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Restored, historic library with Egyptian influenced architecture.
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630 W 5th St, Free Tours Daily, Los Angeles, CA 90071-2002
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of the most beautiful libraries in the world, especially the rotunda, which is breathtaking. There were great art exhibits in the galleries. California residents can apply for a card, and get validated parking in the lot beneath the library which is 15...More

Thank WesSDCA
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a beautiful building and can be viewed as a great repository for books. The architecture is terrific to see and the murals magnificent, be sure to take a good look at them. We went for a current display of war resistance in CA...More

Thank 1dudley
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stayed downtown LA just a few hundred meters from 7th Central station. From there you can get trains all around LA. Need to plan it and buy a reusable top up ticket. The library was a pleasant surprise. Beautiful building with many exhibit’s inside. Not...More

Thank Jimmy N
Reviewed 16 August 2018 via mobile

I went as this was not far from where we were staying and it is free! Go up a level and you will find the timbered ceilings and some beautifully decorated ceilings plus murals on the walls. Walk through to the back where there are...More

Thank AnnieM452
Reviewed 14 August 2018

I really went to the Library out of habit w/o doing research. It was within walking distance of my hotel but I urge visitors to see it for the murals & artwork. It needs a cash infusion - as do most libraries these days -...More

Thank kitkit1
Reviewed 11 July 2018

Wonderful Building. Great children's section which the kids enjoyed immensely. The area is loaded with children's books, puppets and toys which encourage imaginative play

Thank genestern4
Reviewed 4 June 2018

From the outside, the library is very large, but from the inside it's even larger. I had never been here and my first impressions were above my expectations. I was honestly motivated to read from seeing the variety of books and that's saying something since...More

Thank enriquejuarez6212
Reviewed 25 May 2018 via mobile

It’s kind of a neat old building now dwarfed by taller office complexes. I stopped in while waiting for my Amtrak train. The original building has a modern addition attached with escalators etc. The older portion is fun to explore as the addition left them...More

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Reviewed 14 May 2018

Expansive graphic novel and comic book section located on level 2 of the library. Along with a children's literature wing for children who wish to read or enjoy storytime. There's a Panda Express and a cafe inside the library located on the first floor. Additionally,...More

Thank KoreanConven
Reviewed 30 April 2018

If you are visiting Downtown LA don't miss the best FREE attraction in downtown. The building built in the 1930s offers a glimpse into the architectural past of LA. Several areas not to be missed is the atrium which spans all 8 floors and the...More

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