In 2018, 708,633 items were circulated in the Ouachita Parish Public Library. In addition, patrons accessed library e-services like eBooks and audio eBooks 525,979 times. Included in e-services is access to use of free computers. Residents used library computers 130,513 times. In total, patrons visited library branches 682,627 times.
The most popular item in the system was Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season, with 261 check outs, and Robicheaux: A Novel by James Lee Burke was the most circulated book, with 93 check outs. In the teen and children sections, Diary of a Wimpy Kid reigned supreme, with titles in the book series by Jeff Kinney taking the top three teen fiction spots as well as the No. 1 children’s fiction spot. The Pete the Cat series was popular in the children’s department, with three separate picture books taking the top three spots. Ouachita Parish children also have a fascination with trains, with two separate juvenile nonfiction books titled Trains taking the No. 1 and 2 spots.
See the categorized lists of top circulating items below to get a glimpse of what Ouachita Parish residents are reading, watching and listening:
1. Robicheaux: A Novel by James Lee Burke
2. End Game by David Baldacci
3. The Great Alone: A Novel by Kristin Hannah
Adult Nonfiction (third place tied)
1. Taste of Home Annual Recipes by RDA Enthusiast Brands, LLC
2. Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff
3. How to Organize (Just About) Everything: More Than 500 Step-by-Step Instructions for Everything from Organizing Your Closets to Planning a Wedding to Creating a Flawless Filing System by Peter Walsh (tied for third)
3. iPhone for Dummies by Edward C. Baig and Bob LeVitus (tied for third)
1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney
2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney
3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney
1. Everything You Need to Ace Math in One Big Fat Notebook: The Complete Middle School Study Guide by Workman Publishing
2. Native Americans and the United States by Alison Turnbull Kelley
1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley’s Journal by Jeff Kinney
2. Dog Man by Dav Pilkey
3. Locker Hero by Rachel Renée Russell
1. Trains by Mary Lindeen
2. Trains by Hal Rogers
3. American Girl by Pleasant Co. Publications
1. Pete the Cat: Old MacDonald Had a Farm based on the creation of James Dean
2. Pete the Cat and the Bedtime Blues by James and Kimberly Dean
3. Pete the Cat and the New Guy by James and Kimberly Dean
1. Until the End of Time: A Novel by Danielle Steel
2. The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon
3. Out of the Darkness by Heather Graham Pozzessere
DVDs – TV series
1. Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season
2. Game of Thrones: The Complete Second Season
3. Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season
DVDs – Movies
2. The Dark Tower
3. Hidden Figures (tied for third)
3. Thor: Ragnarok (tied for third)
Seven CDs were tied for first place, including Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Amazing Grace: Inspirational Favorites and Classic Hymns by Anne Murray, Cheek to Cheek by Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, The Greatest Hits Collection II by Brooks & Dunn, Hee Haw Gospel Quartet by Hee Haw Gospel Quartet, The Star Spangled Banner/America the Beautiful by Whitney Houston, and The Very Next Thing by Casting Crowns.
Any person living or working in Ouachita Parish may receive a library card. Residents should bring in proof of identity and proof of address to the library for an application. People working in the parish but living outside the parish should provide proof of employment in addition to proof of identification and proof of address. For details, call 318.327.1490.
About the Ouachita Parish Public Library
The Ouachita Parish Public Library is dedicated to service to everyone. Fulfilling the educational, informational, recreational and technical needs of these people is the Ouachita Parish Public Library’s broad purpose. The library serves a diverse community of approximately 160,000 people. To meet this mission the library has 10 locations throughout the parish, plus a bookmobile, outreach services and e-services online at www.oplib.org.