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Main library in New Orleans to get updates this April

Its the first significant renovation in its 60-year history

The New Orleans Public Library will temporarily close its main branch on Loyola Avenue from Sunday, April 15 to Sunday, April 29 to renovate its first floor.

The ground level, which will be updated by Library Interiors, Inc., will have a new layout that will hold several exhibit displays, a community meeting room, a self checkout center, and a larger public computer lab.

Renderings via New Orleans Public Library/Libraries Interiors, Inc.

Built in 1958, the main branch on Loyola Avenue has not received any significant renovations. In December of 2016, the New Orleans Public Library system closed its main branch to update the building’s electrical system.

But it’s not the only large project going on in the New Orleans Public Library system. On May 12, the City of New Orleans and the New Orleans Public Library will hold a celebration of the Nora Navra branch in the 7th Ward. Replacing a dilapidated building, this $3.7 million library will have 7,800 square feet of space, 28 public computers, and a collection of over 16,000 books, articles, and media.