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Algiers Regional Library opened on Holiday Drive in 1966.
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Algiers Regional: ‘A Library for the Future’

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.

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Interlibrary Loan librarian Jan Barnes poses with one of the dubloons she sends back to other libraries when returning their materials.
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Interlibrary Loan Spreads Joy, New Orleans Culture Across Country With Every Returned Item

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.

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Andrew Mullins and Brittanny Silva head the Library's research into New Orleans streets up for renaming.
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Library Research Provides Facts-Based Foundation to Rename Streets

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.

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