Touring the Los Angeles Central Library
I am a huge library nerd. Always have been. When I was a kid I would visit the library multiple times a week and always come home with a huge bag full of books. When I was in high school I would go to the library…to look for books to read. I did my studying at home! And as an adult I still visit the library regularly to check out the latest celebrity memoir or best seller that I don’t feel like shelling out money for at the bookstore.
Truthfully, I’ve visited more libraries in SoCal than the average citizen. And my very favorite one is the Los Angeles Central Library in the heart of Downtown.
I cannot tell you how long I’d been meaning to take this tour. It’d been on my list for years. Last Saturday I finally lucked out. I needed to go to the library store and got stuck in traffic making me arrive at there at…I kid you not…5 til 2. It was fate!
We started the tour just outside the bookstore and learned about the history of the library. Did you know that Los Angeles has had a library system in place since 1872? The Central Library was built in 1926.
Just breathtaking. We learned all about the design and history of this amazing room. There’s so much art that it’s overwhelming. Just look at these murals.
These are but two of the four that flank each wall. And then there’s these Deco era statues
Just off the rotunda is the children’s room. I had never been in it before and I was in for quite a treat.
The murals date to the early days of the library and illustrate California history as this was initially the history room. Isn’t it amazing! I seriously want to live in it.
Leaving the past we entered the new wing of the library built in 1993.
Our final stop was the current history room and the last functioning card catalog which is used by the genealogy department.
And it was in this room that I found yet another hidden gem – a photography exhibit devoted to classic Hollywood at Court.
630 W. 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Tours offered Monday – Friday at 12:30 and Saturday at 11 and 2.