The Los Angeles Public Library includes nearly 6 million literary works in a variety of media types that include books, audio books and DVDs. The library also maintains a collection of photographs on the history of Southern California. The library offers health and money wellness information as well as assistance for disabled patrons.
The Los Angeles Public Library's online search function lets patrons browse its extensive collection online from any Internet-connected computer. Users search the collection using keywords, then narrow the search to a certain type of media. The library's online search page also offers librarian recommendations and information about new additions to the public collection.
Another feature, called LAPL Writes, offers library patrons courses and other resources that encourage and teach writing. An adult literacy program also offers adult patrons the opportunity to meet with a reading tutor in any library branch for a number of months in order to improve reading skills. As part of the adult literary program, the library gives children's books to adult learners who have young children. The library has a program that allows patrons to earn a high-school degree through a partnership with an online school.
The library has many branches to serve patrons throughout Los Angeles. Most of the branches have evening hours for public convenience. A few branches offer Sunday hours. The library also allows individuals and groups to rent meeting space in a library branch for a fee.