Toledo Library Announces Renovation of Main Library

Daily Dose  |  03/06/2018 9:00 am

From the Toledo Lucas County Public Library

Main Library welcomes over a half million people through its doors each year and has established itself as the community anchor of a downtown Toledo enjoying not only revitalization, but a renaissance. As an institution that evolves and changes to fit the needs of the community, Main Library will launch an ambitious renovation in September 2018 that will transform key areas including the first floor, the Children’s Library and the Promenade (entry off the parking garage).

Key focuses of the project include:

  • Updating and increasing technology resources for customers
  • Expanding multi-function and meeting room spaces
  • Relocating café, gallery and gift shop for a better customer experience
  • Creating innovative spaces that drive cultural, educational and economic development

When evaluating such a project, we take our fiscal responsibility and commitment to customer service very seriously. In order to accomplish this renovation in the quickest, most cost effective, and safest manner possible, we have determined that Main Library will close to the public for the duration of the project. Everybody knows construction is complex and often unpredictable, and we want to proactively eliminate any inconvenience and frustration for staff and customers.

Closing Main Library to the public during the renovation:

  • Creates a significant cost reduction
  • Reduces the project duration from 16 months to 10 - 12 months
  • Reduces phasing complexity and the cost associated with shifting pathways, access and workspaces

Our plan:

  • Main Library will close to the public for renovations directly after Labor Day for 10 – 12 months
  • There will not be any public programming or services offered to customers at Main Library. TLCPL will continue to serve the downtown community at six central city locations and 19 countywide locations
  • Passport services will be available at Sylvania and a central city branch location to be determined
  • Main Library public service staff will relocate to different branches and placements. There will not be any layoffs associated with this renovation
  • Non-public service staff will remain in the Main Library
  • We will be creating a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page and establish a presence on the Library website to keep the community up-to-date on all developments

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