Los Angeles Central Library

Los Angeles Central Library BuildingIt’s impossible to cover the huge range of subjects on offer at Los Angeles Central Library, the third largest library in the US, but here is a short list:

Art, Music & Recreation, Business & Economics, Children’s Literature, History & Genealogy, International Languages, Literature & Fiction, Popular Library, Rare Books, Science, Technology & Patents, Social Science, Philosophy, & Religion, and Teen’Scape.

If you want to ask them a question, here is a Los Angeles Central Library infoNow webpage.

The Library, constructed in 1926, in itself is of marvelous architecture both inside and out, is one of the largest publicly funded library systems in the world with more than six million volumes.

The original Los Angeles Central Library (LAPL), designed by Architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue, has influences of ancient Egyptian and Mediterranean Revival architecture.

The central tower features a tiled mosaic pyramid with suns on each face. At the apex is a hand holding a torch that represents the “Light of Learning”.

The Central Library building was renamed in honor of the longtime president of the Board of Library Commissioners and President of the University of Southern California, Rufus B. von KleinSmid.

The Central Library new wing, completed in 1993, was named in honor of former mayor Tom Bradley.

Then in 2001, the whole complex was subsequently renamed in honor of former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan.

630 W. 5th Street Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 228-7000