NEW ORLEANS – Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and City officials celebrated the opening of the newly-relocated Mid-City Library (4140 Canal St.) This $200,000 investment, housed in the city’s historic landmark Automotive Life Insurance Building, includes over 9,000 square feet of literature, entertainment and educational opportunities for New Orleans residents.
“The Mid-City Library has an interesting story in our City’s history being housed in a number of locations across New Orleans,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “Regardless of its physical structure, the experiences and lessons that it creates allows it to remain a community staple, and we are excited to celebrate this relocation. ”
This relocation brings new resources and opportunities to Canal Street. The new two-story Mid-City branch includes a large meeting space creating opportunity for expanded programming for the community. It also includes a collection of over 14,800 books, audiobooks, DVDs and CDs, as well as a larger children's room, a dedicated teen space and a Spanish-language collection.
District A Councilmember Susan Guidry said, “The Mid-City Library has been an asset in District A since it opened in 2007. I could not imagine it shutting its doors forever, due to lease issues. It was important to me for us to assist them in finding a permanent home. I am glad that they are now in a building that fits their needs and the needs of the community.”
In June 2007, the Mid-City Library opened in a North Carrollton Avenue retail complex as a temporary location until the Smith and Keller Libraries opened. However, the great response of the community to this new library resulted in the creation of a permanent location.
In February 2011, the Mid-City Library moved to the American Can Building on Orleans Avenue, where it was housed before its relocation today.
Executive Director of the New Orleans Public Library Charles Brown said, “We are so pleased that the Library will continue its service to the Mid-City neighborhood, now in a larger location with convenient access to both public transportation and parking. Having a public library in such a beautiful, classic mid-20th century building, in such a highly visible location on Canal Street is a wonderful statement to the City's commitment to its libraries which provide the community with access to educational and entertainment resources.”
The Mid-City Library is open Monday–Thursday from 10 a.m.–8 p.m. and Friday–Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
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