So, THAT’S where the library went…

1853 Providing that Fisk Library, founded under the bequest of the late Abijah Fisk, together with a lot and building on the corner of Bourbon and Customhouse (now Iberville) Streets, be transferred and assigned to the Mechanics Society of New Orleans to be held and used by them for the same purposes and trusts under which now used. The said library to be preserved and enlarged and be known as the “Fisk Free Library”.
1881 Requesting the President of the Mechanics Society to turn over to the City the Fisk Free Library together with the lot and building on the corner of Bourbon and Customhouse (now Iberville) Streets, so that said property may be administered in accordance with the will of Abijah Fisk bearing date of Nov. 27, 1843. Also providing that the library be removed to the room in the City Hall Building known as the Public School City Library, and that the rental accruing from lot and building on Bourbon and Customhouse Streets be applied solely to the enlargement of the library.
1894 Providing that the Public Library shall be kept open daily for access of the public between the hours of 9 A.M. and 3 P.M., and from 6 P.M. to 10 P.M. Sundays and Holidays excepted.

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New Orleans resident, writer, activist. Public market consultant.

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