Patrons of the Public Library (POPL)

Who We Are

The Patrons of the Public Library is a non-profit organization, which supports the work of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library, both financially and through volunteer efforts.

Formed in 1984, the Patrons of the Public Library is comprised of citizens from the community who appreciate and value libraries as educational, informational, cultural and recreational institutions.

What We Do

The annual Author/Illustrator Workshop and the Summer Reading Club are just two of the many programs which the Patrons of the Public Library supports with volunteer efforts and financial assistance. In 2000, the Patrons sponsored the first Book Sale to benefit the Library. Some of the new and used books that are donated to the Library, but not needed in the collection, were offered for sale. Since 2006, monthly book sales of gift books have been held at Recycled Reads, 3434 North Blvd., Baton Rouge.

The Patrons help to support programs and events by purchasing special materials not provided for in the Library budget. In addition, the organization supports the campaign for passage of the Library Tax.

Why We Need YOU

Today, more than ever before, the Library needs your support!

Patrons work to assure proper funding for public libraries at the local, state, and national levels. Through the efforts of the Patrons of the Public Library, the East Baton Rouge Parish Library can continue to provide unique and essential services, events, and programs for our community.

How Can You Get Involved?

Join the Patrons of the Public Library today! Call or visit your local library and find out how you can make a difference!

POPL raises money through its monthly sales of gift books, the sale of its special library bookmark, and membership dues. There are three levels of dues:

  • Annual Member - $5.00
  • Supporting Member - $10.00
  • Life Member - $50.00

Memorials, recognitions, bequests, and other special gifts to POPL are tax deductible and greatly appreciated.

Contact POPL through our library email address: To become a member of POPL, please print and fill out the membership form below and submit it to the Adult Services Division of the Main Library or call (225) 231-3745.

Membership Form

Memorial Form