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We are happy to encourage all residents of our parish to obtain a library card. Your Ouachita Parish Public Library card allows you to enjoy the many resources of our Library and is your ticket to hours of reading, listening, and viewing pleasure. With the card, you have access to our online databases, downloadable eBooks, eServices,  and library catalog. An application for a card is available at any of the Library's ten locations, as well as our Bookmobile. Your Library card can be used at any branch to check out books, recordings, framed artwork, periodicals, videos, CDs, and eServices. Children's cards (under age 17) have some checkout and download restrictions.

To get a Ouachita Parish Public Library card you must present a photo ID and a piece of U.S. mail showing your address. You must be 17 years or older to get a card without a parent/guardian signature. Until your card is processed, you will only be able to check out two items. 

Remember, you are responsible for any materials checked out on your card. If you forget your card and you are in good standing with the Library, you may use your valid Louisiana driver's license for checkout, but it does not take the place of your Library card. You are encouraged to use your Library card instead of your driver's license. Your Library card will have empowerment features such as eService access.

The due date of your items can be located either on the printed receipt you can request at the checkout desk or
by eReceipt, which can be texted or emailed to you.  eReceipts are a much more environmentally friendly option that we encourage. You can also check your account online through the online catalog and on the OPPL iLibrary mobile app for due dates and a list of all items checked out. Be sure to check your receipt for all return dates.

The fine for all overdue materials is $.25 per day. These materials are inspected after each use and damages assessed if needed.  Please pay fines upon returning items. Items may be returned to any branch of the Ouachita Parish Public Library System regardless of checkout location.

If you have not finished using the materials by the end of the loan period, you may renew them by calling our Telephone Messaging System, our automated telephone renewal service, at 327-1497. Items can also be renewed via our catalog in your account as well as with our OPPL iLibrary mobile app. Renewals are only permitted if no one else has requested the item. Items can be renewed, one time only, for an additional loan period depending on type. If your items are overdue, they cannot be renewed. Please return more popular books as soon as possible due to the high volume of requests.

IF YOUR  LIBRARY CARD IS LOST OR STOLEN PLEASE REPORT IT TO THE LIBRARY AT ONCE AS YOU WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DEBTS INCURRED.

Please contact the Circulation Department for any additional questions or information at
(318) 327-1490.
Our Mission

The Ouachita Parish Public Library is dedicated to the concept of service to everyone. This encompasses individuals and groups of every age, education, philosophy, occupation, economic level, ethnic origin and the human condition. Fulfilling the educational, informational, recreational, and spiritual needs of these people is the Ouachita Parish Public Library's broad purpose. 

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