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.


Ricardo Alcaraz

Tuesday, Sep. 12, 2017

The L.A. Central Library is a beautiful place to visit. Even if you don't go to check out books, the building is a photographer's paradise. The Library's beautifully restored 1925 building draws you in while the 1993 annex was designed to beautifully blend in with it's historic sister. The architectural art deco details are amazing. Be sure to have a gaze at the beautiful murals and the antique globe chandelier in the second floor rotunda. There's also a small gift shop located on the first floor that sells library and literary-related souvenirs. The Maguire gardens located behind the Library at Flower and fifth streets is a beautiful place to sit down and gaze up at the Downtown L.A. skyscrapers.

Jorge Valdez

Saturday, June 10, 2017

A good place to sit and relax while reading a book. There is a ton of resources for people to use and many floors of books and records. I was impressed by the architecture and the amount of variety of books and topics. Plus there is a convenient Panda Express which was clean tasted good. I would recommend going here.

alain berrebi

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Los Angeles loves its libraries. In an era where libraries are becoming a thing of the past Los Angeles has embraced them. West Hollywood has a brand new one and this one in downtown Los Angeles Aldo looks like vintage architecture from the outside is pure modern inside. Their Video Collection is unsurpassed and the staff are incredibly helpful. Anything you need can be found at this Library. If you're a tourist it's a must-see.

Holly Francis

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Beautiful, and lots of resources for job hunting; however, very dangerous, lots of homeless with mental health issues. They invade your personal space, I never go inside there without having my pepper spray ready, unlocked, and in my hand. Homeless people barricade themselves in handicap restroom stalls and stay there all damn day, I saw a women with a blender making a smoothie in the restroom; and another time I caught a woman watching me through a crack as I washed my hands... it was weird. Homeless men hit on you and think if you are a woman, you are waiting for them to be your poo poo stained, funky ass knight and shining amor. If you are a woman be extremely cautious and only sit close to staff and have protection like pepper spray and after I was followed into the restroom by some pervert, I wouldn't go to the restroom alone unless it is close to the entrance with a policeman posted by the door

srividhya iyer

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Amazing place to learn and explore. My daughter loves the children's section where they can read and play as well!