We’re glad that construction seems to be on track for Baton Rouge’s new Main Library, the headquarters library of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library.

The new $35 million library could be open to the public by late fall, library officials said during a recent tour of the library site. The new library is being built behind the existing Main Library at 7711 Goodwood Blvd. Construction has limited parking at the existing library, which already boasts a busy parking lot on many days of the week. High traffic at the Main Library underscores the significant use that the library gets from patrons. The parking lot seems especially full on Sundays, a popular time for students researching homework projects and using the library’s computers.

The current Main Library, built in 1968 and renovated in the 1970s and 1990s, is showing its age, and it’s rather cramped, too, with little room left for new collections. The new Main Library building should give the library plenty of room to grow. We look forward to its opening before the end of the year.