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Opening (and Closing) Dates of NOPL Buildings

This is a "quick list" of opening and (if applicable) closing dates of New Orleans Public Library's facilities. The opening date is usually the date of the building's dedication, not necessarily the day when the building actually opened to the public. The list has been updated to include information on the building's fate in Hurricane Katrina and subsequent progress toward recovery.

Building Opening Date Closing Date Hurricane Katrina Post Katrina
Royal Branch November 25, 1907 1965

Algiers Point Branch (now Cita Dennis Hubbell Branch) December 28, 1907
Minor damage; no flooding Reopened October 31, 2005; Closed in May, 2008 for major repairs; temporary branch relocated to the Algiers Courthouse Carriage House, 225 Morgan St.; reopened in original location, July 10, 2013
Napoleon Branch (now Children's Resource Center) January 31, 1908
Minor damage; no flooding Reopened January 9, 2006; Major rennovation completed, June 2006
Main Library (Lee Circle) October 15, 1908 1958

Canal Branch August 26, 1911 1958

Dryades Branch October 23, 1915 1965

Nix Branch November 29, 1930
Minor damage, no flooding Reopened October 31, 2005
Alvar Branch November 7, 1940
Flooded with about a foot of water; closed and gutted Reopened, June 2006
Milton Latter Memorial Branch October 31, 1948
Roof damage, no flooding Reopened, January 2006
Norman Mayer ("Gentilly") Branch March 27, 1949
Major flooding; demolished Temporary branch opened at 2077 Caton St., July 5, 2010; rebuilt branch opened March 20, 2012
Broadmoor Branch April 4, 1954 1981

Nora Navra Branch

(Original building called Branch 9)

May 2, 1954

October 8, 1946


1954

Major flooding; closed and gutted Slated for rebuild
Robert E. Smith Branch
First building

Second building


April 8, 1956

November 5, 1979


Major flooding; demolished Bookmobile provided service, beginning May 2006; temporary branch opened, December 2008; rebuilt branch opened March 22, 2012
Main Library (219 Loyola Ave.) December 15, 1958
Minor damage; no flooding Reopened, October 31, 2005
Algiers Regional Branch April 19, 1966
Major damage from wind and rain; demolished Trailer opened, June 2006; replaced by temporary building, November, 2008; rebuilt branch opened July 11, 2012
East New Orleans Regional Branch October 23, 1968
Major flooding; demolished Temporary branch opened in the Einstein School, December, 2007 (and closed July, 2009); temporary building opened on branch site, October 5, 2009; rebuilt branch opened April 12, 2012
Broad Branch (now Rosa Keller Library and Community Center) November 19, 1993
Major flooding; partially demolished Temporary branch opened, December, 2008; rebuilt branch opened March 16, 2012
Martin Luther King Branch October 14, 1995
Major flooding Reopened October 2007
Mid-City Branch July 26, 2007

Temporary branch at 330 N. Carrollton Ave. opened, July 26, 2007. Reopened at 3700 Orleans Ave., February 14, 2011.
Central City Branch November 15, 2010

Opened in the Mahalia Jackson Childhood and Family Learning Center, November 15, 2010


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