About the Library

The mission of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library is to serve all residents of the parish as an educational, informational, recreational and cultural center through a wide variety of resources, services, and programs.

Persons interested in applying for positions at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library should contact the City of Baton Rouge Department of Human Resources Recruitment and Examination Division (Phone: 225- 389-3132)

Download or print a copy of The City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge Employment Application from brgov.com/dept/hr/download.htm.

Library History and Facts

About us

The East Baton Rouge Parish Library (EBRPL) was established in 1939 with a collection of second-hand donated books. During its first three years, the library established eight additional library branches to service the Baton Rouge area.

Today, EBRPL is comprised of a Main Library and 13 community or regional branch libraries, and several bookmobiles. With a staff of more than 540 employees, the Library is open a cumulative total of 958 hours weekly. Additional outreach service is provided on a regular basis to area schools, day care centers, retirement centers, and various community centers.

The Library’s collection numbers almost 2 million items. Last year, our 325,303 registered borrowers made 2,212,004 visits to local libraries, checked out 2,434,723 items, and received assistance with 885,764 reference inquiries. Nearly 319,662 patrons participated in more than 7,700 library programs and 55,699 patrons attended community meetings in Library meeting rooms.

EBRPL is the recipient of numerous national and state awards including the Modisette Award for Excellence from the Louisiana Library Association and the President’s Coming Up Taller Award. Recently, the Library received a Starred Ranking from Library Journal for the second consecutive year.


EBRPL is a governmental entity of the consolidated government of the City of Baton Rouge and the Parish of East Baton Rouge. The library system, which has been in existence since 1939, operates under the control of the City/Parish government and the direction of the Library Board of Control, a seven-person board appointed by the Metropolitan Council.

The Library Board of Control appoints a Director, Spencer Watts, who oversees the operations of the library system. The Assistant Director of Administrative Services, Mary H. Stein and the Assistant Director of Branch Services, Patricia Husband, work with the Library Business Manager, seven Division Heads and thirteen Branch Managers to plan and implement programs and services to all library populations. In addition, they are responsible for selecting, processing and administering all resources, and maintaining and operating all library facilities.

Since successful passage of its first dedicated property tax in 1986, the Library has completed two stages of a comprehensive building program and dramatically increased services and resources for residents throughout the parish. All branches are open seven days per week to provide reference and information, print and non-print resources, free programs, classes, and workshops, and computers with Internet access for the public. The Digital Library is available 24/7 via remote access.


The mission of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library is to serve all of the residents of the parish as an educational, informational, recreational, and cultural center through a wide variety of resources, services, and programs.


The Library contributes to the quality of life, enjoyment, enlightenment, and economic vitality of our diverse and dynamic community.

Overall Usage Indicators: 2010 - 2014

East Baton Rouge Parish Library
7711 Goodwood Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
(225) 231-3750