Main Library

Main Library
219 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70112 (504) 596-2560 Directions Events News

Description

Library Manager - Emily Painton

The Main Library, located in the Central Business District, opened in December 1958. The building, encompassing three main floors and two sub-basements, is the Library's flagship location, providing the system's largest collection of popular and research sources.

The Main Library offers a wide collection of books, music, and movies, and hosts many programs for children, teens, and adults.

Upcoming Events

Wednesdays 3pm - 5:30pm

Yu-Gi-Oh! Wednesdays

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Teen duelists of all skill levels welcome! Every Wednesday. (More)

Saturdays 1pm - 2pm

Story Time with Craft

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Enjoy story time and crafts with your child in a safe, welcoming environment. Library staff are there to welcome you and your child for a pleasant shared experience. Reference books and databases are available to assist your child in completing homework assignments. Every Saturday. (More)

During Library Hours

Computer Assistance

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The New Orleans Public Library has partnered with YMCA Educational Services (YES!) and Tulane School of Social Work to bring quality computer skills training to the Main Library. Find the offering that's right for you from the options listed below. Mondays & Thursdays at 10am - 11:30am Not sure how... (More)

Saturdays 1pm - 4pm

Saturday Chess League

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Join us each Saturday afternoon to learn and play chess. Open to adults and teens; beginners and skilled players. Every Saturday. (More)

Thursdays 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Maker Crafternoon

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We will rotate Maker activities, crafts, and research skills on a weekly basis. Please call 504-596-2565 with any questions. Every Thursday. (More)

Thursdays 4pm - 6pm

Homework Help

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Homework help is available every Thursday afternoon in the teen zone with a dedicated librarian for assistance. Every Thursday. (More)

Fridays 3pm - 4:30pm

Xbox Afternoon

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BYO rated T games or play ours! Every Friday. (More)

Wednesdays 9am - 10am

Coffee, Donuts, and Conversation

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Get to know your neighbors, learn about community resources and programs, and enjoy breakfast on the Main Library's Gravier-side porch. Sponsored by students from Tulane School of Social Work, YES!, and the New Orleans Public Library. Every Wednesday. (More)

2pm - 4pm

Tabletop Gaming (every 4th Saturday of the month)

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In the Teen Zone. Every 4th Saturday of the month. (More)

2pm - 4:30pm

Black Sci-Fi Club

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Interested in sci-fi? Explore black contributions to science fiction through film, books, music, and art. Our first meet up will be a showing of the classic Brother From Another Planet. This movie is rated R. Anyone under 17 must be accompanied by a guardian. Watch the trailer here. (More)

1:30pm - 3pm

Navigating Historic New Orleans Newspapers

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We will discuss the digital newspapers made available through the New Orleans Public Library and the best ways they can be used for research. Currently accessible newspapers include Times Picayune (1837-Present), New Orleans Item (1877-1958), New Orleans States (1916-1957) and States-Item (1960-1979). You will learn how to use these resources... (More)

5:30pm - 7pm

YWWAV Who Dat? Zine: Who's Who of New Orleans Women

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Youth in the Young Women With a Vision (YWWAV) afterschool program will present their zine project on notable Black women in New Orleans who are working or have worked to make the city a better place. The event will feature youth from the program speaking on the project and their... (More)

2pm - 4pm

Video Game Day (every 1st Saturday of the month)

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Play your favorite video games in the Library's auditorium. We have Guitar Hero, Wii Sports, Playstation, and much more. It's all FREE so bring a friend. Every 1st Saturday of the month. (More)

5:30pm

Every Child Ready to Read Workshop: Fun with Letters

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When do children start learning language?
How can I prepare my child for Kindergarten?
Will this help my child in school?
Get the answers and everyday activities that prepare your child from birth to age 5 for success in school. We offer 4 workshop topics, each with different activities, a... (More)

6pm - 7pm

Career Workshop Series: Science of Résumé Writing 

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This series is presented by Jessica Rareshide, certified personnel consultant and certified staffing professional. These workshops will provide the strategies and techniques to find the right job and career for you. About this workshop:
Learn best practices of what to do and not to do in developing your résumé. Attendees... (More)

Wednesdays 5:30pm

Fabulous 4

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Join on Wednesdays in April for 4 fabulous foreign films! Under 17 must be accompanied by an adult. Popcorn will be provided. April 5 - Amores Perros (2000) Rated R, 2hr 35min April 12 - Dancer In The Dark (2000) Rated R, 2hr 21min April 19 - Pan's Labyrinth (2006)... (More)

2pm - 4pm

Teen Movie Matinee (every 2nd Saturday of the month)

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In the Auditorium. Every 2nd Saturday of the month. (More)

10:30am

Career Workshop Series: Interview with Purpose

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This series is presented by Jessica Rareshide, certified personnel consultant and certified staffing professional. These workshops will provide the strategies and techniques to find the right job and career for you. About this workshop:
Learn why job fit is vitally important to employers and to employees. Understand the interview process... (More)

Join us for a night of table top gaming upstairs at Mimi's hosted by the New Orleans Public Library, featuring new, original indie titles, old classic favorites, and everything in between! Bring a few friends or make some new ones. Get a library card, or renew your old one. Check... (More)

5:30pm

Every Child Ready to Read Workshop: Fun with Stories

Main Library

When do children start learning language?
How can I prepare my child for Kindergarten?
Will this help my child in school?
Get the answers and everyday activities that prepare your child from birth to age 5 for success in school. We offer 4 workshop topics, each with different activities, a... (More)

2pm - 4pm

Anime Club (every 3rd Saturday of the month)

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In the Auditorium. Every 3rd Saturday of the month. (More)

12:30pm - 2pm

Cosplay (every 3rd Saturday of the month)

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In the Teen Zone. Every 3rd Saturday of the month. (More)

3pm - 4:30pm

Maker Sundays- NOPL littleBits Global Chapter Meetup (every 3rd Sunday of the month)

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Come together to learn, play, and build with littleBits at the Main Library in Youth Services. Each month will be a different design challenge. Open to all skill levels, ages 8-17 and caregivers. Click here for more information. Every 3rd Sunday of the month. (More)

Come celebrate National Poetry Month with us at the Old Point Bar (545 Patterson Rd. in Algiers Point). Have a drink, and share some words. Read your original work or some pieces by your favorite poets. Or songwriters, because it's Jazz Appreciation Month too! Funny, sad, long, short... we want... (More)