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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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Fridays at 11 a.m.
This class explores works of fiction and non-fiction from various cultures around the world as a way to understand our differences and the...

Globe chandelier located in the Central Library rotunda
Fridays at 12:30 p.m.
Take an hour-long tour through the Los Angeles Central Library. Your docent guide will share stories about the history, art, and...

bowl of fruit, wine, and picnic blanket on a Martian rock. This image used alongside Ms. Newman's portrait above, is by astronomical artist Chris Butler. Used by permission.
December 10, 2022 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Why is cuisine a living language that brings together nature and culture? Cuisine is not just about feeding people. It is deeply emotional...

Globe chandelier located in the Central Library rotunda
Saturdays at 11 a.m.
Take an hour-long tour through the Los Angeles Central Library. Your docent guide will share stories about the history, art, and...

Approved for Adoption movie poster
December 10, 2022 1:00 PM
Comic-book artist Jung returns to Seoul for the first time since he was abandoned at the age of five. (70 min.)

This screening will take...

Ceiling of the Central Library Rotunda.
Sundays at 2 p.m.
Take an hour-long tour through the Los Angeles Central Library. Your docent guide will share stories about the history, art, and...

Photo collage of Lynne Thompson and Luivette Resto with a red and blue gradient background.
December 11, 2022 2:00 PM
Lynne Thompson is the Poet Laureate for the City of Los Angeles and a Poet Laureate Fellow of the Academy of American Poets.

boy playing chess
Mondays at 5:30 p.m.
Join us for a casual game of chess; all ages and skills welcome. Board and pieces provided, no registration needed.

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Mondays at 5:45 p.m.
Americans often speak fast and use confusing expressions and slang. One effective and fun way to improve your comprehension and...

verdant Korean 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...

What We're Reading

Recent Blog Posts from LAPL Blog
December 09, 2022
By Tiffney Sanford, Administrative Clerk
The growth of the Hollywood branch of the Los Angeles Public Library mirrors the development of Hollywood as a place. From sleepy beginnings, it grew quicker than expected, with highs and lows... Continued
December 08, 2022
By Daryl M., Librarian
Sally Thorne is the USA Today-bestselling author of The Hating Game. She spends her days climbing into fictional worlds of her own creation. She lives in Canberra, Australia, with her husband in a... Continued
December 07, 2022
By Susan Fukushima, Adult Librarian
Eric Esquivel is a Los Angeles-based writer and storyteller working in the fields of Animation, Comic Books, Journalism, and Prose. He is a graduate of The National Hispanic Media Coalition's... Continued
December 07, 2022
By Guest Blogger
Thousands upon thousands of teenagers in the United States identify as LGBTQ+. In fact, the Human Rights Campaign emphasized that at least 8% of the entire US population consider themselves a part of... 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.