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Central Library
2920 Highway 51
LaPlace, LA 70068
(985) 652-6857
(985) 652-8005 [fax]
Edgard Branch
2979 Highway 18
Edgard, LA 70049
(985) 497-3453

Garyville Branch
111 Historic Main
Garyville, LA 70051
(985) 535-6868

Reserve Branch
170 West 10th Street
Reserve, LA 70084
(985) 536-4107


Library services were initiated in October 1966, after the Police Jury had agreed to sponsor a demonstration library to be operated for one year by the Louisiana State Library with funds from the Federal Library Services and Construction Act. The demonstration was a success, and voters assured continued library service when they approved a property tax (which requires periodic renewal) for the maintenance and operation of the library as a parish institution.

The library is operated under the policy supervision of a Board of Control whose eight members are appointed by the parish governing authority (the Parish Council) for five-year staggered terms. The Parish President serves as an ex-officio member.

The St. John the Baptist Parish Library system offers service from a central library in LaPlace with branches in Reserve, Edgard and Garyville. Also, a mobile service is available for the home bound and those in institutional environments such as a nursing home or Place du Bourg.

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