The library will be closed on Monday, March 27 in observance of César Chávez Day.

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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
globe image reading a newspaper
Thursdays at 11:00 a.m.
Stories inspire! Stories teach! Stories make us laugh! Research shows that listening to and telling stories helps us understand and...

globe with rainbow stack of language books
Thursdays at 12:30 p.m.
Russian for Beginners.

Mature students learning computer skills in a classroom.
March 23, 2023 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Bring your own device (smart phone, laptop, tablet) to our Drop-In Computer/Device Help session where staff can assist with basic issues...

Globe chandelier located in the Central Library rotunda
Fridays at 12:30 p.m.
Take an hour-long tour through the Los Angeles Central Library. Your docent guide will share stories about the history, art, and...

Image of the Maguire Gardens at Central Library
March 25, 2023 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Take an hour-long Zoom tour through the Los Angeles Central Library's gardens. Your docent guide will share slides, videos and stories...

Globe chandelier located in the Central Library rotunda
Saturdays at 11 a.m.
Take an hour-long tour through the Los Angeles Central Library. Your docent guide will share stories about the history, art, and...

Pablo Baler y Nestor Díaz de Villegas
March 25, 2023 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Los escritores Latinoamericanos, Pablo Baler (Argentina) y Néstor Díaz de Villegas (Cuba) presentaran sus obras mas recientes. El lejano...

Six children and one adult clapping.
Saturdays at 2 p.m.
Enjoy stories, songs, and much, much more! This program is designed for children ages 3-8. For more information, please contact children@...

The band Sextile, Kathleen Hanna, and James Spooner
March 25, 2023 2:00 PM
"We love punk, that’s why we want to change it."—Kathleen Hanna

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...

What We're Reading

Recent Blog Posts from LAPL Blog
March 23, 2023
By Daryl M., Librarian
Ryan North is a New York Times—bestselling author whose books include How to Invent Everything, Romeo and/or Juliet, and To Be or Not To Be. He’s the creator of Dinosaur Comics and the Eisner Award–... Continued
March 22, 2023
By Nicholas Beyelia, Librarian
Within the larger discipline of history, there is a field that has been gaining traction called public history. Public history can encompass an assortment of ventures, occupations, and activities... Continued
March 21, 2023
By Angela B. Charles, Library Assistant
In honor of World Poetry Day, I would like to bring attention to, of course, a poet, Margaret Walker but also a sculptor and artist, Elizabeth Catlett, and a book that features the two women’s... Continued
March 20, 2023
By Danielle Ball, Librarian
Women’s work—inside and outside the home—has always been a part of American life. But the reality of work has not always been easy. Through marches, strikes, boycotts, and organizing, women have... Continued

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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.