Main Library

Main Library
219 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70112 (504) 596-2560 Directions Events News


Library Manager - Emily Painton

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.

Upcoming Events

Teen duelists of all skill levels welcome! Every Wednesday. (More)

Enjoy story time and crafts with your child in a safe, welcoming environment. Library staff are there to welcome you and your child for a pleasant shared experience. Reference books and databases are available to assist your child in completing homework assignments. Story Times are open to all families and... (More)

The New Orleans Public Library has partnered with YMCA Educational Services (YES!) and Tulane School of Social Work to bring quality computer skills training to the Main Library. Find the offering that's right for you from the options listed below. Mondays & Thursdays at 10am - 11:30am Not sure how... (More)

Join us each Saturday afternoon to learn and play chess. Open to adults and teens; beginners and skilled players. Every Saturday. (More)

We will rotate Maker activities, crafts, and research skills on a weekly basis. Please call 504-596-2565 with any questions. Every Thursday. (More)

Homework help is available every Thursday afternoon in the teen zone with a dedicated librarian for assistance. Every Thursday. (More)

Get to know your neighbors, learn about community resources and programs, and enjoy breakfast on the Main Library's Gravier-side porch. Sponsored by students from Tulane School of Social Work, YES!, and the New Orleans Public Library. Every Wednesday. (More)

Play your favorite video games in the Library's auditorium. We have Guitar Hero, Wii Sports, Playstation, and much more. It's all FREE so bring a friend. Every 1st Saturday of the month. (More)

Knowing your rights when interacting with authorities can be tricky business but having this knowledge can make all the difference. Do you know your rights? For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the... (More)

Join us for a night of tabletop gaming upstairs at Mimi's hosted by the New Orleans Public Library, featuring new, original indie titles, old classic favorites, and everything in between! Bring a few friends or make some new ones. Get a library card, or renew your old one. Check out... (More)

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In the Auditorium. Every 2nd Saturday of the month. (More)

Find support, advice, and make a new friend while researching your African American history. Everyone, from novice to genealogy guru, is welcome! (More)

In the Auditorium. Every 3rd Saturday of the month. (More)

In the Teen Zone. Every 3rd Saturday of the month. (More)

Explore Black contributions to science fiction through books and film. For this month's meeting, stop by the AARC during Geek Fest for a Black Sci FI social hour! Featuring music, books, snacks, and you! Every last Saturday of the month except for May. (More)

Join us for the 3rd annual celebration of Science Fiction and Fantasy in all types of media. The all-day event will feature New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray, music from Suzaku 7, a Yu-Gi-Oh! tournament, LAYAYA art exhibit, discussions, fan groups, film screenings, an out-of-this-world story time, and a... (More)

Come together to learn, play, and build with littleBits at the Main Library in Youth Services. Each month will be a different design challenge. Open to all skill levels, ages 8-17 and caregivers. Click here for more information. Every 3rd Sunday of the month. (More)

Every week on Thursday starting on May 25, 2017 for 4 occurrences

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In this reading and discussion series, participants will discuss race relations through the lenses of Ernest J Gaines' A Lesson Before Dying, Ta-Nehisi Coates' Between the World and Me, and the PBS film Slavery By Another Name. Reservations required. Call 504-596-2597 or email This program is funded under a... (More)

In the Teen Zone. Every 4th Saturday of the month. (More)

Explore and examine topics central to the development of our national identity by reading and discussing recently published works of historical nonfiction. Free copies of each work will be available - while supplies last - at the Information Desk at the start of each month. Discussion will be held on... (More)

Sign up for the Summer Reading Program and stay for activities and snacks. (More)

Johnette Downing serves up a gumbo of Louisiana songs and stories in a toe-tapping, two-stepping good time. (More)

Come join us at BJ's in the Bywater (4301 Burgundy St.) for Barcation, a Summer Story Time for Adults, sponsored by Alvar Library. Join local writers who will read a story or a poem, or just tell a story. The topic is open: You can tell a story about a... (More)

June 11th

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Find support, advice, and make a new friend while researching your African American history. Everyone, from novice to genealogy guru, is welcome! (More)

Find support, advice, and make a new friend while researching your African American history. Everyone, from novice to genealogy guru, is welcome! (More)