Main Library - Renovation

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It’s been nearly 20 years since Main Library has had a major renovation and the time has come for us to update this vital part of downtown Toledo to meet community needs. The renovation will transform key areas of the location including the first floor, the Children’s Library and the Promenade (entry off the parking garage). 


  • 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


Main Library will be closed to the public for approximately one year during the renovation process, which begins early September 2018. Closing Main Library during renovation will:

  • Reduce costs significantly
  • Reduce project duration
  • Eliminate potential public safety concerns


As the Library engages with community partners about this initiative and we move from design and development to construction, we will continue to update this FAQ information. There is also a link at the bottom of the page if you would like to submit a question that we haven't addressed.

When will Main Library be closed?
The renovation will begin just after Labor Day 2018 with an estimated reopening date of early September 2019.

What will happen to the collection of materials at Main Library?
The Library's general collection will stay in circulation throughout all of our locations. Materials will be requested online for customer pick up at requested location.

Can I pick up or return materials to Main Library during the renovation?
Customers will not be able to pick up materials, but may return materials during the renovation. 

What about Passport Services?
Passport Services will be available at our newly expanded Sylvania Branch and at one of our central city locations (to be determined). 

Will Local History materials be available?
We are developing solutions to this question and hope to have further details soon. Additionally, we continue to digitize many of our Local History materials. Visit our Local History page to access our digital collections.

How will you provide service to people who rely on Main Library?
The Library will be hosting community forums in April and May to define areas of specific concerns and to discuss possible solutions. We are already working with many community partners to identify alternatives to Library services. The forum dates will be posted as soon as they are confirmed.

How much will it cost?
The cost of construction will total approximately $8.6 million. Additional soft costs for technology and furnishings are an estimated 20 percent for an estimated grand total of $10.4 million. 

How does the Library select which locations are renovated?
Our 10 Year Master Facilities Plan is used to inform decisions around facilities that need renovations and updates. The plan prioritizes areas by condition, functionality and scale/scope of work needed.

Have more questions?
If you have additional questions or would like more information, please email