Message From the Director

The Library has come a long way since 1933 when the WBR Garden and Civic Club began working to establish a library! The “opening day collection” that July numbered 345 books; it now numbers 90,505. In our Mission of “Information, Education, and Recreation,” the library now has many more tools in the toolbox to deliver that Mission to the people of the Parish! A comfortable facility, current print resources, state-of-the art technology, free Internet, research databases, a virtual library via the website, outreach, programs, classes, and more are available for you and your family. Funding for West Baton Rouge Parish Library must be renewed every ten years by the voters, and we are grateful that the Library Renewal was approved last November! We continue to do our best to offer great value for the public investment in the “Information, Education, and Recreation” provided for the people of West Baton Rouge Parish!

Beth Vandersteen, Director  


Library News and Announcements

In January, the Library added six “power stations” where people can plug in and work on their own laptops, similar to what airports offer. The “Teen Scene” is a work in progress; the area has been expanded and given a bright and modern color scheme. Area teens are choosing furniture and recommending technology to make the space their own. The library’s meeting room now offers state-of-the-art equipment to enhance community meetings. A 57” SmartBoard and large flat-screen television are available, and new chairs arrived at the end of January. Students can Skype with an author, businesses can train employees by videoconferencing, programs can be enhanced with PowerPoint presentations, and more.

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