Storytime at the Covington Branch
Dogeared Readers Book Club
From Mandeville, take either Hwy 59 or 190 north to I-12 and head west toward Hammond. Take the Hwy 21 exit north to Covington. Turn right on 21st Ave, the branch is on the left. From Slidell, take I-12 and head west to the Hwy 21 exit.
Services and Collections:
Available for public use are a black & white laser printer ($ .10 per page), 2 black & white photocopiers ($ .10 per page), a color photocopier ($.50 per page), a typewriter and a fax machine for sending and receiving faxes.
Covington's collection consists of over 125,628 items including books (regular and large print), magazines, videos, DVDs, audio cassettes and CDs. The branch also contains a large local history and genealogy collection. These collections include census records, family histories, local newspapers and historical photographs.
Two outside bookdrops are available. Both are located on the west side of the branch. One is in the west wall to the right rear entrance. The other is in the parking lot.
A meeting room is available for use as specified by Library policy.
In 1946, at the request of the Covington Business and Professional Women's Organization, the St Tammany Parish Police Jury passed an ordinance of establishment asking the State Library to place St. Tammany Parish on the waiting list for a library demonstration project. The St. Tammany Parish Library opened on June 2, 1950. It was the 32nd parish library established in Louisiana. The Covington Branch, the first branch established, opened in the Lobdell Paint Store Building at 203 New Hampshire St on June 2, 1950. The branch and library headquarters moved to 711 Boston Street in 1951 and remained there until moving to 401 North Jefferson Avenue in 1965. This 4,270 square foot building, which was renovated during the years to create more workspace, was used until 1987. During the mid 1980's, St. Tammany Parish voters approved a bond issue which funded the construction of the current building at 310 W. 21st Avenue. The new 18,252 square foot contemporary style building opened on September 23, 1987.