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Eric Brightwell and his maps
Keith Kesler, September 26, 2023

Los Angeles, the sprawling metropolis known for its iconic palm trees, Hollywood glitz, and diverse neighborhoods, has always been a city of unique stories and hidden treasures. And in our latest installment of "L.A.


Christina Rice looking at our photo archives
Christina Rice, August 19, 2023

For a look at Los Angeles in the 80s and 90s, the Carol Westwood collection is an indispensable resource.


Wendy holding up a photo from the Jay More collection
Wendy Horowitz, February 21, 2023

In this video, archivist Wendy Horowitz of the library’s Photo Collection discusses the Jay More Collection. More was known for documenting historic Los Angeles buildings before they were demolished.


Amanda Charles and Candacy Taylor in the rare books room
Amanda Charles, February 07, 2023

Los Angeles Public Library has the second largest collection of Green Books, and we were honored to speak to Candacy Taylor, author of Overgrou


Section of a map of Downtown Los Angeles
Neale Stokes, June 20, 2019

In the latest, Pride-themed episode of Stories from the Map Cave, map librarian Glen Creason walks us through some significant landmarks and events in Los Angeles' LGBTQIA history. Watch below:


firefighters climbing ladder with equipment
Neale Stokes, October 13, 2018

October 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the LA Central Library reopening seven years after a catastrophic fire in 1986. In this short film, three people who were at the fire share their memories of the fire and the effort to recover and rebuild.


Claire L. Evans Photo
Neale Stokes, September 27, 2018

Author Claire L. Evans is a big fan of Los Angeles Public Library and she used the library extensively to research her new book Broad Band.


portion of the front page of the liberator magazine
Neale Stokes, February 23, 2018

The Liberator is an early 20th-century Los Angeles African American newspaper, whose owner and editor, Jefferson Lewis Edmonds, was formerly enslaved and spent twenty years in bondage before Emancipation.


Picture of woman and child in library
Neale Stokes, December 22, 2017

Los Angeles is massive, and the library has seventy-three locations serving almost every part of the city, from San Pedro to Sylmar.


Section of Historic Map of Los Angeles
Neale Stokes, November 21, 2017

Before Los Angeles, there was Yangna, home to the Tongva people, Native Americans who numbered at least 5,000 in the Los Angeles Basin before the arrival of Europeans.


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