Student Library Card Update

As required by ACT 436, the East Baton Rouge Parish Library has begun to issue new library cards for ALL minor children aged 0-17.  You may receive an email notification asking you to select the card category for your child, tween, or teen. You may also update the card status at your convenience at any library location this spring. 

Parents must choose between several card categories: 

Current, Standard Card 

For existing students, this card would retain the same check out policies as prior to 2024.  The Standard Card may be used to check-out print, AV, and other physical items, log in to use Library computers, and access databases within the appropriate collection—Juvenile (age 0-11), Tween (age 12-14), Teen (age 15-17), or Adult (age 18 and older)—based on the age of the cardholder:  

(age 0-11) 
Juvenile Collection     
(age 12-14) 
Juvenile Collection Teen Collection   
 (age 15-17) 
Juvenile Collection Teen Collection Adult Collection, except for R-Rated Movies 

Computer Use Only Card  

This card may be used to access Library computers and database collections, either on site or remotely, within the appropriate collection—Juvenile, Tween, Teen, or Adult — based on the age of the patron. No loans of print, AV, or other physical items are allowed on a Computer Use Only Card.  

Restricted Card AKA “Bookshelf” Card  

This card may be used to check-out print, AV, and other physical items within the appropriate collection—Juvenile, Tween, or Teen—based on the age of the patron. No Computer Use, Internet or Database Access is possible with a Bookshelf Card.   

Unrestricted Card AKA “Explore” Card  

      This card may be used to check-out print, AV, and other physical items within all collections, including Adult. Exception: R-rated movies are only allowed on Adult cards. 

The implementation of this new set of tiered card categories will take place through June 1, 2024, at which time, all old cards will be blocked

In order to keep your child’s current card active as a Standard Card, a Computer Use Only Card, OR as a STUDENT eCard, parents or guardians may simply contact the Circulation Department at to indicate this approved status. No new plastic card is required.  A form is also available on the website at

In order to switch to either the new Restricted or Unrestricted status, parents or guardians must come in to the Library of your choice with their minor child and complete a new application; parents should present a photo ID and proof of current address to Circulation staff at that time.  

Introduction to Genealogy

Join us at the Main Library at Goodwood on Wednesday, January 17 at 3 p.m. to learn how to conduct genealogical research, which types of records are used to track a family’s history, which databases the library offers to assist your research, and what types of resources the Genealogy
Department has in its collection to help you fill in the gaps in your family tree. The class will last
approximately one hour and will include time for questions. Space is limited to 25 in-person and 10 virtual attendees. Registration is required. To register, please visit here or call 231-

BRCC Academic and Workforce Education

Learn about Baton Rouge Community College’s Workforce Education courses and classes at the Main Library at Goodwood on Tuesday, January 16 at 6 p.m. Representatives from BRCC will discuss available courses, locations, and financial aid. These offerings can help jumpstart you into your new career or improve your knowledge in your current job, and include topics such as:

  • Manufacturing & Construction
  • Healthcare Hospitality
  • Transportation & Logistics
  • Information Technology
  • Business & Law

Registration is required. To register, please visit here. For more information, call 231-3733.

GUGL! The Grown-Up Gaming League

Calling all adult gamers in the Greater Baton Rouge area! Join us for GUGL! The Grown-Up Gaming League at the Bluebonnet Regional Branch. GUGL is a monthly games program open to adult players of all skill levels, ages 18 and older. Sessions may feature games such as Dungeons & Dragons, Catan, Ticket to Ride, Arkham Horror, Five Minute Dungeon, Risk, Munchkin, Magic
the Gathering (TCG), and over 200 more to choose from! BYOG – Bring your own games or play using GUGL’s sets. Use the QR code below to join GUGL on Discord and to check availability and lunch preferences for Saturday events.

Upcoming dates:

  • Wednesday, January 10 at 6 p.m.: Open Board Game Night
  • Saturday, January 13 at Noon: Tabletop RPG Saturdays: Pathfinder
    and Dungeons & Dragons. Check Discord for availability.
  • Wednesday, January 17 at 6 p.m.: Introduction to Magic the
    Gathering (Beginners-Intermediate)
  • Wednesday, January 24 at 6 p.m.: Big Board Game Night (Choose
    from the group’s 250+ games or bring your own to share)
  • Saturday, January 27 at Noon: Tabletop RPG Saturdays: Pathfinder
    and Dungeons & Dragons. Check Discord for availability

New Years Resolutions Digital Deep Dive

Take an online course through the Digital Library and discover something fresh and inspiring in 2024! Explore these offerings and more at here. Try a six-week, instructor-led class through

Gale Courses:

  • Get Assertive!
  • Introduction to Journaling
  • Lose Weight and Keep it Off
  • Mastering Public Speaking
  • Where Does All My Money Go?

These LinkedIn Learning courses are available on-demand:

  • Happiness Habits
  • How to Create a Life of Meaning and Purpose
  • Improving Your Memory
  • Personal Effectiveness Tips
  • Taking Charge of Your Career

Gale Presents: Udemy includes these courses:

  • First Aid
  • Health Masterclass
  • How to Build Self-Discipline
  • Modern Productivity: Superhuman Focus in A Distracted World
  • Sit Less, Move More – Promote Posture,
  • Flexibility in the Office

Learn computer basics with EBRPL DigitalLearn available on-demand:

  • Accounts and Passwords
  • Getting Started on a Computer
  • Intro to Email
  • Online Health Information
  • Using a Mobile Device

Whatever your fitness level, there’s an exercise class for you in HiveClass:

  • Fitness: Cardiovascular Endurance
  • Gymnastics: Warmups
  • Mindfulness: Breathing
  • Self Defense: Workouts
  • Yoga: Stretching and restorative poses

Download one of these inspirational eBooks on Libby:

  • The 5 Resets by Dr. Aditi Nerurkar
  • And Then We Rise by Common
  • The Diary of a CEO by Steven Bartlett
  • The Life Brief by Bonnie Wan
  • Sisterhood Heals by Joy Harden Bradford
  • This Book May Save Your Life by Dr. Karan Rajan

Earn Your Makerspace Badge

Get creative with Makerspaces at these Library locations! Adults and teens are invited to attend a badging class to learn the basics of safely operating our Makerspace equipment, including professional microphones and soundboards, 3D printers, sewing machines, button makers, Cricuts, and more! Once you have completed a badging class, you may reserve the equipment for personal use! Registration is required. To register, call the branch directly or visit here. See opportunities below.