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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.
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good29%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
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630 W 5th St, Free Tours Daily, Los Angeles, CA 90071-2002
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+1 213-228-7000
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Reviewed 5 days ago

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 3 days ago

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

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

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
Reviewed 26 July 2017

This library is a place to visit on your trip to sunny L.A. The Central Library has improved so much since my last visit. They have many more programs to see writers, community leaders, scholars, artists, musicians, etc. Art exhibits. I went to see the...More

Thank Almaz A
LibraryFan2015, Public Relations Manager at Los Angeles Central Library, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2017

Thank you! Please come back soon. We have free docent led tours 7days a week.

Reviewed 13 June 2017

It's a huge library but it's a lot more. There are lectures and events all the time, there is plenty of parking and a visit to the building alone is worth the trip

Thank Banerman
LibraryFan2015, Public Relations Manager at Los Angeles Central Library, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2017

Thank you! Please come back soon and take a free tour.

Reviewed 8 June 2017

First of all the garden and external surroundings of this building are amazing. Built in 1926, with wonderful fountains (like La Alhambra) and writings and sculptures celebrating knowledge, literacy from both east and west. Wonderful programs available (So check the schedule some are free others...More

1  Thank StellaHobo
LibraryFan2015, Guest Relations Manager at Los Angeles Central Library, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2017

Thank you!

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