Main Library

219 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70112 (504) 596-2560
Sun
1pm - 5pm
Mon
10am - 8pm
Tue
10am - 8pm
Wed
10am - 8pm
Thu
10am - 8pm
Fri
10am - 5pm
Sat
10am - 5pm
Main Library

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.

Circulation Division

1st Floor
(504) 596-2560

The Circulation Desk is the first desk Library users encounter upon entering the library. Here Library users can register for library cards, check items in or out, and pick up items placed on hold. Fax services are also available at the circulation desk.

Information Division

1st Floor
(504) 596-2570

The Information Division, located on the first floor of the Main Library, houses both fiction and nonfiction materials. The Fiction Collection includes the Popular Reading Collection (current bestsellers) and several special fiction collections (including Science Fiction, Mysteries, and Large Print Materials) in addition to a large general fiction collection.

The nonfiction collection contains circulating and reference material in all of the Dewey Decimal system numbers. Some of the most heavily used parts of the collection include: college directory collection and college test preparation materials, automobile repair manuals, resumé guides, health and wellness materials, home repair and construction, computer books, cookbooks, local history materials, travel and history.

The Division also maintains a selective depository of U.S. Government publications. Visit the Federal Depository Library Basic Collection List.

African American Resource Center

2nd Floor
(504) 596-2597

The African American Resource Center (AARC) is a reference division that offers Library users a variety of resource materials on the African experience in the Americas. The AARC opened its door to the public in January 1997. The Center is responsible for NOPL's collection development in the area of African American studies, cultural programming and development and acquisition of educational resources that relate to African Americans.

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.

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.

Classes are held Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.