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Central Library named one of top 25 most beautiful in the world

By Hayley Fox
Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at 02:25PM
Central Library Ed Fuentes

The Central Library in downtown Los Angeles.

Los Angeles' Central Library in Downtown was voted one of the top 25 most beautiful libraries in the world by culture-centric website Flavorpill. This DTLA public library branch joined the ranks of Kanazawa Umimirai Library in Japan, the Royal Danish Library in Denmark and the Angelica Library in Rome.

Downtown's library is expansive and steeped in history -- with decadent artwork, detailed architecture and a whole lot of books.

The 5th street location has had a revival in recent years with community events like the Aloud series that bring in artists, writers and performers for a series of topical discussions. To reach a slightly younger demographic, the library has also begun hosting events such as "This is Your Library" -- an evening structured like a late night talk show that includes celebrity guests, a bar and bands.

The library's Maguire Gardens were even voted by the L.A. Weekly to be the best places to "read a book or get married" in 2011. It's described as "one of the most unlikely and magically peaceful places in the city, and it's open to the public every day of the year."

According to Flavorpill, they made their top 25 list because they're "suckers for beautiful libraries." They've previously published stories on beautiful college libraries and private libraries, but say public libraries may be even more important to contemporary culture.

These are, "places where anyone can enter and partake of knowledge they offer, where anyone can engage with history, literature and culture."


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