• Life Ready Through Sport •



Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 5:00pm,

The library is currently not scheduling new appointments until Oct. 3

LIBRARY Location:

LA84 Foundation
2141 W. Adams Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90018


Phone: 323-730-4646
Fax: 323-730-0546
Email: library@la84.org

The LA84 Foundation library collection covers virtually all aspects of amateur and professional sport. It includes approximately 40,000 printed volumes, 6,000 microform volumes, 7,000 videos, 400 periodical titles, and 90,000 photo images. Olympic information is a particular strength of the collection.

Highlights of the collection:

  • The official report of every modern Olympic Games.
  • Dozens of Olympian oral histories.
  • The Avery Brundage Collection on microfilm.
  • Minutes of early International Olympic Committee meetings and extensive runs of IOC and U.S. Olympic Committee periodicals.
  • Bid documents of cities seeking to host the Olympic Games.
  • Complete or nearly complete runs of dozens of periodical titles such as Sports Illustrated, Ring, the Journal of Sport History, Research Quarterly, and Track & Field News.

The LA84 Foundation collection is housed in the modern 10,000-square-foot Paul Ziffren Sports Resource Center. Visits are by appointment only.

Library Visits

la84_library_interior_300x225_01Library visits are by appointment only.

For appointments, please use the appointment application form.

We will respond to you within 48 business hours.

Approved visits are free.

Group visits are welcome.

However, group visits must be arranged in advance using the appointment application form.

Reference Service & Fees

The LA84 Foundation Sports Library staff responds to reference questions received by mail and email. The following policy will apply to reference services:

  • If you have a question about the library collection or library policies, we will answer it at no cost.
  • There will be a research fee of $40/hour, payable in advance, for all other questions. Other charges may also apply.
  • LA84 Foundation will charge the requestor $40/hr for any portion of an hour spent researching your question.

Photocopies made as part of the research will be charged at 10¢ a page. The client will pay for any shipping costs. The estimated fee must be paid in advance by credit card.

If you have a reference question(s), please email it to library@la84.org.

Be sure to include a phone number where you can be reached during business hours.

Circulation Policy

The LA84 Foundation Sports Library loans most of the books and DVDs in its general collection. Library users may borrow up to three items at a time for up to four weeks.

There are two ways to borrow a book or video from the LA84 Foundation:

  1. Ask your local public, college, or school library to submit an Interlibrary Loan Request to the LA84 Foundation Library. The loan fee is $25 per item.
  2. Make an appointment and check out the book or DVD in person at the LA84 Foundation Library. Coaches may check-out items for $1 per item. The charge is $5 per item for all others. Payment must be made by Visa or MasterCard credit or debit card.

Email the library at library@la84.org for more details.

Image Reproduction

The use of hand-held digital cameras, video devices, and/or portable scanners by library visitors is prohibited. All digital captures of library materials must be performed by library staff only.

Users may request copies of the photographs, moving footage, and digital scans from printed material in the collection. The library is not a stock photo or footage house. Requests for photos, digital scans, and footage are handled on a case-by-case basis.

If the LA84 Foundation owns the rights to a photo image, or if we are confident that a photo is in the public domain, we usually will duplicate it. The LA84 Foundation will duplicate no more than 25 images for any client. The library charges $30 to create a digital image from a photographic print or printed material. If an image has to be sent to a photo lab for processing, the client will pay the LA84 Foundation a service charge plus any lab and shipping fees. If the LA84 Foundation owns rights to the image, additional licensing fees may apply.

There is very little footage in the LA84 Foundation collection that is owned by the LA84 Foundation or is in the public domain. Therefore, there is very little moving footage that the LA84 Foundation will duplicate for clients. Duplication fees are a minimum of $50 for 30 seconds or less. Additional lab, shipping, stock, and licensing fees typically are added to the base price.

We try to be scrupulous about protecting other people’s copyrights. When in doubt about rights ownership, the LA84 Foundation will not duplicate a photo or footage.

Library Catalog

The library catalog is available online

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