Digitization projects allow us to protect and preserve original items from the Los Angeles Public Library’s vast collection—over half of which have not been added to its already robust online archive.

Through expansive digitization efforts, the public can now gain access to diverse visual collections such as the fruit crate labels designed for citrus growers throughout Southern California, Los Angeles City and Street Directories that span from 1875-1987, and the largest map collection at a public library. In addition, the Library maintains an archive of over three million photographs: 96,000 are in the searchable online collection that was viewed 900,000 times every month in 2013-2014. Many of the Library’s photographs illustrate the history of Southern California, including extensive images from the Los Angeles Herald Examiner and Security Pacific National Bank Collection.

All digitized images are available worldwide for free to the general public through the Library’s website accompanied by as much information as possible (date, creator’s name, and a comprehensive caption). High-resolution versions, publication rights, and digital prints are available for a nominal fee by contacting the Library.

Digitization is supported by the generosity of:

  • The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
  • Abby Sher
  • The Twiford Foundation
  • Photo Friends of LAPL
  • The Los Angeles Breakfast Club Foundation

To learn more about funding opportunities for Digitization, please contact Imani Harris, Senior Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations, at 213.292.6243 or [email protected].

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