Southern California Library

Where Making History Is a Struggle


Foundation Center – Preparing for Your Visit


 If you are planning a visit to the Library to use our Foundation Center resources, we ask that you fill out the Foundation Center Request Form to make an appointment. This will help ensure that the Library is open on the date you plan to visit, and a staff member will be available to assist you.

Additional Resources

We recommend a visit to prior to your visit. It has a lot of useful information for grant-seekers, including free webinars, sample documents, and non-profit management.


The Southern California Library is located at 6120 S. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90044. See directions for getting here.


The Library is available for research on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last appointment at 4:00 p.m.) during the summer months. The Library is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

At the Library

Upon arrival at the front desk, you will be asked to sign in before using the Foundation Center databases. Library staff will log you in to use the grant-seeking databases and provide you with a tutorial and assistance as needed. Please also note the following:

  • Food and drink are not allowed in proximity to computers. You may bring food and drink and can store it in the Library’s refrigerator and consume in areas away from computers.
  • If you would like to make photocopies of any notes or materials, or print out the results of your research, you are welcome to use our photocopier/printer at a charge of 25 cents per page.
  • The Library staff will give advance notice 30 minutes before closing so you can finish up any work.
  • When possible, please consider letting the Library know if you have been successful in receiving a grant with help from the access/assistance provided by the Library.


You may make photocopies or print materials using the Library's copier/printer. Staff are available to assist. The charge for standard size black and white photocopies is 25 cents per page. Double-sided copies are charged as two pages.

 What to Bring with You

  • Pencils/pens, and a notepad. You may want to take notes. We have pencils and a sharpener available if you forget to bring pencils with you.
  • A USB drive. You may want to bring a USB drive to save the results of your research. You can also email yourself the research results directly from the program, or print them out at a charge of 25 cents a page.
  • A laptop with power cable. You are welcome to bring your own laptop or we can set you up on one of our computers.
  • Dress in layers. During the winter the Library is typically several degrees cooler that it is outside, and warmer in the summer.
  • Snacks. You may want to bring your own meal or snack as there are few places to eat in close proximity to the Library. The Library has a kitchen with microwave, toaster oven, and refrigerator for use. We just ask that all food and beverages is kept away from archival material.


Please email us at or call us at (323) 759-6063.