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Photolending at Los Angeles Public Library
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Los Angeles Public Library Institutional Photo Collection
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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.
A Recordak charging machine installed at the Los Angeles Public Library saved time for librarians, library assistants, and patrons alike. Here, a patron watches while an unidentified library assistant places a book in the Recordak machine, photographs book record, borrower's card and date due. For many years, photographic charging machines gave a complete and permanent record of all books withdrawn from the library. The charging and discharging procedures were faster and more accurate as compared with the older type of manual charging methods. The machines opened up an entirely new concept for performing circulation routines: relieving librarians of necessary clerical duties at the circulation desk, simplified the routines involved, and made library operations generally more efficient. Photograph dated: September 1951.
1 photographic print :b&w ;13 x 18 cm.
Photographic prints
Los Angeles Public Library Institutional Collection
Central Library (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library--Officials and employees
Los Angeles Public Library.--Circulation Dept
Library circulation and loans--California--Los Angeles
Library employees--California--Los Angeles
Library buildings--California--Los Angeles
Library users--California--Los Angeles
Libraries--California--Los Angeles
Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments
Goodhue, Bertram Grosvenor,1869-1924
Winslow, Carleton M.,1919-
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)

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