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Central Library

Central Library Exterior
630 W. 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
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Kren Malone, Director

Hours of Service

Mon: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Tues: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Weds: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Thurs: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Fri: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Sat: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Sun: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Upcoming Events at Central Library
Ceiling of the Central Library Rotunda.
Sundays at 2 p.m.
Take an hour-long tour through the Los Angeles Central Library. Your docent guide will share stories about the history, art, and...

Self Help at 50 years graphic
December 3, 2023 2:00 PM
Join artists and scholars as they explore the 50-year history of Los Angeles’ oldest Chicano/Latino non-profit art incubator, Self Help...

globe with a stack of rainbow books
Mondays at 12:30 p.m.
Are you learning Italian but need practice speaking the language? Join us for a relaxed and informal group conversation via Zoom.

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Every Monday 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Join us for a casual game of chess. All ages and skill levels are welcome.

Boards and pieces provided. No registration is required.

a young African-American man smiling sitting on a couch, looking down at a laptop that's on a small table, with headphones on
Tuesdays from 12 noon - 1 p.m.
Did you know that the Los Angeles Public Library lends e-books, audiobooks, movies, music, magazines, newspapers, comic books, and more to...

a stack of books
Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m.
This is an Advanced Spanish Reading Group where we read and discuss short stories, poems, and articles to help expand your vocabulary and...

Verdant Korean landscape
Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m.
Do you want to learn Korean? Join us and learn the Korean language and culture. This program is presented by the Los Angeles Public Library...

Verdant Korean landscape
Tuesdays at 4 p.m.
Join us and learn the Korean language and culture. This program is presented by the Los Angeles Public Library and the King Sejong...

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Tuesdays from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Have you been served with eviction paperwork (a summons and a complaint-unlawful detainer)? This in-person workshop will guide you through...

Librarian reads to babies, toddlers, and adults.
Wednesdays at 11 a.m.
Stories, songs, movement, and more for children aged 18 months to 5 years and their parents/caregivers.

For more information, please...

What We're Reading

Recent Blog Posts from LAPL Blog
December 01, 2023
By Nicholas Clayton, Librarian
Los libros en español más esperados están disponibles en tu biblioteca. Haz clic en cada título para verlo en nuestro catálogo. ¡No esperes y reserva tu copia hoy mismo! Adultos... Continued
December 01, 2023
By Patricia Valdovinos, Librarian
La Biblioteca Pública de Los Ángeles ofrece los libros más leídos y más esperados para niños. Haz clic en cada título para verlo en nuestro catálogo. ¡No esperes y reserva tu copia hoy mismo!... Continued
November 30, 2023
By Daryl M., Librarian
Delilah S. Dawson is the New York Times bestselling writer of Star Wars: Phasma, Galaxy’s Edge: Black Spire, Inquisitor: Rise of the Red Blade, The Disney Mirrorverse: Pure of Heart, Bloom, The... Continued
November 27, 2023
By Sheryn Morris, Librarian
When a book is not a current bestseller or is an older book and suddenly receives a great deal of attention, people often want to know why. I think four possible reasons might explain this "sudden"... Continued

Meeting Rooms

The Literature & Fiction (Upper Level 3) and Business Department (Lower Level 1) have glass-enclosed meeting rooms available for use.


  • Meeting Room hours
    Monday - Thursday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
    Friday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Sunday: 1 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Sign ups on the hour or half hour
  • Must have a valid library card
  • Reservations must be made in person, day of and up to one day in advance
  • Two hours per floor per patron
  • Water allowed. No food or drink
  • Three or more people required for large (6 chair) rooms
  • Furniture and chairs must not be moved
  • Dry erase markers and erasers available upon request
  • All library rules apply: Patrons in violation of library rules may be refused service.