of the swarming sea of the downtown area. I'm lucky to work just a few blocks away and as a subway rider I spend a lot of time on my daily commute reading. The Central Library makes it easy for me to always have something to read. As if the books weren't enough, the architecture of the building itself is reason enough to go for a visit or a docent led tour.

CandyMichelle Johnson

Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018
This is a very beautiful place to read and create new fictional characters. It's a place that allows you to be creative, learn and develop the inner-writer that's within. There's just one thing though, libraries everywhere have a large diverse mix of people. Not all of them bathe, it would be nice for public place to have aroma therapy diffusers or reed diffusers to make the air we breathe more pleasant. Tired of smelling piss.

Richard Weiler

Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017
Just a beautiful place to visit. Has everything you could want in a library. A architectural blend of 1920s El Lay with a huge modern addition erected after the sad 1980s fires. Sure it has a homeless problem, but it's a downtown library. What do you expect? The homeless and urban libraries go together like bagels and lox. They're taking over my suburban library too. Oh well, just try to ignore the madness and enjoy the books and beautiful surroundings.

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