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You Helped Us Create a Better Library

May 29, 2022

The Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) conducted a patron experience survey in the Fall of 2021 (from September 27 to October 31, 2021) to better understand how the library can enhance patron experiences.


Illustration by local artist Ileana Hernandez shows how LAPL employees continue to serve our communities

Celebrate National Library Week

April 19, 2020

This week is National Library Week! Although our library buildings are closed, you can still find your place at the library, because we’re always open online, with access to e-media, digital resources, virtual programming and more from home with your library card.


Rita Walters at a Board of Library Commissioners Meeting

Remembering Rita Walters

March 02, 2020

Rita Walters, who served on the Board of Library Commissioners from 2002-2017, passed away on February 19 at the age of 89.


group photo of cohs graduates and dignitaries

Career Online High School Graduates 100th Student

March 15, 2018

The Los Angeles Public Library celebrated the 100th graduate of its Career Online High School (COHS) in a ceremony at Central Library, which featured Mayor Eric Garcetti; City Librarian John F. Szabo; and Bich Ngoc Cao, President of the Board of Library Commissioners.


I Love My Librarian Award 2016

I Love My Librarian Award

July 19, 2016

Our librarians make a difference in the lives of people in Los Angeles every day. If a librarian has made a difference in your life, now is the chance to tell your story.


We Miss You!

February 01, 2016

With love in the air, the Los Angeles Public Library invites you to help reunite a couple of old flames: your overdue books and our library shelves. They've missed each other, and we've missed you! Which is why for two weeks only, Feb.


¡Te extrañamos!

January 19, 2016

¡Se acerca el Día de San Valentín! Como hay amor en el aire queremos hacer de Cupido y reunir sus libros vencidos con nuestros libreros.


We Miss You!

January 19, 2016

This Valentine season, the Los Angeles Public Library is playing cupid to reunite your overdue materials with our library shelves.


Banned Books Week

LAPL on Instagram: Banned Books Week Edition

October 09, 2015

Banned Books Week may be over, but we celebrate the freedom to read all year long! www.lapl.org/banned


LAPL Logo and Literary World Cup Hashtag

Literary World Cup

July 13, 2014

During the past month, the world has turned its attention to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup. This quadrennial celebration of soccer/football/futbol/futebol/Fussball inspired us to hold a World Cup of our own. For each match, we presented a book from a writer representing each of the competing nations.


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