West Hollywood public library is the epitome of hip, modern and chic. Plenty of workspace with outlets. Lots of comfortable swivel chairs facing the floor-to-ceiling windows that line the whole building. Beautiful wood-carved ceiling.
Book Soup is my favorite bookstore in Los Angeles. Staff is very knowledgeable and friendly. I read through all the staff recommendation cards in fiction section and pick up some Norman Mailer books and The Queen’s Gambit. Obviously the staff loves Norman Mailer and recommends almost every single book of his.
The Barnes & Noble in Studio City is an old theater turned bookstore. You can still see the old 50s decor inside and the movie screen is preserved. The bookstore is very cozy. They don’t seem to mind people taking pictures of their feature book display.
The brick-and-mortar store is one of the largest used bookstores in Los Angeles. It’s like visiting friends and family when you walk in there. Lots and lots of aisles of books. The owner and his employees are very easygoing—they even offer me coffee.