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Restored, historic library with Egyptian influenced architecture.Restored, historic library with Egyptian influenced architecture.
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Info Now: (213) 228-7272

Fax: (213) 228-7069

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florence and main st.
Central City East, Central LA, Downtown Los Angeles, Financial District
Computer Center, Government Document Locator, InfoNow, Language Learning Center, Low-Vision Service Center...

Los Angeles Branch Libraries

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Howard S.



I was invited to visit the Los Angeles Public Library by the Red Circle Project for an event that was put on through LA Made which is a company that puts on regular events for the library.

This event featured Janet Mock who is Transgendered who has had a very successful life and she made a very nice seech followed by a question and answer session.

In Addition: Janet Mock also wrote a book that she was promoting as well!

I want to personally Thank Michelle Enfield from The Red Circle Project for inviting ME to the event back on Monday, October 16, 2017.

I want to also personally Thank Janet Mock for taking the time out of her very busy schedule for giving a very educational lecture as well.

Lastly, I want to personally Thank the staff at the Downtown Los Angeles Public Library for also assisting in showcasing the event.

Sincerely yours,

Howard Paul Shore
Executive, Volunteer Writer For Google And Tripadvisor Websites



The building is exquisite, particularly the absolutely gorgeous children's section. Being downtown, there are a LOT of homeless people hanging out inside and out, sometimes looking at skeevy things on library computers. Being so big, this place can be hard to navigate, but staff is (generally) good about pointing you in the right direction.



Tour the Library too

If you are going to the Los Angeles Public Library check out the docent-led tours around 12 noon every day. It is a wonderful experience. Even if you don't have children, be sure to see the Children's department. The furnishings are fabulous and make you want to read your favorite bedtime story again.



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Shopping at the Library

It's surprising to find such a chic gift shop in a public library. Located in the Grand Central Los Angeles Public library downtown, it's great for picking up a well-designed card, delicate piece of jewelry, or witty book on your lunch break. There's a section devoted to Los Angeles travel and art books for tourists or natives wanting to further their knowledge of the city and a rotating stock of coffee table books, tote bags and purses, and artistmade jewelry. The store offers designer items like jewelry from Alexis Bittar and purses from LoopNYC as well as kookier items like cutesy Japanese stationery and t-shirts declaring ""I like boys in glasses"". I also enjoy the large selection of post cards and magnets featuring vintage images of LA scenes or '50s housewives. There's also usually a sale about once a month, with a variety of cards, books, and gift items on sale for 25%-50% off. Best of all, the profits benefit the Library Foundation, a nonprofit organization that funds literary programs for children and teens.

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By far the best.

Im glad to see this library recovered fully from the fire. The interior is contemporary and clean. Everything has been well laid out. You can find almost any book here, and if not, the librarians will be more than willing to assist you in either locating the book or finding one better than the one you were looking for. Take a ride in the elevator, youll find the old card catalogue system on your way up and down. Outside is a beautiful sitting area laid out in tiers. Youll also find that they offer many programs for kids, teens and adults alike.


Phone: (213) 228-7000

Address: 630 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Website: LA Public Library

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