Richard J. Riordon Central Library

The Richard J. Riordon Central Library, known locally as the Central Library was named after the former mayor of Los Angeles. The library was closed for major renovations in the 1986 after a devastating arson fire. It's estimated that about 20% of the library's contents were destroyed in the fire. The renovations were extensive and resulted in the new structure being the third largest library in the United States. The size of the building can be intimidating to visitors. There are computer centers where guests can research subjects without wandering through the massive building. The adventurous visitor will enjoy roaming through each floor examining the art work and exhibits often on display. The design of the library was influenced by ancient Egyptian and Mediterranean Revival architecture. The central tower has a tiled mosaic pyramid at its summit. The interior is adorned with statues, chandeliers, and illustrations depicting various periods in California's history. Individuals or groups visiting the library will be amazed at the contents to be discovered as they journey through the vast array of books, displays, and exhibits. It is worth looking over the vast collection of historic photographs taken from a variety of sources. Many of the images are available via the online photo collection.

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