The mission of LaSalle Parish Library is to offer informational, educational, recreational and cultural enrichment opportunities for the residents of LaSalle Parish, Louisiana.


Location & Hours 

Main Library
3108 North First Street
Jena, LA  71342
(318) 992 - 5675 / (318) 992 - 7374 (fax)
8 AM - 5 PM Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri
8 AM - 6 PM Tue
9 AM - 1 PM Sat



Olla Branch
1449 Blake Street
Olla, LA  71465
(318) 495 - 5570 / (318) 495 - 5593 (fax)
9 AM - 5  PM  Monday - Friday

Board of Control  

The Library is administered by the LaSalle Parish Library Board of Control, composed of five members appointed by the Police Jury to serve five years. Current members are: 

Sammy Franklin, President 

Barbarean Elmore 

Carol McDougald

Melba Pugh 

Anita Tarpley 

Wayne Richardson (ex-officio member).


Trained and experienced, the staff of LaSalle Parish Library is available and eager to assist in your use of the facilities and resources:


Andrea Book, Acting Director 

Charlene Gough, Circulation Desk, Olla Branch

Kristie Proffer, Circulation, Olla Branch

Grace Harris, Materials  processor, Olla Branch
Becky Davidson, Outreach Services - Jena Branch
Donna Estis, Children's Librarian, Interlibrary Loans - Jena Library

Chasity Garrett, Circulation Desk & Shelver - Jena Branch

Carol Jackson, Administrative Assistant - Jena Branch
Barbara Murphy, Cataloging, Collection Development - Jena Branch
Shirley Hebron, Custodial Service, Main Library

Kelly Proffer, Custodial Service, Branch Library

As far back as 1934 interested citizens were inquiring with the Louisiana State Library about establishing library service in LaSalle Parish.  In 1947, the LaSalle Parish Police Jury passed an Ordinance of Establishment as the first step toward a parish library.  In 1952 the citizens of LaSalle Parish voted in a maintenance tax for the LaSalle Parish Library.

In 1960 a special two year building tax was voted in to house the headquarters branch in Jena and a branch in Olla.  The buildings were occupied in 1963.  LaSalle Parish citizens have continued to support their library ever since!

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