Alvar Library

Alvar Library
913 Alvar Street
New Orleans, LA 70117 (504) 596-2667 Directions Events News


Library Manager - Adrienne Johnson

Located in the Bywater neighborhood, the Alvar Library was built by the WPA in 1940 and is a fine example of the Art Deco architectural style of that period. Weekly, we offer computer tutoring, storytime, and crafts. Collection highlights include locally-made comics and zines.

Upcoming Events

Thursdays 11am - 1pm

Basic Computer Training

Alvar Library

Learn the basics about computers in this class. Every Thursday. (More)

Tuesdays 11am

Toddler Story Time

Alvar Library

Join us for story time, which includes stories, singing, movement and crafts for babies and children to up to age 5. Every Tuesday. (More)

Saturdays 2pm - 4pm

Compost with NOPL/ Compostaje en la Biblioteca de New Orleans

Alvar Library

Weekly Food Waste Drop-Off Every Saturday, beginning January 7th
10:30 am - 12:00 pm outside Rosa Keller Library & Community Center
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm outside Alvar Library DID YOU KNOW: Americans throw out over 36 million tons of food waste each year. Once in landfills, food breaks down... (More)

2pm - 3:30pm

In the Garden Writers' Workshop (every 2nd Saturday of the month)

Alvar Library

Participants will meet monthly to work on writing projects and share their work. The program will be facilitated by staff member Henri Fourroux who writes and publishes poetry and staff member Sara Jacobelli who writes and publishes short stories. Local and visiting authors will stop by periodically to read their... (More)


Black History Month Documentary Film Screening: 13th

Alvar Library

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)


Black History Month/Valentine Film Screening: Southside with You

Alvar Library

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)