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In 1920, the Louisiana Legislature created the Louisiana Library Commission, a forerunner of the State Library of Louisiana.  In 1925, the Commission joined with the great philanthropic Carnegie Corporation to create a network of libraries across the state.  Three-quarters of a century later, Louisiana boasts public libraries in each of its 64 parishes. 

The State Library provides Louisianans access to more than eleven million items through its own excellent collection and electronic resources combined with a statewide online lending network of public libraries, and remains committed to creating ever-increasing opportunities for citizens to experience the value of libraries and reading.