Main Library

219 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70112 (504) 596-2570
10am - 6pm
10am - 6pm
10am - 6pm
10am - 6pm
10am - 5pm
10am - 5pm
Main Library

In addition to in-person visits, the Main Library also provides Contactless Pick-Up & Drop-Off by appointment during our operating hours.

Library Manager - April Martin

The Main Library, located in the Central Business District, opened in December 1958. The building, encompassing three main floors and two sub-basements, is the Library's flagship location, providing the system's largest collection of popular and research sources.

The Main Library offers a wide collection of books, music, and movies, and hosts many programs for children, teens, and adults.

Information Services

1st Floor
(504) 596-2570

Information Services, located on the first floor of Main Library, houses reference and circulating materials for adults. This includes Adult Literacy, African American Resource Collection (AARC), Large Print, Local History, Popular Fiction and Nonfiction, and World Languages. It also houses media collections of Audiobooks, CDs, and DVDs.

The Division also provides 42 public computers; minimally-priced printing, copy, and fax services; a small meeting space; a large public programming space; and friendly and knowledgeable staff available to assist with checking in/out library materials, finding useful, accurate, and relevant information, using and understanding technology, and creating a space welcome to and respectful of everyone.

New Orleans Public Library is a Selected Federal Depository Library.

Federal Depository Library Program

Youth Services

2nd Floor
(504) 596-2565

The Youth Services division includes the Children's and Teens' collections at the Main Library. Youth Services houses Juvenile fiction, nonfiction, and audiovisuals, and Young Adult fiction. The Teen Zone also holds the Main Library’s graphic novel collection.

Youth Services hosts Children’s storytimes weekly, and regular Teen programming every Saturday. Youth Services also provides seasonal programming throughout the year and welcomes visits by daycares, schools, and homeschooling groups. Call 596-2565 if you would like to schedule a visit.

Best Buy Teen Tech Center

2nd Floor

The Best Buy Teen Tech Center is an interest-based learning environment for teens to experiment and master various new technologies with help from their peers and adult mentors. They can then share their work with other teens across the globe through The Clubhouse Network.

The center is equipped with technology and multimedia tools that can be used for music and video production, interactive programming, graphic design, and much more.

Mondays: Closed
Tuesdays: 1pm - 5:30pm
Wednesdays: 1pm - 5:30pm
Thursdays: 1pm - 5:30pm
Fridays: 12pm - 4:30pm
Saturdays: 12pm - 4:30pm
Sundays: Closed

Louisiana Division/City Archives & Special Collections

3rd Floor
(504) 596-2610

Louisiana Division/City Archives & Special Collections

Included within the Division's collections are books by or about Louisianians; city, regional, and state documents; manuscripts, maps, newspapers, periodicals, microfilms, photographs, slides, motion pictures, sound recordings, video tapes, postcards, and ephemera of every sort.

The Louisiana Division also houses the City Archives, the official repository for the records of New Orleans municipal government (1769-present), and holds on deposit the pre-1927 records of the civil courts and the pre-1932 records of the criminal courts of Orleans Parish.

Special Collections maintained by the Division are the Rare Vertical File, the Carnival Collection, the Louisiana Photograph Collection, the Map Collection, the Menu Collection, the Postcard Collection, the Manuscript Collection, and the Rare Book Collection.

The Division's extensive Genealogy Collection contains books, periodicals and microfilms with emphasis on New Orleans, Louisiana, the Southeast United States, Nova Scotia, France, and Spain.

YMCA Educational Services (YES!)

3rd Floor
(504) 596-3842

YMCA Educational Services (YES!) is the adult literacy division of the YMCA of Greater New Orleans. YES! provides quality instruction to adults ages 16 and older in reading, math, and language. The goal is to give adults the skills they need to find better jobs, help children with homework, or effectively manage household finances.

YES! serves adults who read at the 8th grade level or below. It is the only adult education provider in the area that focuses exclusively on serving these lowest-level learners.