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Los Angeles County Cooling Centers

Stay safe in the heat! Visit any of our libraries during open hours or call 211 for cooling center locations.

Below, please find a list of Cooling Centers in Los Angeles County. The Centers are listed by city for easy access. 

If you are planning to visit one of these Cooling Centers, it is advisable that you call in advance to make sure there is still seating available. If a Cooling Center is not operational, check the list below for another Cooling Center nearest you or call 211 for LA County or 311 for LA City.

Be smart about avoiding heat-related illness! For further information, read this: http://lacoa.org/PDF/ESP_FocusSheet_Heatwave_0710.pdf


Safety tips that will help you protect yourself and stay safe in the hot weather:

  • Avoid the sun from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. when the burning rays are strongest.
  • Reduce physical activity.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat and light colored lightweight, loose-fitting clothes when you are outdoors
  • Avoid hot, heavy meals that include proteins.
  • Set your air conditioner between 75° to 80°. If you don’t have air-conditioning take a cool shower twice a day and visit a public air conditioned facility.
  • Check on elderly neighbors and family and friends who do not have air conditioning.
  • Drink plenty of fluids even if you are not thirsty. Avoid alcohol.
  • Use sun screen with a sun protection factor of at least 15 if you need to be in the sun.
  • Don’t forget about your pets, they need plenty of water and shade.
  • Insulate your home by installing weather stripping around your doors and window sills to keep the cool air inside.

Symptoms of dehydration and heat cramps include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps and increased thirst. For more information or additional locations, please call 211 for LA County or 311 for LA City. 

Below, please find the cooling center list (revision 20) as of June 1, 2017. Click on the list to enlarge it.

Printable version (PDF)