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Spanning over 400 square miles, the Los Angeles Public Library system includes the downtown Central Library and 72 branches—the largest public library system in the country.

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Richard J. Riordan Central Library
630 West Fifth Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071


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Unless otherwise indicated, ALOUD programs take place at the Los Angeles Central Library's Mark Taper Auditorium. Parking validation is offered by the Central Library on weekdays with the use of an LAPL card ($1 rate for cars entering after 3:00 p.m.) and is valid until 9 p.m. There is an $8 evening flat rate without validation. See below for more details.


The Los Angeles Public Library does not own or operate public parking facilities near the Central Library. Library patrons can receive reduced rate parking with validation at the Westlawn Garage (entrance at 524 S. Flower St.), located underneath the Central Library. Validation is available at the Library Information Desk (first floor). To obtain validation, please present a LAPL library card. The validation is a barcode imprinted on the parking ticket.

Reduced rates are in effect ONLY during the hours the Library is open to the public. The Library cannot validate parking for cars entering prior to the Library's opening or remaining after the Library is closed, or on Sunday when the Library is closed. If visitors enter or leave the garage when the Library is closed, they will be charged the Market Rate for the entire visit, even with library validation.

Credit card or debit cards payments can be made at the exit gates. Cash payments can only be made at the P-1 level of the parking garage before returning to your car. More information is available at the Westlawn Garage Parking Office and the Library Information Desk.

Validated Parking Rates (Subject to Change)
$1.00 for 1st hour (or portion thereof) $1.00
$4.00 for 2nd hour (or portion thereof) $5.00
$4.00 for 3rd hour (or portion thereof) $9.00
$4.15 including tax per 10 minutes thereafter $37.60 Maximum including tax
Cars entering after 3:00 p.m. (until Library Closing) $1.00 Flat rate
Saturday (10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.) $1.00 Flat rate
Sunday (1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.) $1.00 Flat rate

Market Rates

$3.50 per 10 minutes
$12.50 Daily Early Bird rate for cars entering between 4:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. and exiting by 3:00 p.m.
$35.00 Maximum Daily
Weeknights (4 p.m. - 8 a.m.); and on weekends (4 p.m. - 6 a.m.): $3.50 every 10 minutes with a maximum of $8.00 per day

Handicapped Access and Parking
The Central Library is fully accessible to the disabled throughout the building. Flower and Fifth Street entrances have ramps.

There are two options for parking for the disabled. On the south side of Fifth Street near the Fifth Street entrance to the Central Library, there are two parking spaces with no meters or charges. In addition, the commercial parking lot at 524 S. Flower Street has the disabled parking symbol on its sign. The spaces are available immediately to the right as you enter the garage. Validated parking for people using the Central Library is available in the 524 S. Flower Street garage beneath the Maguire Gardens. To obtain a validation, you must show your Los Angeles Public Library library card at the Information Desk on the first floor during regular Library hours. Library cards are available free of charge.

Public Transportation
The Metro Blue Line (7th St./Metro Center/Julian Dixon Station) and Metro Red Line (7th St./Metro Center/Julian Dixon Station and Pershing Square Station) both have stops near Central Library. Most buses which come downtown stop near the Central Library. Check the MTA web site for rates, routes and schedules.

Transportation around downtown Los Angeles is convenient if you take the DASH