Central Library

Its imposing tower crowned by a pyramid that echoes City Hall, this striking building (1926, Bertram Goodhue) was conceived as an allegory on The Light of Learning, expressed through exterior and interior sculptures, murals, inscriptions and tilework. The rotunda is decorated with more than 9,000sq ft of murals by Dean Cornwell depicting California's eras of discovery, mission-building and Americanization, and the founding of Los Angeles. 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 (2nd level).Seriously damaged by fire in 1986, the library reopened in October 1993 after extensive restoration and renovation of the original building. It added the Tom Bradley Wing, an eight-story atrium structure, half underground, that doubled the facility's size to 540,000sq ft. A 1.5-acre garden on the building's Flower Street side features contemporary sculptures on the themes of language and knowledge.

Useful information

Address:

W. 5th Street 630, 90071 Los Angeles

Phone:

+1 213-228-7000

Opening hours

[Tue and Thu 12.30pm-8pm, Wed, Fri and Sat 10am-5.30pm - closed Mon and Sun]

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