Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Exploring the Last Bookstore's Labyrinth
The best bookstore in Los Angeles just got bigger -- and better. Downtown's amazing Last Bookstore, which we wrote about last year, has expanded dramatically into a new 6,100 square foot upstairs space that it calls the "Labyrinth."
The "Labyrinth" includes 100,000 books that are all $1 each. That's right. It's a bit of a treasure hunt, as the books aren't necessarily shelved in any particular order (although kids books seem to be grouped together in places). But that's perhaps part of the fun. If you want order, the books downstairs in the Last Bookstore's normal floor space are indeed cataloged. Upstairs, it's the wild west.
Some shots from the Last Bookstore's new space:
Little army men keep watch.
Lots and lots of bookshelf space.
And more bookshelves!
Hours could be spent here.
The Last Bookstore inhabits a space that was once a bank. Yep, that's why this is the "Old Bank District."
One more look at the lobby.
This isn't your typical used book store. Check out these old typewriters.
From the Last Bookstore's website: "The name was chosen with irony, but it has become a self-fulfilling prophecy as physical bookstores are dying out like dinosaurs from the meteoric impact of Amazon and e-books. With our constant turnover of stock, regular musical and literary events, and coffee and vinyl LP shop, we book-lovers at the Last Bookstore hope to last as long as we can in downtown LA’s vibrant new community."
The Last Bookstore's address is 453 S Spring St, but the entrance is on 5th St. It's open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.