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Los Angeles Central Library

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Address: 630 West Fifth St, Free Tours Daily, Los Angeles, CA 90071
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+1 213-228-7000

Restored, historic library with Egyptian influenced architecture.

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Beautiful Library

This library is literally between massive building in downtown LA. It looks like it doesn't belong there and the city was build around it. Oh wait, it was....

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
San Diego, California
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Santa Monica, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great building to walk around to see the chandeliers and wall paintings. Atrium always has interesting displays. Peaceful place to take a break from downtown.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This library is literally between massive building in downtown LA. It looks like it doesn't belong there and the city was build around it. Oh wait, it was....

Thank CaribbeanFan79
Dobbs Ferry, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

There are beautiful features to admire as you approach this majestic building, including fountains and other architectural details. Inside, you discover that it is much larger than you thought it was. In the elevator, the walls are covered with old card catalog cards.

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Chonburi, Thailand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Built in the early 20th Century, the interiors are magnificent and so well preserved. The library is huge with different levels and even has a children's library. With so many new buildings, Los Angeles will forever preserve this part of its early history.

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Riverside, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

I did a scavenger hunt around the library and the local neighborhood. The library is beautiful and has a lot of history. It's worth a quick stop.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

The Los Angeles Central Library is eclectic, offers so much, not matter the interest, from the literary to the researcher, including an impressive genealogy section and changing exhibits. The interior mixes eras in its architecture. The gardens include a peace bell. The metro is less than two blocks away so accessibility should not be a problem. The current exhibit is... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

A gem of a public library and an architectural one as well. It's nice to see such a nice public space. Wander the building and enjoy the space.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

This downtown central library is a great starting place to get to know Los Angeles. There is paid parking which is better on the weekends. For a visitor, you can use the wifi or get some books about Los Angeles. Then begin to explore. I would recommend an inside docent tour , just check for times and remember the outside... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

After a terrible fire by someone who felt books had violated some aspect of life, the Library rebuilt ad it is just splendid. there are Tours you can take, which explain the history and architecture which is really interesting, there's a Library Gift store which has plenty of things to peruse and oh yes, they do have books to check... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

I loved the Los Angeles Central Library, peace of mind, excellent place to read and spend your time too. Had visited this place in June 2015.

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