The Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research
is a vital community resource in the heart of Los Angeles dedicated
to education for social change. The Library offers unique and accessible
collections and programs on Southern California's social and progressive
history. We engage people across generations in using history to
advance social justice.
The Library is a Los Angeles treasure. Since 1963, we have been
devoted to making the history of labor, civil rights, women's, immigrants'
and other grassroots movements meaningful--and useful--to a new
generation. We are an independent resource for students, scholars,
and activists shaping a progressive vision for Los Angeles.
A non-profit organization open to the public, the Library has thousands
of periodicals and books on such topics as labor, women, civil liberties,
people of color, left culture, peace, radicalism, socialism, and
other movements. We are also a major archive for materials on social
change focusing on Los Angeles, including pamphlets, posters, photos,
films, videos, audiotapes, subject files, organizational records,
personal papers, and more.
Our hours are Tuesday to Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
We are closed on Sunday and Monday. Anyone may come in and look
at the materials in our archives, and Library members may also check
out books and videos from our rich collections. We encourage students
of all ages and researchers to visit the Library. You can also fax,
e-mail, phone, or mail us with research inquiries. If the inquiry
is extensive, a fee may apply.
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The Southern California Library
6120 S. Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90044