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Hours of Operation
Items in the Rare Books Room are available by appointment only between the hours of 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you're unable to visit on a weekday, we'll do our best to accommodate you.
Please note that materials are not available for check-out.
To Make an Appointment
Please fill out this Online Appointment Form. A staff member will contact you within 24 hours. Virtual appointments of up to one hour can be accommodated for patrons unable to visit the Library in person.
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- Ani Boyadjian, Department Manager, Research & Special Collections | 213-228-7223
- Dan Nishimoto, Acting Senior Librarian, Digitization & Special Collections | 213-228-7353
Materials & Collections
Rare books has over 22,000 volumes predominantly in English and Spanish, dating from the fifteenth century. The majority of materials were published in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
The Los Angeles Public Library’s institutional archives are housed in Rare, as well as the Los Angeles Resistance and Brockman Gallery archives (finding aids are available via the Online Archive of California).
Core collections in the Rare Books Room include California History, Mexicana, Bullfighting, Pacific voyages, Food and wine, Costume, Travel in North America, Europe and the Near East, History of the book and printing, Ornithology and American Indians.
Other collections include the Casey Fashion Plate Collection, the Tom Owen Collection of Bookplate Art, Japanese Prints, California Prints, Artists' Books, Travel posters, the Menu Collection, the Paul Fritzche Collection of Culinary Literature, the Cookery Ephemera Collection, Fruit Crate Labels, the Lummis Autograph Collection, the Gladys English Collection of American Children's Book Illustration, and the Behymer Opera Collection.