For more than two decades, ALOUD has contributed to a more informed and engaged Los Angeles. We create opportunities for the exchange of ideas so that we can all grow by bringing world-renowned and emerging authors, artists, scientists, and other luminous minds to Central Library for conversations, panel discussions, readings, performances, and multi-media presentations with a public audience.

ALOUD programs are free and open to the public at the Central Library, along with a few ticketed off-site events. This program provides Angelenos with a unique opportunity to engage with a broad range of experts who reflect the diverse experiences, values, and worldviews of the people of Los Angeles and beyond. Events feature local, national, and international experts in their field paired with a moderator to facilitate a dynamic discussion.

Click here to see the season’s calendar of events, make reservations, and view policies. We also encourage you to become a Member of the Library Foundation to receive advance notification of ALOUD programs.

ALOUD at the Los Angeles Public Library is supported by the generosity of:

  • The Lenore S. and Bernard A. Greenberg Fund
  • The Goldhirsh Foundation
  • The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
  • Hollywood Foreign Press Association
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • LA County Arts Commission
  • Arent Fox LLP
  • Sharon Oxborough
  • The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
  • Donna and Martin J. Wolff
  • Individual Library Foundation Members
  • KCRW (media sponsor)

To learn more about funding opportunities for ALOUD, please contact Imani Harris, Senior Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations, at 213.292.6243 or imaniharris@lfla.org.


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