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Los Angeles Central Library

630 W 5th St, Free Tours Daily, Los Angeles, CA 90071-2002
+1 213-228-7000
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Restored, historic library with Egyptian influenced architecture.
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630 W 5th St, Free Tours Daily, Los Angeles, CA 90071-2002
+1 213-228-7000
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Reviewed 5 days ago

It's always fun to see places at the holiday time and the library didn't disappoint! The inside had wonderful decorations and a beautiful tree. The new murals were beautiful. Then outside you could have a drink and relax in the garden.

Thank PPIEW7
LibraryFan2015, Manager at Los Angeles Central Library, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

THANK YOU! Please come back soon.

Reviewed 25 November 2017

The Los Angeles Central Library is an architectural throwback in downtown Los Angeles. The building draws inspiration from several different architectural styles - Art Deco, ancient Egyptian and Mediterranean Revival. You can take a quick peek inside if just to see the central atrium which...More

Thank John B
Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

Nestled in the midst of old & new LA, you stumble across one of the most influential libraries on the West Coast. OK, you can Google the historic patents housed here, but you must visit to be touched by history.

Thank zapprint
LibraryFan2015, Public Relations Manager at Los Angeles Central Library, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2017

Thank you! Please come back soon! Free tours daily.

Reviewed 18 October 2017

Great place to sit and read a book, in Maguire Garden, if you can find an empty bench that is not claimed by a homeless person. It is a pretty landscaped area, with paths for strolling or a not so secluded spot to "sleep it...More

Thank differentname
LibraryFan2015, Public Relations Manager at Los Angeles Central Library, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2017

Thank you. Come back soon, and take a free tour of the gardens any Saturday at 1230pm.

Reviewed 30 September 2017

Beautiful and accessible. Enjoyable with a tour or a self-guided map. Validated parking if you have an L.A. library card.

Thank BobFromTarzana
LibraryFan2015, Public Relations Manager at Los Angeles Central Library, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

Thanks so much for telling Trip Advisor readers about our wonderful library. Come back soon!

Reviewed 20 September 2017

This is a large library right in downtown LA that was part of the original development of the area. Unless you live in LA and take part in the programs and classes, the library itself isn't all that unique, other than the fact that's it's...More

1  Thank Queen J
Reviewed 17 September 2017

The building is exquisite with wonderful art to be seen in the Tom Bradley Atrium and in other locations as well. There is a wonderful exhibit going on now through January, giant murals "Visualizing Languages: Oaxaca in LA". Today the opening brought dancers and musicians...More

Thank Nancy D
Reviewed 2 September 2017

Big important big city library. Huge collection. Lovely architecture. Surrounded by important civic buildings, hotels offices. Middle of downtown. A landmark.

Thank Thomas V
Reviewed 17 August 2017

If one likes classic architecture and are a serious book lover. Then this place is well worth your consideration when in the area. Hints Parking can be both expensive and hard to find. Also Taxis in LA area are very expensive. So do a little...More

Thank David L
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Ton of homeless gather on the grounds outside here, very shady place to be. Dirty too, prob due to all the homeless and the garbage they strew about, but they need to clean this place up.

Thank bruce p
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