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Our History

With origins dating back to 1843, the New Orleans Public Library has grown from a single French Quarter house with a few volumes into a city-wide system serving all of Orleans Parish with locations throughout the City.

Timeline

City Librarians since 1896

» 1896 – 1906: William Beer

» 1906 – 1928: Henry M. Gill

» 1928 – 1932: Daniel D. Moore

» 1932 – 1935: Edward Alexander Parsons

» 1935 – 1936: Mildred Guthrie (Acting)

» 1936 – 1937: Edmund L. McGivaren

» 1938 – 1960: John Hall Jacobs

» 1943 – 1945: George King Logan (Acting) Logan became Acting City Librarian while Jacobs served in the military during WWII

» 1960 – 1961: Ruth K. Robbins (Acting)

» 1961 – 1965: Jerome Cushman

» 1965 – 1967: Guenter A. Jansen

» 1967 – 1984: M. Eugene Wright, Jr.

» 1984 – 1986: George J. Guidry (Acting)

» 1986 – 1996: Daniel Wilson

» 1996 – 2004: Gertiana Williams

» 2004 – 2006: William Johnson

» 2006: Geraldine Harris (Interim) / Lance Query (Consulting)

» 2006 – 2008: Donna Schremser

» 2008 – 2010: No City Librarian

» 2011: Shannon Aymami (Interim)

» 2011 – 2019: Charles M. Brown

» 2019 – 2020: Jessica Styons (Interim)

» 2020 – 2021: Dr. Gabriel Morley

» 2021 – Present: Emily Painton (Interim)