I’ve only been to the Writers Guild Library a handful of times so far — mostly because it’s a bit of a drive from where I live (LA traffic, ugh) — but it’s always a very beneficial and productive trip. I recently realized that some of my filmie/writer friends have never been there or even knew it existed. GASP. So here’s some quick info and tips for anyone interested in going!
Address: 7000 W. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone: (323) 782-4544
Sunday and Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday – Saturday: 11am – 6pm
Thursday: 11am – 8pm
Parking: FREE! There is a garage underneath the building. Enter on Blackburn Ave, one block south of Third Street.
Anyone can visit the WG Library, you don’t have to be a WG member. The Library houses over 30,000 items, mostly scripts (Television, Film, Radio, New Media & Video Game) but also books having anything to do with the craft of writing.
It’s important to note that this is not a lending library, so you can’t borrow or copy any of the items there. You’ll have to do all your reading in the library. So basically, be prepared to be there for awhile.
What To Bring and What Not To Bring:
Bags, Food, and Beverages are not allowed in the Library. When you check in at the front desk, they’ll give you a key to a secure locker room down the hall where you can store your things.
DO bring in your Laptop, Phone, Pen and Paper — you’ll definitely need these for taking notes. There are convenient outlets on the table for charging your devices. You may also want to bring Headphones/Earphones if the awkward quietness bothers you.
Using the Library:
Check in at the front desk. It’s a good idea to look over the Library Catalogue online BEFORE visiting. Once you know what you want to read, you’ll have to turn over a Photo ID while using the library materials. You can pick up your ID once you’re ready to leave.
A lot of their scripts are available digitally now, so they may hand you an iPad to read from. The iPad has access to thousands of scripts, and you can have multiple tabs and scripts up at once to reference and compare – amazingly useful!
I have found many scripts online to download for free, but nothing beats the Writers Guild’s collection. They always have tons of scripts that I can’t find anywhere else. So, seriously, check out their Library Catalogue to see if they have a script you’re looking for. There are so many helpful tools for writers there, so it’s definitely worth the trip! But since you can’t check out or leave with any of the materials…just make sure to plan accordingly if you’re a slow reader like me. You may need to camp out for awhile.
In case you forgot anything, need to pick up a snack (but remember, no food or beverages are allowed inside), or just want to hang out before/after, here are some places within walking distance of the WGA building:
The Grove/Farmer’s Market
Peet’s Coffee and Tea
For more information, visit the Writers Guild Foundation Library website.