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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.
The Calcasieu Parish Public Library's Core Values are defined as deeply held convictions, priorities, and assumptions that influence personal attitudes and behaviors.
Strategic planning begun in 1989. It continues with the adoption of the fifth strategic plan on June 20, 2013 by the Library Board of Control. The plan titled "Bridges for Calcasieu" was the result of 6 months collaboration between the Community Committee, Library Board of Control and Library Staff.
To be in compliance with requirements for federal erate funding the library must have an approved technology plan that lists goals and strategies for telecommunications, information technology, staff development, budget and evaluation process.
The Calcasieu Parish Public Library surveyed library visitors to get an idea of how much their service would cost the visitors if they obtained it from commercial sources. Through a partnership with The College of Business at McNeese State University, the survey data was analyzed and an assessment of the costs and benefits of the library system was produced. Dr. Michael M. Kurth, Professor of Economics, prepared the study, with the data being compiled and analyzed by MBA student Elizabeth C. Kelly as part of her internship requirement.