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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

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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