Obscura Society L.A. is for adults who really miss field trips. The group visits spots such as Mount Wilson Observatory and the Los Angeles Federal Reserve. On July 8, participants will be heading out on a not-so-ordinary trip to the library. The William Andrews Clark Library is opening its doors for a private, docent-led tour limited to 20 people. William Andrews Clark Jr. was a West Adams resident with a love of philanthropy and books. He donated his personal library — both the building and the books — to UCLA. It remains one of the university's major resources for rarities, although the library itself is in USC's neighborhood. British literature from the 17th and 18th centuries is a big deal, but the library's claim to fame comes a little later in history: It's home to a massive Oscar Wilde collection that goes far beyond books: The collection includes letters, manuscripts, playbills and newspaper clippings. There also are collections of works by the author's cohorts. If you're a fan of the late-19th century playwright and novelist, you could, um, go Wilde in here. 2520 Cimarron St., Jefferson Park; Tue., July 8, 10 a.m.; $20. atlasobscura.com.

Tue., July 8, 10 a.m., 2014
(Expired: 07/08/14)

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