While Los Angeles is known for its celebrities, beaches and great weather, one building that doesn’t receive a lot of attention because of all the other distractions available is the Los Angeles Public Library.
The Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) is located at 630 W. 5th Street and features six millions volumes and is one of the largest publicy funded library systems in the world. Overseen by a Board of Library Commissioners, the Board has its five members appointed by the mayor.
Architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue designed the library, using ancient Egyptian and Mediterranean influences. The central tower features a tiled mosaic pyramid with suns on the sides and a hand holding a torch. This is designed to represent the “Light of Learning.” Other elements include sphinxes and snakes.
The interior of the library is decorated with various figures and statues. There is a great four-part mural that illustrates the different stages of the history of California which was put together by Dean Cornwell. It was originally completed in 1933.
If you want something to read (while you are at the beach!), the LAPL is the perfect place to find it. Even if you aren’t in the mood to check some literature out, the building itself is quite impressive and certainly worth the weekend trip there.
For more information about the LAPL, visit lapl.org