Central Branch Library

11260 Joor Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70818

Library Hours

Sunday 2pm - 6pm
Monday 9am - 8pm
Tuesday 9am - 8pm
Wednesday 9am - 8pm
Thursday 9am - 8pm
Friday 9am - 6pm
Saturday 9am - 6pm
Phone Numbers
  • Circulation: (225) 262-2640
  • Reference: (225) 262-2650
  • Children's Services: (225) 262-2660
  • Teen Services: (225) 262-2670
  • Branch Manager, Heather Harrison: (225) 262-2680


18,263 square feet

Opened: Originally opened in 1940; rebuilt and re-opened June, 2002

The first Central Branch Library opened in 1940 and was located in the W.R. Edwards Store across from Central School. The branch was closed in February, 1944, because the store needed additional space. In 1945, the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board erected a building on the Central School grounds for the branch and public library service was resumed in November, 1945.

In the late 1960's, the library began searching for a suitable piece of property for the construction of a new Central Branch.

In 1971, L.W. Eaton constructed a building adjacent to his shopping center at the corner of Hooper and Sullivan roads for the purpose of leasing it to the city as a branch library. The building, located at 13505 Hooper Road, was opened as the Central Branch Library on April 10, 1972. The library purchased the 2,604 square-foot building in 1982.

The newest facility, was designed to accommodate the Central community with a book collection of 100,000 volumes and seating for 125 patrons. The library contains public computers, meeting room for 100, which can be divided into two separate rooms for library programming, and a special Storytime room for children.

Free wireless Internet access is available at this branch.

East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council District
District 4
Architectural Firm
Grace & Hebert Architects, Inc.

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The Central Branch Library is located just north of Hooper Road on the east side of Joor Road.