Visit a library branch, or if 18 years or older, apply online. NOTE: If you've had a physical card before, but are not sure where it is, contact your home branch to see if you are eligible for a replacement card.
Apply for a full-service card
Visit a local branch with proof of identification.
Receive a physical library card. The card can be used at all branches.
Patrons may donate funds to purchase library materials in memory of someone or in honor of someone. They may make general suggestions regarding the subject.
Materials are selected and bought by the Collection Development Coordinator. A bookplate is placed in the material, and when it is sent to the library branch, the donor and the honoree’s family are notified.
Direct donation of actual materials is discouraged as these are often not in compliance with collection selection rules regarding currency, authority, etc.
Gifts of money are always welcome and appreciated.
Specific recommendations from the donor are honored as far as the suggestions enhance subject areas of need within the collection and follow the Collection Development Policy selection guidelines.
UPDATE: Donations are only being accepted by the Friends of the Library at the Central Branch and the Westlake Branch.
Central Branch (301 W. Claude St., Lake Charles) - Tuesdays from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and Sundays from 2 pm - 4 pm during their regularly scheduled book sale hours. The contact number is 337-721-7116.
Westlake Branch (937 Mulberry Street, Westlake) - Thursdays between 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm during their regularly scheduled book sale. If book sale staff is limited on that day, donations will not be accepted. Contact the Westlake Branch ahead of time. The number is 337-721-7113.
The library accepts unrestricted, irrevocable gifts of books and other library materials.
What happens to my gift?
Your donations are accepted with the understanding that they’ll be added to the collection following the Material Selection Plan.
The library reserves the right to sell or otherwise dispose of gifts and donated materials through branch book sales, the Friends of the Library book sales, recycling, or disposal services.
Calcasieu Parish Public Library will not assign a value to donated gift materials. However, the library will stamp or sign the patron’s list of items for X number of books, boxes of books, books-on-tapes, etc., which you can use for tax purposes.