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Bossier Parish Libraries History Center

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Bossier Parish Libraries History Center
Bossier Parish Libraries History Center

Contact Information[edit | edit source]

Email: history-center@bossierlibrary.org
Website: https://www.bossierlibrary.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BPLHistoryCenter
Address: 2206 Beckett Street, Bossier City, LA 71111
Telephone: 318-746-7717
Hours of Operation: Mon - Thurs: 9am - 8pm; Fri: 9am - 6pm; Sat 9am - 5pm; Sun 1pm to 5 pm
Directions/Parking Map:

Blog: http://bpl-hc.blogspot.com/

Collections database (PastPerfect): https://bossier.pastperfectonline.com/

Index to Bossier Banner newspaper: https://sites.google.com/site/bossierhistory/ Indexed from 1859-1985.

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History[edit | edit source]

The Bossier Parish Library System was first discussed by the PTA of Bossier High School in 1940 and the Bossier Parish Police Jury approved the formation of the Library on a “demonstration” basis. This was funded by the State Library of Louisiana for one year. At the end of that year, the Police Jury approved the library on a permanent basis with the passage of a one-half millage sustaining tax in June of 1941. The first branches were located in Bossier City, Haughton, Plain Dealing and the parish seat, Benton. The agreement reached between the Parish and the State Library was for the State Library to furnish all books in the Parish Library’s possession, as well as with a bookmobile and other equipment. The Parish tax was used to maintain and expand library services.

The History Center – In the early 1960s, the Bossier Parish Library announced plans to compile a collection of photographs, scrapbooks, and other information related to the history of the parish. These items were indexed and kept at the Bossier City branch. A dedicated history center opened in 1998, directly behind the Central Branch on Beckett Street. The building features large exhibit spaces and a storage room for archival material.

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