Los Angeles Central Library

Los Angeles Central Library

Los Angeles Central Library
4.5
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Restored, historic library with Egyptian influenced architecture.
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Neighbourhood: Downtown
Downtown Los Angeles is a busy metropolis of towering buildings, bustling streets, and industrial warehouses. There is a distinct multiplicity of cultures here with a growing influx of business professionals and hipsters. Many call the evolution of Downtown over recent years gentrification. New lofts, bars, hotels and restaurants are popping up regularly. Downtown is home to some of the very best restaurants in the city leading the LA foodie scene, plus it is the location of cultural and sports venues including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Staples Center, and the Coliseum at the University of Southern California.
How to get there
  • Pershing Square • 5 min walk
  • 7th St/Metro Center • 5 min walk
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  • allthegirls2014
    Naples, Florida101 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see downtown; hidden gem of LA
    I came after reading "The Library Book" by Susan Orlean, which I highly recommend. It tells the story of this library, including its early years, its devastating fires and many other fascinating details. I walked over in an early evening and wandered up to the fiction section. The lovely librarian handed me a self-guided tour booklet (highly recommended) and off I went. Beautiful architecture, lovely surrounding gardens and sculptures and meaningful symbolic-laden artwork throughout, both from the original building and from the rebuild after the fire. What a gem of a place and I felt privileged to see it and privileged that my mom always took me to libraries as a child.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 24 May 2023
  • Elina Michaelidou
    London, United Kingdom707 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visited the library to see the rotunda
    Interesting place to visit while exploring Downtown LA. The building has a long history and some nice bits of architecture. We visited it primarily to see the rotunda which was very impressive. To find it we went up to the second floor. We didn't have to register as guests, we just walked in. In addition, the escalators area had some nice installations hung from the ceiling and we even came across a few interesting exhibitions while we were there.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 July 2023
  • mmgsc100
    Tampa, Florida120 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Admission-free artwork
    A beautiful building! I had the chance to visit recently, and while I couldn't check anything out (out of state) just looking around was a treat! Escalators take you to the various floors, which are organized by topic. The garden out front and the artwork inside was very nice to see in the middle of a large city - no admission charge! The rotunda was a surprise to me - I wasn't expecting it. Worth a walk-through, even if you can't take the time to read a book.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 September 2023
  • knowsnyc
    473 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do go in!
    The building is huge and immaculate. There is a great shop on the first floor. Take the escalator up to 2. The rotunda has murals atop the walls and across the ceiling. Then turn left and enter the vast children’s room. More murals. A very friendly librarian answered all our questions. Recommend this.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 March 2024
  • YanJing Jiang
    Shanghai, China24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A good library worth visiting
    Los Angeles Public Library is one of the historical buildings in the Los Angeles, it has many kinds of books in the library. It also has a lot of audio DVD in it, too. The staffs and readers in the library are very nice and friendly. It is a good place to visit.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 March 2024
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Deb M
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Okay if you’re already in area. Not worth separate trip fir parking fees and battling traffic to and from. Nice history.
Written 18 March 2024
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YanJing Jiang
Shanghai, China24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Los Angeles Public Library is one of the historical buildings in the Los Angeles, it has many kinds of books in the library. It also has a lot of audio DVD in it, too. The staffs and readers in the library are very nice and friendly. It is a good place to visit.
Written 14 March 2024
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knowsnyc
473 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
The building is huge and immaculate. There is a great shop on the first floor.

Take the escalator up to 2. The rotunda has murals atop the walls and across the ceiling.

Then turn left and enter the vast children’s room. More murals. A very friendly librarian answered all our questions.

Recommend this.
Written 6 March 2024
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mmgsc100
Tampa, FL120 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
A beautiful building! I had the chance to visit recently, and while I couldn't check anything out (out of state) just looking around was a treat! Escalators take you to the various floors, which are organized by topic. The garden out front and the artwork inside was very nice to see in the middle of a large city - no admission charge! The rotunda was a surprise to me - I wasn't expecting it. Worth a walk-through, even if you can't take the time to read a book.
Written 27 September 2023
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Traveler61248101142
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
The library has pretty much any book you're looking for and the librarians are well-informed. However, the homeless have taken over the library, there is a terrible stench of BO and urine and the wooden private workstations are all taken up by the homeless taking naps. I do not recommend visiting alone if you're a woman, and if you decide to visit with children keep a close eye on them. Most of the homeless I saw were primarily men.
Written 11 August 2023
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Elina Michaelidou
London, UK707 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Interesting place to visit while exploring Downtown LA. The building has a long history and some nice bits of architecture. We visited it primarily to see the rotunda which was very impressive. To find it we went up to the second floor. We didn't have to register as guests, we just walked in. In addition, the escalators area had some nice installations hung from the ceiling and we even came across a few interesting exhibitions while we were there.
Written 27 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

allthegirls2014
Naples, FL101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
I came after reading "The Library Book" by Susan Orlean, which I highly recommend. It tells the story of this library, including its early years, its devastating fires and many other fascinating details. I walked over in an early evening and wandered up to the fiction section. The lovely librarian handed me a self-guided tour booklet (highly recommended) and off I went. Beautiful architecture, lovely surrounding gardens and sculptures and meaningful symbolic-laden artwork throughout, both from the original building and from the rebuild after the fire. What a gem of a place and I felt privileged to see it and privileged that my mom always took me to libraries as a child.
Written 24 May 2023
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Wanderlust
Nottinghamshire, UK440 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
An absolute fantastic facility, superb selection of reading materials and public information. Magnificent building and beautiful gardens. The one BIG thing that would put me off visiting in the future is the state of the washrooms should you need to use them. Absolutely disgusting and filthy, found one person washing their hair in the basin. Made me feel unsafe and unclean using them, please be warned.
Written 25 April 2023
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FactotumDellaCitta
London, UK3,984 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
The library building is full of architectural gems. We especially liked the rotunda, which we had all to ourselves when we visited.
Written 21 January 2023
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Elliott
Los Angeles, CA138 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
This library was built in 2 stages; the older is worth exploring for its architecture and design but the newer is less interesting. There are walking tours nearby that can teach about the history, so they're definitely worth taking to make the most of visiting this space. Make sure you check out the children's section - it's the most interesting room.
Written 5 April 2022
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