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Book a Librarian

Need help with a device, website, or app but don't want to come in for a class? Schedule an appointment with a librarian to get one on one help. Details!


Braille, Audio & Other Aids

Computer/technology classes

FREE computer classes! Learn how to download eBooks, use Facebook, use your new computer, or even how to master a job interview. 

Here's an additional list of classes that are being offered within the Calcasieu Parish community.

If you took a computer class at the Library, but didn't have time to take notes, or maybe you want to review what was done during the class, view this list of helpful guides.




Do you need to type a resume' or find something on the Internet? 
Visit any library location to use a public PC. All you need is a library card & pin #.

  • Don't have a library card? Ask the library staff for assistance or find more details about a library card.
  • Create professional-quality resumes in 3 quick and easy steps with Cypress Resume.

Use a computer for a 1 hour session, with a daily limit of 2 sessions. The PCs include internet access, Microsoft Office, and plug-ins for Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash and Java that are updated quarterly. Users must agree to the use policy.



Copying and Printing

Need to make copies? 

  • All library locations have copy machines for a charge is $.20 per page
  • Printing from public PCs is available for $.20 per page
  • Color copying and color printing are available at all library locationsThe charge is $.50 per page



Didn't find it in the Library Catalog? Borrow it!

Didn't find what you were looking for in the Library's online catalog? Request it! Have questions regarding a request? Find help below.



State Library of Louisiana service called Loanshark offers registered Loanshark users the ability to browse a collective catalog of all La. parishes, request to borrow items found in the collective catalog and check the status of those requests. This service is FREE with the exception of photocopy charges. 
NOTE: Need help using Loanshark? Ask our staff or view this handout. 

Early Literacy Stations

Did you know that the Library has computers with pre-loaded educational software for kids?
Computers just for children ages 2-8. The educational titles pre-loaded by AWE span 7 curricular areas. Kids are having fun, and they don’t even know they are learning. 



Innovation Studio

The CPPL Innovation Studio provides a space for everyone in Calcasieu Parish to learn about emerging technologies and bring their creations to life. Graphic arts design, film editing, 3D design, app creation, and coding are just a sample of what this space holds for you!

The studio is located inside of the Central Library located at the corner of Ernest St. and W. Claude St. in South Lake Charles. The physical address is 301 West Claude Street. Contact 337-721-7116 for details.




Laptop/iPad/HotSpot Checkout Program


  • Laptop Kiosk available within the Library:
    • Central Library (337-721-7116) 301 W. Claude St. in Lake Charles
    • Checkout 1 per card for 2 hours.
    • Details
  • Laptops available for checkout outside of the library: 
    • Checkout 1 per card for 7 days. No renewals, but can place holds. 
    • Details


  • iPADs available to checkout inside or outside of the Library
    • Checkout 1 per car for 7 days; no renewals, but can place holds.
    • View/place hold
  • iPAD Kiosk to use only within the Genealogy Library
    • ​Checkout for 2 hours only; inside library use only; adult check out only; no renewals nor holds


  • Checkout 1 per card for 7 days; no renewals, but can place holds.
  • Service is only available in T-Mobile coverage areas. 
  • View/place hold


Get your Library Card

Need a Library card?
FREE to anyone who lives, works, owns property, or attends school in Calcasieu Parish. Apply for a library card at your local library branch or you may apply online if 18+ years. Details



Libraries Southwest

Are you a resident of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Evangeline, Jeff Davis, South St. Landry Community Library or Vernon parish? Would you like to borrow books from one of the parishes listed below because it is not available in your library system?
Libraries Southwest (LSW) is a service that links the parish libraries of Southwest Louisiana together in order to provide better service to patrons. An LSW library card enables patrons to utilize library services and check out materials from any of these six parishes: Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Evangeline, Jeff Davis, South St. Landry Community Library and Vernon parish. Find more information on how to make use of this service.



Library Technology Info and Tips

Are you curious about what technology is available in the library? Are you looking for safety tips for using the Internet? Need to setup an email to receive pictures from your family? 
You've come to the right place. Get helpful tech tips. Are you new to computers? Get help.


Library To-Go/Maplewood Outreach Center

Library To-Go is the library’s outreach service. We offer FREE delivery of library materials to homebound persons and we also supply nursing homes, daycares, and other facilities with reading and viewing materials. In addition, we can do informational visits and make presentations about library services for organizations and community events. Apply today!


Little Free Library

Enjoy a stroll in the park and select a good read with the Little Free Library.
The Calcasieu Parish Public Library System and Sulphur Parks and Recreation have partnered to bring the Little Free Library movement to the city of Sulphur. Details


Manage multiple Library accounts

Need to manage your library account? Want to receive notifications (overdue, pre-overdue, holds, and bills) via email/text? Do you need to track multiple accounts? It's easy with Library Elf.


Meeting Rooms

Do you or your organization/group need to gather together for meetings? 
The Library has 6 public meeting rooms and 3 conference rooms available for booking. Visit the library's Meeting Room policy or view the calendar to request use.


New to Computers?

Are you new to computers? Get help.

Are you curious about what technology is available in the library? Are you looking for safety tips for using the Internet? Need to setup an email to receive pictures from your family? You've come to the right place! Get tech tips.


Pay your Fines

Need to pay your fines?
Visit your local Library branch or pay your fines online.


SMART Table Interactive Learning Center

Have you recently visited the Epps Memorial Library, Central Library, Iowa Library, or Moss Bluff Library? Did you notice a new device sitting in the children's area?
It's the SMART Table. It's an interactive learning center! Gather around this multi-touch, multi-user table to explore digital lessons, play educational games and work together on interactive learning activities. 


State Library of La. Services

Browse through the list of services provided by the State Library of Louisiana.

Did you know that the State Library provides resources for homework, entertainment, business and other resources to all citizens of Louisiana? Browse this list.

Services include Louisiana Documents and Special Collections, Talking Book & Braille Library program, Braille and Audio Reading Download program and Ask-a-Librarian.


Summer Reading Programs

Every summer we offer summer reading programs for kids, teens and adults. All are are invited to sign up and read for prizes! Plus we offer special events throughout the summer.

The program kicks off with our annual Kick-Off Party on the last Friday in May from 4p to 7p at the Prien Lake Park. All who attend will enjoy entertainment from special guests as well as games, balloons, a story tent, refreshments, and lots more.


Support Us! Buy it Now!

A portion of each sale of digital content or other items, purchased from OverDrive WIN Affiliated Retailers using the “Buy it Now” link from your library’s website, is credited back to this library. Retailers include, Barnes& Noble, Buy Now kobo, libraryBIN and Powell's Books.


WiFi Access & WiFi Printing

We have Wi-Fi! All you need is your device/laptop. Don't have one?
Check with library staff about checking out a laptop. All library branches have public Wifi access available. We also offer Wifi printing. Users may login to the WiFi network between 8a and 10p daily. Details