Los Angeles Central Library

Top 2% of attractions in Los Angeles
8 / 10

7 expert reviews

“This is one of L.A.'s early architectural achievements and the third-largest library in the United States.”

– Frommer's

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet
"One of the coolest buildings in town, the Egyptian-flavored 1922 central library was designed by Bertram Goodhue and named for a former mayor." Full review
Not For Tourists Not For Tourists
"Grand downtown library."
Michelin Guide Michelin Guide
1 Star
"Other artistic highlights include the rotunda's 2,000-pound cast-bronze chandelier; and the California History Murals, by Albert Herter, in the Children's Literature Room." Full review
On the Grid On the Grid
"The Los Angeles Central Library is vast, not only with books, but with culture." Full review
Be sure to set aside some time to wander through all seven levels of book collections.
Time Out Time Out
"Designed by Bertram Goodhue, completed in 1926 and renamed after the city's former mayor in 2001, the city's main library is worth a look even if you've no interest in borrowing books." Full review
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