Links to nearby Libraries

If library staff can't find the information being sought, they will frequently refer clients to another library in the area which may offer access to it. The following is a list of academic, public, and special libraries that may offer services this library cannot.

Academic Libraries
• Public Libraries
• Special Libraries

Academic Libraries

The following college and universities may allow members of the general public to use their resources. Usually the public cannot check out library materials without paying a fee. Consult each library for its policies.

California State University, Dominguez Hills
1000 East Victoria Street
Carson, CA 90747

The library's mission is to support the curriculum offered at the University with instruction that both addresses specific assignments and promotes lifelong information literacy for everyone who uses the library.

Reference Desk Hours
Monday-Thursday: 9a.m.-9p.m.
Friday: 9a.m.-4p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday: 12 noon.-6p.m

California State University, Long Beach

1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840

"The University Library at California State University, Long Beach was established to provide direct support for the educational mission of the university through selecting, organizing, preserving, and disseminating recorded knowledge in all its formats and manifestations. The organization also provides the human, print, and digital resources necessary for the campus community to locate, retrieve, and evaluate information effectively. The Library maintains collections that promote free inquiry and intellectual development, provides instruction in the information gathering and evaluation process, and thus has a lasting and beneficial impact on the lives of CSULB students."

-- Library Mission Statement

California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, California 90032-8300

"The Library supports the academic programs of Cal State L. A. through instruction, collections, technology and services which enable students and faculty to access recorded knowledge and information resources. This support empowers our constituencies to develop the information and technological competencies necessary to achieve their educational, research and professional goals; succeed in the workforce; apply lifelong learning skills; and participate in a diverse society."

-- Library Mission Statement

Loyola-Marymount University: Von der Ahe Library
One LMU Drive
Los Angeles, California 90045-8200

"The mission of the Loyola Marymount University Library is to provide information materials and services in support of the University's educational mission. Our specific purpose is to help our patrons find the information that fits their needs in the classroom, in research, and in administrative work. The Library is also responsible for collecting and preserving the University's historical records as well as books, manuscripts, works of art and other artifacts that support its educational mission. As a vital part of Southern California's leading Roman Catholic university, we also consider it our mission to serve as a resource for information on Catholicism and Catholic life in the region."

-- Library Mission Statement

University of California, Los Angeles Libraries
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Information Service: 310/825-7143 (8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday)

"The mission of the University Library is to provide access to and delivery of information resources to UCLA faculty, students, and staff in support of the research and instructional mission of the university. The Library develops, organizes, and preserves collections for optimal use and provides links to remote information sources. The Library provides services, including instruction for information literacy and information management, to enable its users to fulfill their academic and intellectual needs. The Library provides resources and services to non-UCLA users to the extent possible. Relying on its highly skilled staff, the Library encourages innovation, capitalizes on appropriate technologies, forges effective partnerships, and aggressively promotes excellence."

-- Library Mission Statement

Public Libraries
Most Inglewood Public Library users may obtain library cards at the other public libraries. Through this library's participation in California's Universal Borrowing program any resident of California may get a card at this library.

Los Angeles Public Library
Central Library
630 West Fifth Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

"The Los Angeles Public Library strives to inform, enrich, and empower every individual in its community by creating and promoting free and easy access to a vast array of ideas and information and by supporting lifelong learning in a welcoming environment. At the heart of the Library is a growing collection of books and other informational materials developed over 120 years -- both current and retrospective -- and a staff dedicated to assisting library users. In addition to serving its own community with a Central Library, more than 60 branch libraries, and several bookmobiles, the Los Angeles Public Library is a major resources for individuals, libraries, and other organizations throughout the United States."

Branches near Inglewood:

Baldwin Hills Branch Library
2906 S. La Brea
Los Angeles, CA 90016
Hyde Park Branch Library
2205 Florence Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90043
West Los Angeles Regional Branch Library
11360 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Westchester Branch Library
7114 W. Manchester Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90045

County of Los Angeles Public Library

"The County of Los Angeles Public Library is a network of community-focused libraries that meet the informational, educational and recreational needs of a highly diverse public. We are committed to supporting lifelong learning and knowledge through self-education. Our helpful and expert staff provides information and quality service and programs in a welcoming environment. We offer a broad and relevant collection, and our expanding information networks use current technology. The Library is in the business of satisfying the...need to know."

-- Library Mission Statement

Community libraries near Inglewood:

Lennox Library
4359 Lennox Blvd.
Lennox, CA 90304

The current collection consists of 53,700 books; 55 periodical subscriptions ; 5,400 videocassettes; 5,041 audiocassettes; special collections include Spanish language materials, black history, college catalogs, local telephone directories, pamphlets, and video rental collection by the Friends of the Library.
Culver City Julian Dixon Library
4975 Overland Ave.
Culver City, CA 90230

The Culver City Julian Dixon Library has adult and children's materials in English with collections in Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese. The library contains 207,945 books, 600 magazine and newspaper subscriptions as well as substantial collections of videocassettes, audiocassettes and books on tape and compact discs. The Culver City Julian Dixon Library also provides books in large print, telephone directories, college catatogs, pamphlets and topographic maps. The library maintains a Judaica Collection and serves as the Fiction Library for the County Public Library.

CHIPS (Consumer Health Program and Services)
The service, located at the Carson Regional Library, is sponsored by the County of Los Angeles Public Library and the Los Angeles County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Library. The program is planned to helpthe general public achieve optimum health by providing current, accurate medical information and materials on request.
Hawthorne Library
12700 Grevillea Avenue
Hawthorne, CA 90250

Books: 194,200 (2001); periodical subscriptions: 381; videocassettes: 8,230; audiocassettes and CDs: 5,600. Special materials: college catalogs; telephone books; Sam's Photofact schematics; computer software programs, large print books, pamphlets, topographic maps, and local history files.

Carson Regional Library
151 E. Carson Street
Carson, CA 90745

Torrance Public Library
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library
3301 Torrance Blvd
Torrance, CA 9050

Santa Monica Public Library
Main Library
1343 Sixth St
Santa Monica 90401

The library's web site provides an introduction to the 'place' which is the Santa Monica Public Library and all of the services provided there. It also represents the first attempt of Library staff to gather and organize electronic resources from remote sources, creating a digital library accessible from anywhere, anytime.

Redondo Beach Main Library
303 North Pacific Coast Hwy
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

The Redondo Beach Library provides services and materials to persons of all ages. These services are provided in a friendly atmosphere for the purpose of meeting the informational, educational, recreational, and cultural needs of Redondo Beach residents.

El Segundo Public Library
111 W. Mariposa Ave.
El Segundo CA 90245

The El Segundo Public Library's mission is to meet the informational, educational, and recreational needs of the community in a welcoming environment. It provides organized collections, expert research staff, supportive services and access to additional resources through current technology and participation in cooperative library systems. The library fulfills its commitment to the future by providing stimulating materials and programs that encourage youth to become lifelong learners.

Special Libraries

Special libraries exist to serve a finite public - a company, association, or audience. Those listed below are accessible to the general public. The library's pages define its users and steps to be taken to use its facilities.

Margaret Herrick Library
Center for Motion Picture Study
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
333 South La Cienega Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Telephone reference and additional library information may be obtained by calling (310) 247-3020 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

"The Margaret Herrick Library collects a wide range of materials documenting film as both an art form and an industry. One of the world's most extensive and comprehensive research and reference collections includes more than 20,000 books; 1,400+ periodical titles; 60,000+ screenplays; 200,000+ clipping files; 15,000+ posters; lobby cards, pressbooks and other advertising ephemera; over 6 million photographs; over 300 manuscript and other special collections relating to prominent industry individuals, studios and organizations; sheet music, music scores and sound recordings; production and costume sketches; artifacts; and oral histories."

Louis B. Mayer Library
The American Film Institute
2021 North Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Founded in 1969, the Louis B. Mayer Library is designed and devoted to serve the research needs of the staff of the American Film Institute and the faculty and fellows of the AFI Conservatory. The library is also available on a non-circulating basis to visiting scholars, researchers, and advanced graduate students, as well as members of the entertainment industry.

The library holds books and periodicals and other special collections covering various aspects of motion pictures and television.

Balch Art Research Library
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036

The Mr. and Mrs. Allan C. Balch Art Research Library primarily supports internal research and documentation of art objects in the museum's collection for museum exhibitions and proposed acquisitions. The library also maintains an extensive research level collection in art history and related areas, which is available to outside users by appointment. The Balch Art Research Library contains approximately 150,000 books and periodical volumes and 30,000 auction catalogs, including:

  • Monographs on artists and specialized art subjects
  • Art reference books (biographical, library catalogs, dictionaries, etc.)
  • Collection and exhibition catalogs of museums, galleries, and private collectors
  • Scholarly periodicals in the field of art and related areas
  • Auction and sale catalogs
  • One-artist file exhibition announcements, catalogs, and other ephemera
  • Supportive material in related fields of study, e.g., religion, philosophy, history, literature, conservation and restoration, and museum studies

Research Library
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
213/763-3388 or 213/763-3387

Collection includes 105,000 books and 125,000 periodical volumes.

Also housed at the museum:

Seaver Center for Western History Research

The purpose of the Seaver Center for Western History Research is to collect, preserve, and make available to the general public research materials documenting the history of the trans-Mississippi West with special emphasis on Southern California and Los Angeles. The Seaver Center is located in the center of the Ground Floor next to the California History Hall and is open from 10:00 to 4:00 on Monday and Thursday by appointment only. As study space is limited, reservations are essential. Please contact the Seaver Center at 213-763-3359 to discuss your research interest and to schedule an appointment.

Autry Museum of Western Heritage Research Center
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, California 90027-1462

The research center's collections contain both primary and secondary sources, and are particularly strong in the mass-produced imagery that has advertised the American West worldwide. Strengths focus upon aspects of invented Wests, including pulp and popular fiction, Wild West Shows, rodeo, melodrama, motion pictures, television, radio, music, travel and tourism, and advertising. A major strength is documentation of the material culture of the West, and of the fictional West. Portrayals of women and racial and ethnic groups is an area of strong interest.

Getty Research Institute Research Library
The J. Paul Getty Museum
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1687

Bringing together a library, special collections, and a photo study collection, the Research Library housed in the Getty Research Institute contains materials relevant to the history of art, architecture, world cultures, and disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. The collections are strongest in the history of Western art; however, in recent years, the Research Library has expanded its reach to include areas that have had significant cultural contact and exchange with Europe, such as North and South America, the ancient near East, and the Islamic world.

Writer's Guild of America Library
7000 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048

The Writers Guild Foundation Library is the only library devoted primarily to film and television writing. The core of its script collection is those scripts which have either been nominated or received awards for writing, while the library also collects works which have otherwise earned distinction. The scripts include those from classic television shows like All in the Family, the original Star Trek series (on NBC), to more recently, The Sopranos, The West Wing and story outlines of Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm. Motion picture scripts include such past and current classics as Gone With the Wind, Citizen Kane, All About Eve, Chinatown, The Godfather, Unforgiven, Shrek and many, many others.The Writers Guild Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization established in 1966 to support and promote excellence in writing, to preserve the history of screenwriting as an art form and to provide educational assistance and opportunities for professional writers and students alike.

Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, CA 91108

For qualified scholars, the Huntington Library is one of the largest and most complete research libraries in the United States in its fields of specialization. Collections include rare books and manuscripts principally in the areas of British and American history and literature, 15th century European books, history of science, maritime history, and Renaissance exploration and cartography. Altogether there are about five million items available for research. We welcome inquiries of a scholarly nature, but our ability to respond to general reference questions is extremely limited. You may contact the Reader Services Department for more information. The research library is not open to the general public. However, the public is invited to the Library Exhibition Halls, which have on display some of the finest rare books and manuscripts of Anglo-American civilization. Among the treasures of the library on exhibit are the Ellesmere manuscript of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, a copy of the Gutenberg Bible on vellum, the double-elephant folio edition of Audubon's Birds of America, and an unsurpassed collection of the early editions of Shakespeare's works. The hours of admission for the Exhibition Halls can be found on our general information page.