County of Los Angeles Public Library

County Of Los Angeles Public Library

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Library System

The County of Los Angeles Public Library is the 4th largest public library system in the United States which serves residents living in 51 of the 88 incorporated cities of Los Angeles County, California. United States and those living in unincorporated areas resulting in a service area extending over .

Politics

County Free Library Act (1912) established and authorized the Los Angeles County Free Library, later to become the County of Los Angeles Public Library system of branches.

The library system, headquartered in Downey, California, is overseen by the Library Commission of 20 appointed members who report on administration, operation, and service to the County Board of Supervisors who operate County Library as a special fund department.

Services and Resources

Eighty-six regional and community branch libraries, four bookmobiles, and four special reference/resource centers provide library services to the public.The library system offers consumer health information under CHIPS (Consumer Health Information Program and Services), and four ethnic resource centers that provide specialized resource materials focusing on the American Indian, African American, Asian-Pacific American, and Latino communities.

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Available to visitors within each library are reference and circulating books, periodicals and audio/visual materials. Catalog terminals query the collection of the entire library system. Information...
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