September 8, 2022 | From City of New Orleans


NEW ORLEANS — Mayor LaToya Cantrell today was joined by City of New Orleans Director of Capital Projects Vincent Smith, Director of the Office of Youth and Families Emily Wolff, Executive Director of the New Orleans Public Library (NOPL) Emily Painton, Executive Director of the Friends of NOPL Shannan Cvitanovic, and community members to celebrate the completion of American Disabilities Act (ADA) modifications to the Nix Library.  

“ADA compliance is something that this community wanted and deserved, and we as a City took notice and went straight to work to deliver accessibility for all,” said Mayor Cantrell. “These types of improvements demonstrate my administration’s commitment to creating a more inclusive City every step of the way as we continue to meet our people where they are to create a better quality of life for everyone.”  

“We are so excited to reopen Nix Library,” said Painton. “The Carrollton community has been so patient and deserves a Library that is open to all people. With our ADA upgrades, we are pleased to say that we are truly open to everyone.” 

“The Nix library is a small branch with a big heart and a big place in the lives of Carrollton residents,” said Cvitanovic. “I have heard firsthand from the public how much they have missed the pleasure of browsing the shelves and chatting with the staff. Friends of the New Orleans Public Library is looking forward to helping to support programming here as we do at branches across the library system.” 

The ADA-compliant modifications include the addition of a wheelchair lift at the building entrance and construction of a new restroom, at a total cost of $591,000. The project team includes architect Volume Zero and contractor MLM Construction.  

Under the Cantrell Administration, the City has invested more than $21 million in capital improvement projects in Council District A.  

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About Nix Library 

Almost a century ago, James, Ralph and John Nix donated their family’s lot at the corner of Willow Street and Carrollton Avenue to the City of New Orleans in order to build a library in memory of their parents. On Dec. 1, 1930, Nix Library opened its doors for use by the public. The Library provides the Carrollton neighborhood with a wide collection of books, music, movies, services, programs and so much more. 

About the New Orleans Public Library (NOPL) 

With origins dating back to 1843, the New Orleans Public Library has grown from a single French Quarter house with a few volumes into a city-wide system serving all of Orleans Parish with 15 locations throughout the City. The Library’s mission is to transform lives, enrich neighborhoods and preserve history. Access all that the Library has to offer at