Iroquois Branch

Iroquois Branch601 W. Woodlawn Avenue
Louisville, Kentucky 40215

(502) 574-1720

The Iroquois Library is part of the historic Beechmont Neighborhood in South Louisville and serves a diverse clientele, whose ethnic backgrounds vary widely. Iroquois Library features a computer learning center, community gallery, diverse collections & programs - including those designed for internationals- and bilingual staff (Spanish/English, Vietnamese/English and Arabic/English). (more...)

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Directions

There are five general approaches to the Iroquois Library: 1) New Cut Road or from Fairdale, 2) Taylor Boulevard, 3) Preston Highway, Bardstown Road, Other Points from the East, 4) Downtown, and 5) Dixie Highway.

From New Cut Road or from Fairdale - Turn right from New Cut Road onto Southern Parkway.  Continue on Southern Parkway to the first traffic light, which is Woodlawn Avenue.  Turn left onto Woodlawn Avenue.  The Iroquois Library is one block down on the right at the corner of 6th Street and Woodlawn Avenue.

From Taylor Blvd - Turn on either Bluegrass Avenue or Ashland Avenue toward Southern Parkway. Follow Bluegrass Avenue to  6th Street, turn left and go one block to Woodlawn Avenue. From Ashland Avenue, when reaching 6th Street, turn right, go one block. The Iroquois Library is at the corner of 6th Street and Woodlawn Avenue.

From Preston Hwy, Bardstown Rd, other points East - Go west on the Watterson Expressway (Interstate 264)  to the 3rd Street/Southern Parkway exit.  Go straight thru the traffic light at the bottom of the ramp.  Turn left at the next traffic light which is  Southern Parkway.  Follow Southern Parkway to Woodlawn Avenue and turn right. The Iroquois Library is one block down on the right at the corner of 6th Street & Woodlawn Avenue.

From downtown - Go south on 3rd Street, past the University of Louisville. Less than a mile south of U of L, the road forks: 3rd Street goes to the left, the straighter path becomes Southern Parkway.  Continue on Southern Parkway.  Two blocks south of the Watterson Expressway (Interstate 264), turn right onto Woodlawn Avenue.   The Iroquois Library is one block down on the right at the corner of 6th Street and Woodlawn Avenue.

From Dixie Hwy - Go east on the Watterson Expressway (Interstate 264) to the 3rd Street/Southern Parkway exit.   At the first light, turn right onto Southern Parkway.  Go two blocks, turn right on to Woodlawn Avenue. The Iroquois Library is one block down on the right, at the corner of 6th Street & Woodlawn Avenue.

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History

The Iroquois Library’s origin lies in its neighborhood’s demand for public library service.  An August 1938 fund drive, spearheaded by the Beechmont Civic Club, raised funds for construction and purchase of land for the Library.   Donors purchased certificates of ownership, issued in units of square inches, for the project.   The funds raised, when combined with the support of City officials and the resources of the Federal Works Progress Administration, led to the construction of the Library.  

The neighborhood’s effort is actually part of the structure, with a copy of the check, redeeming the square inch purchases, having been placed in a box within the cornerstone, which was laid on March 1, 1939.

The Iroquois Library remains an anchor in its community, adapting over time and now serving as the hub of the Library system’s work with the International community, which began in earnest in 2003.

Our staff invites you to visit our branch and become a part of our community.

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Last Updated: 03/21/2014