Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Main Library Construction Project: Library Facts & Figures

Updates on the new Main Library construction


  • Design Process began in 2008
  • Contract allows a total of 720 days for construction
  • Expected time to complete is Fall 2013

Emilie's Construction Playlist

Sign in to Music Online with your library card then click the link:

Building Facts & Figures

  • 126,000 square feet total, located behind current Main Library
  • Situated over old "Downtown' or Municipal Airport runway
  • Will house books, AV materials, and periodicals for all ages
  • Dedicated activity spaces for children, teens, and adults
  • Approximately 120 public computers, laptops and online public library catalogs, and Overdrive audio download stations
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Computer Training Lab with 15 workstations
  • 4 AWE Early Literacy Workstations for young children
  • Combined Genealogy and Baton Rouge Room collections
  • Career Center
  • Drive-thru window for book and AV drop off and pickup
  • Self-checkout machines as well as full service checkout
  • Public Meeting Rooms of various sizes and capacities
  • Collaborative Study Rooms throughout
  • Quiet Reading Room
  • Privately donated Stained Glass installation
  • Rooftop Terrace, acccesible to public
  • Shared plaza with BREC
  • Building designed to allow seamless integration with Park
  • Building designed to achieve silver LEED certification


  • Land in Indepedence Park shared with BREC
  • Contract records the cost of Construction as $35,410,074
  • The City-Parish is the owner; the Library is the user Department of Public Works staff will work with Architect and the General Contractor to oversee the project
  • Funds for this Pay-As-You-Go project were amassed by the East Baton Rouge Parish Library over time, as part of its 10-year Dedicated Property Tax