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Docent Tours of Central Library


Collage of images from Central Library

Come downtown and visit Los Angeles Public Library's historic Central Library. Enjoy the art and architecture of the 1926 Bertram Goodhue Building with its distinctive sphinxes and rooftop pyramid. Wander through the 1993 Tom Bradley Wing, designed by architect Norman Pfeiffer, and gaze at the 8-story atrium with its whimsical chandeliers. Learn about the library's comprehensive collections. All tours are free.

All docent tours are cancelled until further notice due to the COVID-19 virus.

Walk-in Tours

Daily walk-in tours of the Central Library last approximately one hour. No reservations are necessary for groups of six or less. The tours leave from the front of the Library Store in the main lobby.

Art & Architecture Tours

Monday through Friday · 12:30 p.m.
Saturday · 11:00 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Sunday · 2 p.m.

Garden Tour

Saturday · 12:30 p.m.

If these times are not convenient, please print this Self-Guided Tour (pdf) to make your visit to the Central Library more enjoyable, or schedule an arranged tour at your convenience, during library hours, by calling 213-228-7168.

Additional Tours

Call 213-228-7168 or send an email to for more information.