Library Construction and Renovation Information

Nora Navra Library Construction

Nora Navra Render
Rendering courtesy of Manning Architects

Community Celebration and Open House

Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 10am - 5pm

About the New Library

• 54 hours per week of service: Mondays - Thursdays from 10am - 8pm; Fridays - Saturdays from 10am - 5pm
• A new 7,800-square-foot, energy-efficient ADA compliant building
• Dedicated areas for Adults, Teens, & Children and a community meeting room
• 16,500+ collection items including books, newspapers, magazines, DVDs, & CDs
• 28 public computer workstations
• Budget: $3,756,157
• Funding Source: Community Development Block Grant, FEMA, Municipal Bonds

Project Start Date

Early 2017

Project Overview

A new 7,800-square-foot building is currently in the architectural design phase. Groundbreaking occurred on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, with Mayor Mitch Landrieu, City Librarian Charles Brown, City Councilmember Jared Brossett, and more in attendance.

Groundbreaking at Nora Navra site

Brief History of Nora Navra Library

The Nora Navra Library, originally called Branch 9, opened in two temporary locations during 1946. The original permanent 2,500-square-foot building, located at 1902 St. Bernard Avenue, was dedicated as the Nora Navra Library on May 2, 1954. The building was severely damaged during Hurricane Katrina and remained closed until it was demolished in 2017. Construction on the new 7,800-square-foot building is currently being completed, and a Community Celebration and Open House is scheduled for Saturday, May 12, 2018. Once the library opens, all six libraries that were damaged beyond repair by Hurricane Katrina will have been rebuilt.

Nora Navra Library
Image courtesy of the Louisiana Division/City Archives & Special Collections