The library features over 6,000 instructional and historical sports videos, over 90,000 photographs dating back to the early 20th century, and a variety of books on every sport imaginable. Photo by Jason Lewis
The torch from the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics is on display at the library. Photo by Jason Lewis
Every sports fan, especially athletes and coaches, need to make their way down to the LA84 Foundation Sports Library, which is on Adams Blvd., just west of Western Blvd.
“We get all kinds of users,” said Wayne Wilson, Vice President of Communications & Education. “Some people are working on term papers for school. Some people are doing something related to their jobs, some people are just curious about a particular sport and they’re just satisfying their curiosity. Sometimes you’ll get people in here reminiscing about their glory days and they want to find articles about when they were athletes in high school.”
The main attractions at the library are artifacts from the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic Games, the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, the 1994 FIFA World Cup (championship match was held at the Rose Bowl), and the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup (championship match was held at the Rose Bowl).
The library features the strongest collection of historical Olympic material in the United States, with official reports from every modern Olympic games, starting with the 1896 Summer Olympics, held in Athens, Greece. Olympic torches, medals, and posters that date back to the early 20th century are on display.
For locals, this library is a great resource for coaches and athletes, as the library has a wide range of books and DVDs on training for various sports. Coaches usually take advantage of the information available at the library, as the books and DVDs are very specific. For example, in the basketball section, there is material that covers the fundamentals of dribbling, rebounding, shooting, zone defense, and so on. Athletes also come in to learn about techniques that can separate them from their opponents.
For the sports junkie, this library has a whole lot of everything. There are books on martial arts, bowling, boxing, bicycling, power lifting, golf, skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding, and various other sports.
The library has subscriptions to over 300 sporting periodicals. Every Sports Illustrated magazine ever printed can be read right at the library.
The library is located at 2141 W. Adams Blvd., and is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Wednesdays until 7 p.m. Books and DVDs can be viewed at the library free of charge. Five items can be checked out at one time for only $1 each. A credit card is needed to check out material. Selected portions of the collection has been digitized and can be found on their website, www.LA84foundation.org.
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