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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
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Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m.
Join us for Spanish for Beginners Class.

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Tuesdays at 4 p.m.
Join us and learn the Korean language and culture. This program is presented by the Los Angeles Public Library and the King Sejong...

Korean fall colors landscape
Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m.
Do you want to learn Korean? Join us and learn the Korean language and culture. This program is presented by the Los Angeles Public Library...

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May 24, 2022 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Got a gripe you want to vent about? Need to gush about Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness? Just want to chat and make new friends?...

Lucky Grandma sits on a floor of an apartment with stacks of money
May 24, 2022 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Join us for our monthly virtual film discussion. We will be talking about the film, Lucky Grandma. Sasie Sealy directs this dark comedy...

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Wednesdays at noon
Take some time for your creative pursuits with fellow art-makers in this virtual studio hour. Bring whatever creative project you're...

globe next to a rainbow stack of books with text that reads, Armenian for Beginners
Wednesdays at 1 p.m.
Armenian for beginners. Please reserve at language@lapl.org.

Four men in United States Marine dress uniforms play brass instruments outside.
May 25, 2022 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Celebrate Fleet Week! The 1st Marine Division Band joins us for a special performance in the Maguire Gardens.

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Last Wednesday of the Month, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Discuss important issues, pitch new programs, and learn about your community.
This program is intended for teens, ages 12 - 19.

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Thursdays at 10 a.m.
Join us for Russian for Beginners Class.

What We're Reading

Recent Blog Posts from LAPL Blog
May 23, 2022
By Meredith Sires, Children's Librarian
I was a curious and strongly opinionated tween girl growing up in the 90s and the books I treasured centered around characters of the same mind: Kristy in The Baby-Sitters Club by Ann M. Martin,... Continued
May 19, 2022
By Daryl M., Librarian
Veronica G. Henry was born in Brooklyn, New York, and has been a bit of a rolling stone ever since. She is a graduate of the Viable Paradise Workshop, a member of SFWA, and an Author Spotlight... Continued
May 17, 2022
By Vi Ha, Senior Librarian
Julius Levitt (1885–1953) was a promoter of Yiddish culture and a community activist, most importantly through the Jewish Labor Committee (JLC) to bring attention to the horrors of Nazism throughout... Continued
May 16, 2022
By Peter Hauge, Librarian
President Joseph Biden may have put it best in his 2021 proclamation on Jewish American Heritage Month: “The Jewish American experience is a story of faith, fortitude, and progress. It is a... Continued

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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.