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The Calcasieu Parish Public Library welcomes all with convenient access to high quality and innovative collections, resources, and services that enrich lives and create connections in our community.

The Calcasieu Parish Public Library celebrates diversity and opens its doors to everyone. We support, trust, and empower each other and our communities, and we share, create, and preserve their stories. Our job is to help you find information and learn about the world through reading and information resources. Library staff have curated a list of resources to assist you in learning about the history of racism in America, how racial issues affect us today, and encourage community dialog, unity, and fellowship, and combat racial injustice.

History
Library services began in 1901 with the founding of the Lake Charles Public Library. It was expanded in 1944 when the Calcasieu Parish Library system was created. The two systems merged in 1973 as the Calcasieu Parish Public Library.
Strategic Plan
The Calcasieu Parish Public Library has a history of strategic planning that began in 1989 with the publication of the first five-year plan.

Throughout most of 2018, CPPL engaged in a new strategic planning process to develop a roadmap for service delivery in 2019-2023. A Strategic Planning Committee drafted a new strategic plan modeled around the wants and needs of our community.

In November, the CPPL Board of Control approved the Library’s vision, mission, core values, and six goals for the 2019-2023 Strategic Plan.
Annual Report
Here's a comprehensive report on library activities throughout 2019.
Libraries Southwest Consortia
We are a member of Libraries Southwest, an organization of public, academic and school libraries dedicated to serving the library needs of Southwest Louisiana.

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