About CPPL (history/mission)

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Library Branch Locations

Find the locations of each branch, the hours, phone numbers, and any events happening throughout the year.


We are a member of Libraries Southwest, an organization of public, academic and school libraries dedicated to serving the library needs of Southwest Louisiana. 


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

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. Updated version of Strategic Plan (Library Board of Control meeting in Feb. 2016)

Technology Plan July 2011 to June 2014

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.

Return on Investment Library Study

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.

Mission Statement

The Calcasieu Parish Public Library serves all the people who live in the parish with materials, information, and services through a network of branches that are conveniently located and easy to use. The Library strives to help people make informed decisions, enjoy their free time, and continue learning all of their lives. The Library Board and Staff are committed to providing high quality, cost effective, equitable service that meets the needs of all parish residents.

IMPACT Survey Report 2014 

Summary or Comprehensive Report
This report summarizes how patrons use the public access technology provided by Calcasieu Parish Library based on IMPACT Survey responses collected within the library system in September.

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