"Library Patronage Zooms"

New Orleans Public Library's director, John Hall Jacobs, poses in front of a new innovation for the library system: a drive-up book drop! "All-time records were established in 1955 for ciruculation (1,231,750), reference and the purchase of books," the report says. Circulation nearly doubled during the "Decade of Progress," and five new branches were acquired: the Smith Branch, the Broadmoor Branch, the Gentilly Branch, the Latter Branch, and the Nora Navra Branch. The Annual Report also contains a double page spread on plans for the new Main Library on Loyola Avenue, which would open to the public in late 1958.