TThe River Center Branch Library's temporary location on Third St. is closed while the collection and equipment are moved to the new permanent location.The opening date of the new River Center Branch will be announced nearer to completion.

River Center Branch Library

447 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Library Hours
Sunday 2pm - 6pm
Monday 8am - 7pm
Tuesday 8am - 7pm
Wednesday 8am - 7pm
Thursday 8am - 7pm
Friday 9am - 6pm
Saturday 9am - 6pm
Phone Numbers
  • Circulation: (225) 389-4967
  • Reference: (225) 389-4964
  • Children's & Teen's Services: (225) 389-4959
  • Branch Manager, Allison Cooper: (225) 389-4967


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Opened: 1980

The River Center is the location of the Foundation Center Grants Collection with classes and assistance in grants research offered by appointment.

The Foundation Center Cooperating Collection consists of publications and supplementary materials providing information on private, community and corporate foundations. Access to Foundation Directory Online and Grants to Individuals Online is available. The collection includes directories, periodicals, and annual reports. Guides to government funding are also available for searching. Grant seekers can use this collection at the River Center Branch.

To research for funding opportunities or to train on use of the online directories, schedule an appointment with the Foundation Center Cooperating Collection Coordinator, at (225) 389-4964.

Free wireless Internet access is available at this branch.

Points of Interest

The new River Center Branch Library will be situated next to Bernardo de Galvez Plaza which holds 2 bronze sculptures by the late Frank Hayden. The two sculptures are (1) a large relief which incorporates the words "What mortal or God comes here in his rage, to trouble the gentle peace of my happy banks" and (2) a giant bust of Oliver Pollock.

In the greater River Center Plaza area there are also four works by Croatian sculptor Ivan Meštrović: (1) Migrating People—"A relief of human figures in proper right profile, in repeating and overlapping form;" (2) Woman Playing the Cello; (3) Woman Playing the Violin; and (4) Pieta—"a stylized figure of the Virgin Mary."

East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council District
District 10


The temporary River Center Branch Library is downtown on 3rd Street in between
Laurel and Main Street. It is located in the old Kress building, across from Matherne's.