Los Angeles Public Library – Central Library

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Over the West-facing entrance of the Central Library, the following words are inscribed: Et Quasi Cursores, Vitai Lampada Tradunt.  In translation, “Like runners, they hand on the torch of life.”  This quote is appropriate for a library as books are a medium through which we transfer knowledge.  But though our Central Library is the third largest collection of books and periodical holdings in the United States, this 1926 landmark acts as so much more than a bookshelf.

Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue’s architectural design alone makes this building standout.  The Mediterranean influences are standard for Southern California, but the Egyptian Revival influences are particular to the 1920’s in the wake of the 1922 discovery of King Tut’s tomb.  These notes, however, are only about structural impressions.  What I find most exciting about this library is how people use it.   It’s a museum, a first date, a field trip, a private sanctuary, and a community center.

Learn more about the Central Library art, architecture, and services here: http://www.lapl.org/central/

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Posted on February 27, 2012, in Downtown and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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