nolabrarian (nolabrarian) wrote in neworleans,

So you can borrow video games from the library now??? YES.

The New Orleans Public Library is proud to announce its newest collection: Video Games!

To debut our new collection, we will be having an evening of gaming on National Gaming Day @ your library (a nationwide event) on Saturday, November 14. The event will be held at the Mid-City Library (330 N. Carrollton Ave., 596-2654) from 5 – 7 pm. We will have multiple gaming stations set up, and will be providing games such as Mario Kart, Rock Band 2, Dance Dance Revolution, Madden NFL 10, Street Fighter 4, and more, including board games! If you want to bring your game controller from home for multiplayer games, please do so. We will be serving FREE pizza and other refreshments to help keep your energy levels up. Gaming Night is open to all ages.

Games at Gaming Night:
Naruto Clash of Ninja
Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympics
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Wii Musi
Virtual Tennis
Smackdown vs. Raw
Lego Batman
Fight Night Round 4
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10
Sonic’s Ultimate Collection
2K Sports Major League Baseball

So why video games at the library?

A survey conducted this summer showed much enthusiasm for a gaming collection at NOPL, and the results helped us learn what game systems and types of games are of most interest to our patrons. We will be lending games for Playstation 3, Wii, and Xbox 360, with games covering a wide range of interests, from classic games to sports games, educational games to racing games, and everything in between.

Video games can be expensive, and are financially out of reach for many younger patrons and their families, especially in these tougher economic times. A 14-year-old survey respondent made this comment: “I like playing games but most of the games cost 50 dollars and up. If the library has games I could check out, I would save a whole lot of money.” Borrowing video games from the library also gives players a chance to test a game before making the decision on whether or not to purchase it.

Video games are played and enjoyed by people of all ages, and complement the rest of the library’s collections of entertaining items, such as books, music CDs and films. Our goal is to serve all residents of New Orleans by providing free educational and entertainment opportunities, and we strive to keep adapting our collection to match the needs of our evolving community.

The initial video game collection of 115 games will be housed on the 2nd floor of the Main Library, located at 219 Loyola Ave. in downtown New Orleans. However, you can request games be sent to your local NOPL branch for pick up. This can be done over the Internet at our website (, or by speaking with NOPL staff at your local library. All patrons ages 12 and older will be able to check out video games with a valid New Orleans Public Library Card, although some games will have age restrictions on them. You can start borrowing and requesting video games from New Orleans Public Library on Monday, November 16.

Gaming Night Flyer here:

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