In the 1960s, New Orleans Public Library officials launched an ambitious plan to create a network of large branches to span the city by 1971. On April 19, 1966, the first of these “superior” libraries opened as Algiers Regional Library at 3014 Holiday Drive.
If you’ve ever exchanged materials through the New Orleans Public Library’s Interlibrary Loan service, you may have found a special trinket tucked into your items when they’ve come back – a doubloon. Those little slices of New Orleans are put there by librarian Jan Barnes, a 31-year NOPL veteran who has been at the helm of the Library’s ILL program for the past decade.
Two New Orleans Public Library researchers have been working tirelessly to produce an in-depth, facts-based report on the origins and historical context of 25 street and park names throughout the city, which have been flagged for celebrating the Confederacy and are being considered for renaming.