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Los Angeles Central Library

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Los Angeles Central Library
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

Time Out says

Designed by Bertram Goodhue, completed in 1926 and renamed after the city's former mayor in 2001, the city's main library is worth a look even if you've no interest in borrowing books. The exterior is a Beaux Arts beauty, topped with a dramatic, tiled pyramid tower and decorated with bas-reliefs by Lee Lawrie.

The main lobby features an unexpectedly colorful ceiling mural by Venice artist Renée Petropoulos; other highlights include a frieze that retells Walter Scott's Ivanhoe (International Languages Department) and a series of murals dedicated to California history (Children's Literature Department). There's also a fine program of lectures and discussions in the Mark Taper Auditorium (for details, see



Address: 630 W 5th St
Los Angeles

Opening hours: Mon-hu 10am-8pm; Fri-Sat 9:30am-5:30pm; Sun 1-5pm
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