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Science Department, Los Angeles Public Library
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Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
Mott Studios
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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 Science Department at Los Angeles Central Library. Shelving units are visible along the perimeter of the department as well as a card catalog cabinet at the center of the room. Patrons are pictured perusing the shelves, and occupying all the tables throughout the department. Mid-way on the right, more patrons stand next to the reference desk possibly waiting for the librarian. Note the painted ceiling and beams, and the beautiful hanging lamps. Today, the Science, Technology & Patents Department has an extremely diversified collection. Including information on mathematics, computers, cooking, automobile repair, UFOs, restaurant management, construction, engineering, cosmetology, medicine, zoology, botany, agriculture, pets, chemistry, nutrition, psychiatry, hotel management, and consumer information.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
L.A.-Libraries-LAPL-Central Library-Departments-Science.; A-002-281.8 4x5; S-000-592 4x5
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library.--Science Dept
Science and technology libraries--Collection development--California--Los Angeles
Science and technology libraries--Reference services--California--Los Angeles
Decoration and ornament, Architectural--California--Los Angeles
Library buildings--California--Los Angeles
Library shelving--California--Los Angeles
Library users--California--Los Angeles
Libraries--California--Los Angeles
Books--California--Los Angeles
Goodhue, Bertram Grosvenor,1869-1924
Winslow, Carleton M.,1919-

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