Los Angeles Central Library

Los Angeles Central Library

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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

Fodor's
"It's still known locally as the Central Library—but after fires in the 1980s precipitated reconstruction, it's become the nation's third largest public library." Full review
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
"Grand downtown library."
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
"The Los Angeles Central Library is vast, not only with books, but with culture" Full review
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Be sure to set aside some time to wander through all seven levels of book collections.
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