Face masks are required in all City of Los Angeles facilities, including libraries.


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Our libraries have reopened and we're excited to welcome you back to a fine-free library experience.

Our libraries are offering select in-person services that include browsing, computer access, pick up of holds, mobile printing orders, and checking out of materials inside libraries.

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.


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Browse & Borrow

Browse our shelves and ask questions; retrieve reserved items and print orders.

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Public Computers

Reservations required; limit 60 minutes. Central Library also offers walk-in computer use.

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Book Bundles To Go

Let us surprise your child (and you!) with a wonderful selection of books from Book Bundles To Go.

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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

  • Face masks are required, regardless of vaccination status, on library premises.

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

  • Use self-checkout machines, where available.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happened to Library To Go?

While the Library To Go outdoor pick-up service is no longer available, patrons may still place items on hold and pick them up inside their local library.

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.

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!

Have programs and classes resumed at the libraries?

During this phase of reopening, indoor 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. Several library locations are now offering outdoor programs. Visit our events calendar for more information.

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.

Can I use the WiFi inside the library?


When will all branches be offering full services?

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