150th Anniversary Celebration

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Celebrate With Us

Library Timeline

Explore the path from the library’s humble beginnings in 1872 to present day Central Library and 72 neighborhood libraries.

Three people in front of a Library Bookmobile, circa 1950.

Our Story is Yours Exhibit

An exhibition of images and objects of the library's history from its earliest days until now, which celebrates the story of Los Angeles through the lens of the library.


Share your library memories using this web-based storytelling platform to help collect and preserve the stories that connect us.

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LAPL Institutional Archive

The Los Angeles Public Library Institutional Archive chronicles the library's history from its inception to the present day

A coloring sheet featuring an iconic statue at the Central Library.

Sesquicentennial Coloring Page

Enjoy this free printable coloring sheet for the library’s anniversary.

A cropped portion of the library's 150th Anniversary Limited Edition Poster

Commemorative Poster

In collaboration with Gallery 1988, limited edition posters celebrating the library's 150th anniversary were created by graphic designers DKNG. Read all 150 titles featured on the poster.

Copies are available to purchase from The Library Store, while supplies last.