Mapping the Future of the Los Angeles Public Library

Supporters and friends of the Library Foundation recently gathered at the Central Library to celebrate the Bibliophiles, a donor society whose generous planned gifts benefit the Los Angeles Public Library in many crucial ways. The event, held as a thank you to the group’s ongoing support, allowed guests to tour the Map Collection, one of the largest in the country.

Board Member Victoria Foote inspects maps with another guest.

Glen Creason (pictured left), map librarian and author of Los Angeles in Maps, along with his collaborator and historian D.J. Waldie (below), spoke about the historic map collection, which contains historical local, national, and international cartography.


Until recently, the collection consisted of over 100,000 items. That number has since gone up by over 10,000, after the late John Feathers’ map collection was rescued by a realtor from Feathers’ Mount Washington home.


This remarkable collection is available for anyone to access through the Los Angeles Public Library’s website.

Board Member and Bibliophile Dean Hansell with City Librarian John Szabo, Library Foundation President Ken Brecher, and Sue Rosenblum.

For more information on how to support the Library through planned giving, please contact Erin Sapinoso, Membership Director, at (213) 228-7552 or [email protected].

All photos by Rick Mendoza.

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