The East Baton Rouge Parish Library System is comprised of a Main Library and 12 community or regional Branch Libraries, and bookmobiles. With a staff of more that 390 employees, the Library is open a cumulative total of 892 hours weekly in these 13 outlets. Additional outreach service is provided on a regular basis to area schools, community centers, retirement centers and the Juvenile Detention Center.
The Library’s collection numbers almost 2 million items. In 2010, our 410,109 registered borrowers made 2,190,194 visits to local libraries, checked out 2,392,827 items, received assistance with 879,514 reference inquiries and attended 4545 programs.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Library is a governmental entity of the consolidated government of the City of Baton Rouge and the Parish of East Baton Rouge. The library system, which has been in existence since 1939, operates under the control of the City/Parish government and the direction of the Library Board of Control, a eight-person board appointed by the Metropolitan Council. The Library Board of Control appoints a Director, currently David Farrar, who oversees the operations of the library system. The Assistant Director of Administrative Services and Assistant Director of Branch Services work with the Library Business Manager, six Division Heads and twelve Branch Managers to plan and implement programs and services to all library populations, select, process and administer all resources, and maintain and operate all library facilities. Since successful passage of its first dedicated property tax in 1986, the Library has completed two stages of a comprehensive building program and dramatically increased services and resources for residents throughout the parish. All branches are open seven days per week to provide reference and information, print and non-print resources, free programs and workshops, and computer access to the public.
This blog’s purpose is to highlight interesting and useful websites, online resources, search hints, library events and business tips from the Library Information Service of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library.