We are offering select services at 38 library locations, including Central Library.

Rolling Reopening

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We are offering select services at 38 libraries across the city. Services may include quick browsing, computer access, pick up of holds and mobile printing orders, checking out of materials inside libraries, and Library To Go outdoor pickup service.

Central Library is currently offering Browse & Borrow services in the first floor lobby only. Circulating materials can be retrieved from Subject Departments upon request.

As we continue our phased reopening, we're focused on creating safe and welcoming spaces for everyone, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Central Library Hours

Monday - Friday • 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Regional and Branch Library Hours

Monday, Wednesday & Friday • 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday • 12:30 - 7:30 p.m.


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Browse & Borrow

Quickly browse our shelves and ask questions for up to 60 minutes; retrieve reserved items and print orders.

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Public Computers

Branch library reservations required; limit 60 minutes. Central Library first come, first served; limit 30 minutes.

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Library To Go

Outdoor pick-up of reserved materials and print orders. Place a hold, schedule an appointment, pick up outdoors.

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Wireless Printing

Free remote printing services at all open locations. Print 10 free pages in black and white or color.

For Your Safety and the Safety of Others

  • ​If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, stay home and use our online services.

  • ​Face masks are required at all times on library premises. Masks must completely cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly against the sides of the face and around the nose. Anyone refusing to wear a mask will be asked to leave. Disposable masks, wipes, and hand sanitizer are available for all patrons.

  • Maintain 6-feet of distance between all individuals not in the same family.

  • Keep your visit to the library quick and efficient and keep interactions with staff short.

  • Use self-checkout machines, where available.

  • Capacity is determined at each library location to maintain public health and safety.

  • Restrooms and high-touch surfaces are cleaned hourly.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which libraries are reopening on May 3?

On May 3, 38 library locations, including Central Library, will be offering select services, including Library To Go pick-up service and in-person services at designated locations.

Will all library services be available for use?

No. As we ease into a phased reopening, some libraries near you will offer select services like outdoor materials pick-up, and we’re starting to offer some in-library services, such as browsing and public computer use.

What are the hours of operation?

Central Library Hours - Monday - Friday • 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Regional & Branch Libraries Hours - Monday, Wednesday & Friday • 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / Tuesday & Thursday • 12:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Do I have to wear a mask even if I’m vaccinated?

Yes, the City of Los Angeles requires that everyone in the library must wear masks at all times. If you prefer not to wear a mask, you may access online resources and e-media.

What if I don’t want to wear a mask?

Face masks covering the nose and mouth are required at all times on library premises for everyone over the age of 2, except in the case of specific disabilities (Per County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health Order). Otherwise, anyone refusing to wear a mask will be asked to leave.

What safeguards should I address before visiting a library?

Patrons should check themselves and not enter the building if they’re experiencing any of the following COVID-19 symptoms: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat or loss of taste and smell. If you have been in close contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19, you should stay home.

What is Browse & Borrow?

Following public health official guidance, library locations have established building capacity limits for the safety of patrons and staff. As a result, visitors are encouraged to keep their browsing short and efficient. Browse & Borrow allows patrons to visit the library for up to 60 minutes to browse shelves for materials, ask questions, and retrieve reserved items and print orders.

Will computers be available to use?

Public computers will be available at Central Library and select branch locations for patrons to use with the following guidelines:

Central Library - No reservations, first-come, first-served; 30-minute limit.

Branch Library Locations - Reservations required; 60-minute limit.

Can I drop my child off to visit the library?

No, children under 11 must be supervised by a responsible adult at all times. Children’s toys and play areas are not currently available.

Can I pay fines by cash at the libraries?

The Los Angeles Public Library is now fine free. We have eliminated late fees and increased the number of times materials can be renewed from two times to three times, so that you can check out items for a longer period of time. So the only thing overdue … is you!

Does the library offer free printing? Can I still pick up my printing as part of the Library To Go Services even after the library reopens?

Yes, our wireless printing service allows you to print remotely (up to 10 pages) and collect your materials at all open locations—including those offering in-person service and those with Library To Go.

Have programs and classes resumed at the libraries?

During this phase of reopening, in-person programs and classes are not available. However, many programs are now available virtually, in addition to our diverse collection of e-media resources and digital content.

Can I reserve a meeting room or study room inside the library?

No, meeting rooms and study rooms are not available in this current phase of reopening.

Can I check out a book after someone just returned it?

Yes. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has determined that we no longer need to isolate materials and can now accept returned materials directly from our patrons.

Can I still use an e-card to check out materials from physical collections? If I received an e-card while libraries were closed, can I change it to a physical card inside the library?

Yes, you can use your e-card by presenting photo ID or by pulling up your scannable virtual e-card on the LAPL mobile app at checkout to borrow library materials. If you would like to sign-up for a physical library card, you can do so at library locations offering in-person service.

Can I use the WiFi inside the library?

Yes, but to manage social distancing and capacity restrictions inside of libraries, lounge seating and reading rooms are not available. Sitting on the floor and congregating in groups are also prohibited. For ADA accommodations, please call (213) 228-7430 at least 72 hours prior to your visit.

When will all branches be open and offering full services?

As we open more locations and offer additional services as part of an ongoing phased reopening, updates will be made available on social media and on this page.