List of Carnegie libraries in Louisiana

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List of Carnegie libraries in Louisiana is located in Louisiana
New Orleans (4)
New Orleans (4)
Louisiana Carnegie library buildings still standing

The following list of Carnegie libraries in Louisiana provides detailed information on United States Carnegie libraries in Louisiana, where 9 libraries were built from 4 grants (totaling $380,000) awarded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York from 1901 to 1907. As of 2013, 6 of these buildings are still standing, and 3 still operate as libraries.


  Building still operating as a library
  Building standing, but now serving another purpose
  Building no longer standing
  Building listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Carnegie libraries[edit]

Library City or
Image Date
Location Notes
1 Alexandria Alexandria Louisiana history museum.jpg Apr 8, 1907 $10,000 503 Washington St. Now a museum and genealogical library
2 Jennings Jennings Jennings Louisiana Carnegie Library 2019.jpg Mar 9, 1907 $10,000 303 Cary Ave.
3 Lake Charles Lake Charles Oct 17, 1901 $10,000 411 Pujo St. Replaced c.1950
4 New Orleans Main New Orleans Public Library NOLA Detroit Pub.jpg Dec 29, 1902 $350,000 Demolished c.1960
5 New Orleans Algiers New Orleans AlgiersPointNOPLPelican2.jpg Dec 29, 1902 725 Pelican Ave.
6 New Orleans Canal New Orleans New Orleans former public library - 2940 Canal.jpg Dec 29, 1902 2940 Canal St. Open 1911–1958, now a yoga center
7 New Orleans Dryades New Orleans CentralCity2Jan08PhilipDryades.jpg Dec 29, 1902 2220 Oretha C Haley Blvd. "Colored" branch during the era of racial segregation, open 1915–1965. Now a YMCA center
8 New Orleans Napoleon New Orleans LawrenceSquareNOPLA.jpg Dec 29, 1902 913 Napoleon Ave.
9 New Orleans Royal New Orleans Royal Branch New Orleans Public Library 1907 Architectural Arts.jpg Dec 29, 1902 Severely damaged by Hurricane Betsy in 1965, demolished


  1. ^ a b At various times, Bobinski and Jones disagree on these numbers. In these cases, Jones' numbers have been used due to both a more recent publication date and a more detailed gazetteer of branch libraries, which are often where the discrepancies occur.
  2. ^ Grants for multiple libraries (New Orleans) are listed only by their total amount, not broken down for each branch.


  • Bobinski, George S. (1969). Carnegie Libraries: Their History and Impact on American Public Library Development. Chicago: American Library Association. ISBN 0-8389-0022-4.
  • Jones, Theodore (1997). Carnegie Libraries Across America. New York: John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 0-471-14422-3.

Note: The above references, while all authoritative, are not entirely mutually consistent. Some details of this list may have been drawn from one of the references (usually Jones) without support from the others. Reader discretion is advised.