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Lodrick M. Cook Rotunda a gem of the Los Angeles Central Library
Lodrick M. Cook Rotunda a gem of the Los Angeles Central Library

The Central Library in downtown Los Angeles might not have the historical gravitas of the New York Public Library’s lion-flanked headquarters. Or the architectural edge of Seattle’s angular Central Library (completed 2004). Or the rooftop splendor of San Diego’s dome-topped Central Library (completed 2013). But it does have one truly cool room upstairs. And since this is the last day of Banned Books Week, why not celebrate that room (and all libraries) with a one-minute video journey? On the way in, you’ll see that wacky pyramid on top of the library, some of the handsome fountains in the garden, a horn player on the sidewalk and a few scenes from the stacks....

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