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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
Image of books in various colors
3rd Saturday of the month at 9:30 a.m.
Sales feature hundreds of used books, magazines, and DVDs and are sponsored by the Central Library support groups: Central Library Docents...

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...

an ukulele with musical notes in a tropical underwater theme
The 3rd Saturday of Every Month from 11 a.m. - 12 noon
Learn the basics and play songs on the ukulele. Bring your own ukulele or use one of ours. No registration is required.

Close up of a hand holding a pen ready to write in a journal
Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Join this inclusive, in-person poetry workshop where poets of all levels can come together, share their work, and foster a vibrant poetry...

A volunteer walk-in tutor working with a learner.
Every Saturday at 11:00 a.m.
Would you like to improve your reading, writing, or conversation skills? Adults can work with a tutor for 20 minutes. Walk-in tutoring is...

Clotilde Yap, from My China Roots
May 18, 2024 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
This session will give an overview of Chinese genealogy books (also known as zupu or jiapu): what they are, how they can be used in your...

Photos of author Kaylin Melia George, author Kimberly Gee, and storyteller Barbara Wong.
May 18, 2024 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
11:30 a.m.

aapi joy
May 18, 2024 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Celebrate the diversity of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities in Los Angeles at AAPI Joy, a free festival...

Volunteer teacher helping learners in the classroom.
Every Saturday from 11:30 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.
Do you want to practice your English pronunciation and better understand those unusual expressions called idioms? This class is for you!...

Central Library's Maguire Gardens
3rd Saturday of the month at 12:30 p.m.
Take an hour-long tour through Central Library's gardens. Your docent guide will share stories about the gardens as they were originally...

What We're Reading

Recent Blog Posts from LAPL Blog
May 20, 2024
By Wendy Horowitz, Librarian
Photographer Harry Quillen loved the circus, and during the 1940s, he enthusiastically captured the light-hearted spirit of the traveling show with his large format camera. After his death in 1972,... Continued
May 17, 2024
By Vi Ha, Senior Librarian
Long-time visitors of Chinatown will be very familiar with the storefront with Sing Song, a Tyrus Wong (1910-2016) drawn logo of a bashful little boy in a traditional Chinese haircut with a robe... Continued
May 16, 2024
By Daryl M., Librarian
Douglas Westerbeke is a librarian who lives in Ohio and works at one of the largest libraries in the US. He has spent the last decade on the local panel of the International Dublin Literary Award,... Continued
May 15, 2024
By Maya Peterpaul, Librarian
Vintage city directories contained alphabetized lists of the names of residents and their street addresses (if they existed). Additional information could include their occupation, spouse, property... 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.