City Archives & Special Collections
New Orleans Public Library
219 Loyola Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70112

On January 18, 1897, the New Orleans Public Library opened its doors for the first time. Previously called the Fisk Free and Public Library, the institution was located inside St. Patrick Hall on Lafayette Square with a collection of over 35,000 volumes.

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. As we celebrate our 125th anniversary, we are looking back through the decades to remember how we got where we are today and inspire us for many more years to come.

We will be celebrating this special year with programming, digital content and other special events. Go to our Facebook page to learn more about upcoming events and to see photographs, images and stories.

Learn about the New Orleans Public Library

Each month we will be providing a bibliography to resources both printed and in our Archival Collection that help to highlght our resources and enhance the understanding of the history of the New Orleans Public Library.

January: Celebrating the New Orleans Public Library

Spotlights materials from our history, links to Archived booklists and a digital puzzle.

February: African American History Month

Highlights African American City Employees & Politicians, lists of relevant materials in our collection and a slide show.

March: Celebration!

A selection of collections showcasing festivals and parades from our digitized photograph collections

April: Library Partnerships

A selection of collections highlighting the City Archives partnerships with city agencies.

May: Local Music

A selection of collections highlighting New Orleans Music.


Learn more about the City Archives & Special Collections' programming.


125 Years of the New Orleans Public Library

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