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Los Angeles Central Library
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Owner description: Restored, historic library with Egyptian influenced architecture.
Reviewed 16 August 2014

The building is beautiful! Give yourself time to take the tour to understand what you are seeing and the history behind the grandeur!

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Reviewed 5 July 2014

I went to L.A many times, this first time I came to see this Land mark it good for the day trip,I parked the car at China town walk through Mexican Market Ovelra street(one of attraction)take the local bus,across Union Station DAS B only$.50 cent stop near by Library sign up for the tour it is free.

1  Thank Kathy2500
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Reviewed 14 June 2014

Local friends introduced me to the inexpensive parking facility at the Los Angeles Central Library,
It beats searching for parking and is a very short walk from to different attractions and local restaurants. This is perhaps a secret for the locals and something tourists might want to use as a safe parking alternative. Just park and enjoy LA.

9  Thank Hliguori1
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Reviewed 22 May 2014

This is yet another FREE attraction in Los Angeles [along with Griffith Park, The Griffith Observatory, Union Station, The California Science Center (an interactive museum), Travel Town, etc] which is amazing to marvel at! From the Hollywood area take the Red Line subway train in the direction of Union Station, to the "7th & Metro" station; exit on the Hope Street side and once on the surface look to your left when you reach the curb. You'll see that Hope St dead-ends at the Library about 2 blocks away. Exploring around the outside looks like a cool 2-story older Library with a park, fountains, and cafes surrounding it. BUT INSIDE... OMG! Explore inside to see a free museum with a film industry theme (such as movie posters thru the decades). Explore until you reach the central core of escalators, which go down -- YES "DOWN" -- about 10 stories into a giant, open ancient Egyptian temple-like depth of many Library levels off each side. All this is held up by colossal, decorated, ancient Egyptian columns about 15-stories tall each! What a fun place to explore and great photo opportunities abound! Don't overlook that far above, is a bridge, where you can walk out over about a 15-story cassum-esque pit of very cool library levels; on the bridge you can even sit on sofas and watch the book fans meandering far below like ants in an underground city! Man, this sure doesn't look like the 2 stories you see on the outside. Who'd think they would have built such a huge Library deep into the ground instead of skyward... I suppose it is in keeping with the Ancient Egyptian theme. Btw, right next door is the tallest skyscraper west of the Mississippi. - ENJOY!

7  Thank Joey C
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Reviewed 18 May 2014

I love books. I love old Los Angeles. I adore the two together! This is a working library, the biggest in Los Angeles, and sometimes not romantic but practical. That fact does not diminish the lovely 1926 Egyptian and Mediterranean Revival architecture of the original bldg. There are large murals throughout the place. Beautiful sphinx and statues. A gorgeous celestial chandelier. This is a historical site and like many others is shy to give up its secrets, but go in with an open mind, an appreciation for old, practical things and don't be afraid to poke around. Do those things and you will like your visit.

Thank deabs8
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