Los Angeles Public Library - Little Tokyo Branch


  • 4.5 (28 reviews)

Specialties: The Little Tokyo Branch Library has a great selection of Japanese books, magazines, CDs, DVDs and manga. We also have a section devoted to Japanese related materials that are published in English in the Japanese Heritage Collection. Naturally, we have such materials in English also, but we have one of the best collections of Japanese literature in Southern California. We accept donations for the Japanese collection, but ask that you bring them in boxes. We include many donations in the collection, but also sell others at the monthly Friends book sale held on the last Saturday of each month from 1:00-4:00 pm. Established in 1989. The Little Tokyo Branch Library wouldn't exist without the dedicated Friends group, which lobbied for its establishment from a bookmobile stop in 1977, to a location in the Centenary Methodist Church, to an experimental branch of the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) in 1989, and finally to LAPL's construction of the current branch in 2005. The enthusiastic support of the Little Tokyo community is evidenced by their use of the library, attendance at Japanese programs and their many donations to the branch.


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