About Our Library

History of the East Carroll Parish Library

The East Carroll Parish Library formally opened on June 17, 1884. Later that same year, the Library Committee met with the quorum and elected a librarian.

The present library opened June 29, 1954 as a demonstration library with Miss Elizabeth Cammack as its first librarian. The East Carroll Bookmobile also began its service to rural patrons during the same time with Mr. George Wise as its first Bookmobile driver. The East Carroll Parish Library is currently located at 109 Sparrow Street in Lake Providence, Louisiana.

Library Mission

The library’s mission is to provide patrons with the best and most current information resources possible, now including online electronic information resources. It is the library’s desire to offer access to the electronic resource environment for the use of all the citizens of the East Carroll Parish.

Services Offered
• Trailblazer System (E-media Library)
• Daily Library services available 6 days a week, 9 hours weekday and 4 hours on Saturday through the main Library and Bookmobile
• A book collection of over 30,000 volumes
• Magazine and newspaper subscriptions
• Telephone reference service
• Large print collection
• DVD collection of over 900 titles
• Books on CD collection for adults and children
• Black history collection
• Louisiana history collection
• Reference collection
• Photocopy, fax and laminating services
• Bookmobile services throughout the parish, nursing home and schools
• Computerized interlibrary loan
• Free public access Internet and word processing
• Annual summer reading program for children
• A microfilm reader/printer with census and parish newspapers on microfilm
• Overhead projector for in-house use

Board of Control
Mrs. Kay Shepherd, President
Mrs. Carolyn Brown, Vice President                           
Ms. Jean E. Coleman                           
Mr. Jim Crigler                                        
Mrs. Catherine James                                                   
Mrs. Sharon Knight                           
Mr. Tommy Morant