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Catalog Department, Los Angeles Public Library
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Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
Rothschild Photo
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Central Library, located at 630 W. 5th Street in downtown Los Angeles, was designed by architects Bertram G. Goodhue and Carlton M. Winslow. Constructed between 1922-1926, it was designed to mimic the architecture of ancient Egypt, complete with a tiled mosaic pyramid tower and many beautiful murals throughout. Tragic fires in 1986 destroyed part of the building along with 20 percent of the library's collection, prompting a closure for 6 years while restoration took place. The renovation was completed in 1993, and the library reopened on October 3, 1993. The Los Angeles Public Library is the third largest public library in the United States in terms of books and periodical holdings, boasting over 6 million volumes. It was added to the National Register of Historical Places in 1970 - Building #70000136.
Interior view of the Catalog Department at Los Angeles Central Library. Numerous library employees can be seen trying to tackle the cataloging of a myriad of books that cover virtually every single space of the room. Card catalogs and bookshelves are visible along the middle and against the walls. High windows allow sunshine to brighten the room. This department sustained smoke damage during the fire that ravaged the magazine pool at Central Library on April 29, 1986. The flooring cracked in one of the rooms at the back of the department and was closed off by the fire department. Staff was later moved to the Access Department in the east wing of the library.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
L.A.-Libraries-LAPL-Technical Services-Cataloging.; A-001-996 4x5 (Additional print); C-5(316) 4x6 (Additional print)
Central Library (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles Public Library
Library employees--California--Los Angeles
Cataloging--California--Los Angeles
Cataloging--Equipment and supplies
Libraries--California--Los Angeles
Books--California--Los Angeles

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