BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — A new East Baton Rouge Parish library will begin breaking ground for construction soon.

According to a release, the South Branch Library is expected to start construction after a groundbreaking event on Tuesday, Oct. 24. Construction is scheduled to take 14 months and holds a $11.632 million budget. These funds came over time as part of the library’s 10-year Dedicated Property Tax.

“We are very pleased construction of the new South Branch Library has gotten off to a solid start,” said Interim Library Co-Director Patricia Husband. “The investment in this project will provide world-class resources and amenities for patrons. Modern libraries are designed to be flexible, energy-efficient, and function within the community as a site for discussions, research, planning, learning, and enjoying books and other amenities. This is just another step in a long process to bring such nationally enviable resources and world-class libraries to every neighborhood we serve.”

The 18,800-square-foot building will include:

  • dedicated spaces for adults and children
  • books and watching material for all ages
  • 31 public computers
  • laptop bar
  • 10 laptops for online learning
  • free Wi-Fi
  • interactive learning table for young children
  • self-checkout kiosk
  • large public meeting room
  • six study rooms
  • conference room
  • courtyard
  • canopy for drop-offs
  • bike repair station
  • green space

The library will be located at 2210 Glasgow Avenue near Perkins Road.

Click here to learn more about the South Branch Construction Project.