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The Fisk Free and Public Library first opened in January 1897 inside St. Patrick's Hall on Lafayette Square. The institution would later be renamed the New Orleans Public Library. (Courtesy New York Public Library)
125 Years of NOPL

Celebrating 125 Years of the New Orleans Public Library

On January 18, 1897, the New Orleans Public Library opened its doors for the first time. Fast forward to 2022. The New Orleans Public Library now operates a 15-location system with a collection of more than 466,000 items and enriches the community with access to free services and resources that its founders could likely have never imagined.

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