The Genealogy and Special Collections Department supports the mission of the Ouachita Parish Public Library by providing resources, technology and assistance for family and local history research. The Joseph Bennet McGuire Genealogy Room, located on the first floor of the Main Branch Library, contains books, magazines, newspapers, yearbooks and family histories, a copy machine, computers and a microfilm reader/printer. 

The India King Stubbs Special Collections and Rare Book Room, located on the 2nd floor of the Main Branch Library, provides climate-controlled storage for unique and vulnerable collections. Please make an appointment to ensure staff availability. The staff e-mail is Other contacts are C. Robertson, MLIS, Head of Genealogy and Special Collections 318.342-1490 ext. 3030, and L. Peppers, Genealogist 318.342-1490 ext. 3022,


Aerial image of the intersection of Louisville and DeSiard from the Louisiana Digital Library Databases
Links to popular genealogy and history databases
image from a Sanborn Map Genealogy and History
Links to other genealogy and history websites
Image of McLain Monument from City Cemetery Tour Programs, Tours and Tutorials
Links to past programs, tours and tutorials

Genealogy Hours at Main Branch

Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.