Explore Libraries at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference

Many of us love to visit other libraries while we are out of town, and there are plenty to visit in New Orleans that are accessible by streetcar or ferry. Streetcar fare is $1.25 for each ride. If you’re paying on the streetcar, you will need exact change. You can also purchase 1-day, 3-day, and 5-day in advance online (https://ecommerce.norta.com/Store), or download the RTA gomobile app (apple & android) and purchase passes from there. A ferry ride is $2.00 each way. Again, you will need exact change or you can purchase an integrated streetcar, bus, and ferry pass on the mobile app for a higher price.

Take the Algiers Point Ferry to the Cita Dennis Hubbell Library:

Cita Dennis Hubbell Library
725 Pelican Avenue
Hours: MON-THU, 10am-8pm; FRI-SAT: 10am-5pm

A Carnegie library built in 1907, the Hubbell Library is one of two Carnegie library buildings still used by the New Orleans Public Library. While you are there, explore the beautifully painted shotgun houses, the quaint neighborhood, the shops and stores in Algiers Point, and take in the view of Jackson Square just across the river.

Getting there: Head to the Canal Street Ferry terminal at the very end of Canal Street on the Mississippi River. For more information including the ferry schedule, visit: http://www.norta.com/Maps-Schedules/New-Orleans-Ferry. At the Algiers Point Ferry terminal, take Morgan Street up one block. Turn right onto Seguin Street for two blocks. Turn left onto Pelican Avenue and you will see the library in about 4.5 blocks.

Take the one of the Canal Street Streetcars to the Mid-City Library:

Mid-City Library

4140 Canal Street

Hours: MON-THU, 10am-8pm; FRI-SAT: 10am-5pm

Located in a mid-century modern building designed by the same architect firm that designed the Superdome and Main Library, this neighborhood library’s large windows offer great views of the streetcar line.


Getting there: There are two Streetcar lines on Canal Street, and you can take either the Canal-City Park line or the Canal-Cemeteries line to the Carrollton stop. Keep walking up Canal Street 1.5 blocks to the library.

Visit three libraries along the St. Charles Streetcar Line:

There are three libraries accessible from the St. Charles Streetcar line:

1. Children’s Resource Center

913 Napoleon Avenue

Hours: MON-THU, 10am-8pm; FRI-SAT: 10am-5pm

Open since 1908, The Children’s Resource Center is our second operating Carnegie library. This library caters to children and teens but also has adult collections and offers adult programming. Explore the shops on Magazine street just a half block away.

Getting there: Take the St. Charles Streetcar to the Napoleon Avenue stop. Head down Napoleon Avenue toward the river about 6.5 blocks, and you will arrive at the library. The library is between Camp and Magazine Streets.

2. Milton H. Latter Library

5120 St. Charles Avenue

Hours: MON-THU, 10am-8pm; FRI-SAT: 10am-5pm; SUN: 1pm-5pm

Situated amongst the Uptown mansions on St. Charles Street, this library is one of those mansions. Built in 1907, this beautiful library also hosts our Friends of the Library and their Wednesday and Saturday book sales in the carriage house from 10am-2pm.

Getting there: Take the St. Charles Streetcar to the Bordeaux Street stop and keep heading uptown on St. Charles Avenue for 3.5 blocks. The library is between Soniat and Dufossat Streets.

3. Nix Library

1401 S. Carrollton Avenue

Hours: MON-THU, 10am-8pm; FRI-SAT: 10am-5pm

The Nix library is a small neighborhood library that was renovated last year. It is two blocks from the restaurants, bars, and shops of Oak Street.

Getting there: Eventually, the streetcar takes a turn onto Carrollton Street. Get off at the Willow Street stop and you will see the Nix Library.

 

Adrienne L. Strock is a member of the YALSA Local Arrangements Committee for ALA Annual 2018 and works for the New Orleans Public Library.

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