For residents of East Baton Rouge, the East Baton Rouge Parish Library is a vital resource. Connecting its members with knowledge, tools, materials, experience, and technology improves their quality of life.
The East Bay Regional Public Library comprises the Main Library, 13 community or regional branch libraries, several bookmobiles, and other facilities. Every week, the library is open for a total of 958 hours, and there are usually around 540 people working there. Consistently, outreach services are provided to many community institutions, including schools, childcare centers, homes for the elderly, and others.
There are over 2 million objects in the library’s collection. 2,292,168 visits from their 264,732 registered borrowers to their neighborhood libraries, 3,105,034 items checked out, and 970,069 reference requests answered. 397,214 people attended 9,646 library events, and 133,881 visitors had community meetings in the library’s meeting spaces.
Numerous national and regional honors, such as the President’s Coming Up Taller Award and winning the Louisiana Library Association’s prestigious Modisette Award for Excellence, have been bestowed on EBRPL. Library Journal has awarded the institution a Starred Rating for the seventh year running.
Since 1986, a 10-year, dedicated property tax has provided virtually all the funding for your local library in East Baton Rouge Parish. All library operations, including books and non-print materials, technology, personnel, maintenance and utilities, capital projects, and all other activities, are funded by the proceeds from this tax. The tax has been financed at 11.1 mils for the previous 20 years; on October 24, 2015, voters again approved this funding level.
Leadership EBRPL is a part of the new government formed after Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish merged. The administration of the library system, which has been around since 1939, is within the purview of the City/Parish government, while the Library Board of Control, comprised of seven individuals and was selected by the Metropolitan Council, is in charge of providing guidance.
Since the successful approval of its first dedicated property tax in 1986, the library has completed two phases of a comprehensive construction program and significantly improved the number of services and resources it provides for individuals across the parish. Each library’s branches are open seven days a week to offer the general public reference and information, print and non-print materials, free activities, courses, workshops, and computers with Internet access. The Digital Library may be accessed remotely anytime, day or night.
It is the mission of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library to serve the community by making available to its patron’s information, skills, resources, technological advancements, and experiences that have the potential to enrich their lives.
The Library improves people’s standard of living and the pleasures, educational opportunities, and economic growth of their diverse and dynamic community.
Library Card Registration
Your library card doesn’t cost you a thing. The cost of replacing a card that has been misplaced is one dollar.
The following are the prerequisites for registering, which vary according to your age and whether you are a parish resident.
To all the people living in East Baton Rouge Parish:
- Government-issued photo identification with your images, such as a driver’s license, school ID, military ID, or passport.
- A piece of documentation proving the customer’s address, such as a driver’s license, a voter registration card, or a portion of mail delivered to their home.
- Please take note that the library cannot accept any incoming mail. From a U.S. mailbox or business mail drop box as evidence of residence in East Baton Rouge Parish. Please be aware that this policy covers both private and public mailboxes.
- Cards are no longer valid after three years. To prolong the validity of their card for another three years, cardholders must settle any outstanding debt, produce a picture ID, and verify that their residence is current.
- Residents of nearby parishes who do not belong to the parish in which they now live (only reciprocal):
- Government-issued identification with your photos, such as passport, license, student ID, or military ID.
- Documentation proving the customer’s address, such as a driver’s license, a voter registration card, or a piece of mail delivered to their home.
- A completed and signed permission sheet from their parish librarian.
- At the end of a year, the cards become invalid. To keep using their card for another year, cardholders must settle any outstanding debt, produce a picture ID, and verify their current address.
- When registering a kid who is 11 years old or less, the child’s parent or legal guardian has to co-sign the registration form.
- They are identifying documentation with a photograph of the parent or legal guardians, such as a driver’s license, school ID, military ID, or passport.
- Proof of address for the patron’s parents or guardians, such as a driver’s license, voter registration, or any mail delivered to the patron’s household.
- Please be aware that any fines, damages, or missing goods must be compensated for by the parent or legal guardian of the kid who used the library card.
- At the end of every three years, the cards become invalid. To prolong the card’s validity for another three years, the parent of the kid must pay any outstanding debt, submit a picture identification, and verify that they live at their current address.
- Cards for temporary use online:
- Initials and Final Title
- The email address that may be used to validate the card account
- Date of Birth
- Access to digital material and the ability to put holds in the catalog may be accomplished using online cards.
- The online cards are incomplete and may only be used for two months.
- You’ll need these things when you go to the library that is closest to you to finish the registration procedure and acquire a library card that is valid indefinitely: A government-issued photo identification with your images on it, such as a driver’s license, school ID, military ID, or passport. Documentation proving the customer’s address, such as a driver’s license, a voter registration card, or a piece of mail delivered to their home. Note
- Observe the library’s rules and regulations at all times.
- Children under eight years old must be accompanied by a responsible person, either an adult or a more experienced teen.
- Recognize that you are responsible for any usage of your library card.
- As a parent, you should take responsibility for how your kid uses their card.
- Don’t forget to bring your library card when you go to the library. To complete the checkout process, you are going to need your card to complete the checkout process.
- Modifications to your personal information, such as a new name, address, or contact number, should be reported to the Circulation Division as soon as possible.
- You must pay any overdue fees or penalties on your library card.
The cardholder is responsible for paying for any product damage while checking out on their card.
Guidelines for Customers’ Proper Conduct
Utilization of Library Computers by Customers For more information, visit their website or call (225) 231-3750.