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)

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)

1pm - 2pm

Story Time with Craft (every 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Saturday of the month)

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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 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Saturday of the... (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)

12:30pm

NOYOM Open Mic Day

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Join New Orleans Youth Open Mic and the Library for an open mic event. All poetry performances welcome. (More)

6pm

Black History Month Documentary Film Screening: 13th

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13th (2016), directed by Ava DuVernay, is an in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality. Refreshments will be served. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. This film is 1hr 40m long. This film is... (More)

6pm

Black History Month/Valentine Film Screening: Southside with You

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Future U.S. President Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) and lawyer Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter) go on a fateful first date in the summer of 1989. Directed by Richard Tanne (2016). Refreshments will be served. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. This film is 1hr 24m long. This film... (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)

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)

1pm - 2pm

Story Time with Craft (every 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Saturday of the month)

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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 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Saturday of the... (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)

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)

1pm - 2pm

Story Time with Craft (every 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Saturday of the month)

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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 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Saturday of the... (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)

During Library Hours

Vision Mural Exhibit

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The Vision Mural was created during the New Orleans Health Department’s 2016 Youth Violence Prevention Institution in partnership with local artist, Glen Day, and the Youth Violence Prevention Institute’s youth leaders. The Vision Mural incorporates the youth leader’s vision of clean, harmonious communities with quality schools. Youth Leaders: Yasmine A.,... (More)