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We have new software for managing our programs, classes, and events. If you have an old bookmark make sure to update it by following the links on our Events Page

Main Library

325 Michigan Street
Toledo, Ohio 43604

Hours

Sunday 1 - 5 p.m. (September - May only)
Monday 9 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Features

Internet Access

125 public computers

32 children's computers/9 teen computers

Free Wifi

Meeting Space

300 on-site parking spots with 6 handicapped accessible parking spots. Free parking on weekends during regular library hours.

The McMaster Family Center for Lifelong Learning/handicapped accessible/Capacity: 312

The McMaster Family Center for Lifelong Learning LOBBY/handicapped accessible/Capacity: Seated-80, Standing-200

Huntington Meeting Room/Capacity: Seated (2 sides)-200, Seated (1 side)-75 

Conference Meeting Rooms/handicapped accessible/Capacity: 8


Self-services

Faxing, copying, and scanning

Underground Parking

Monday-Friday 1st hour is free - 50 cents per half hour after that - $6. max

Saturday and Sunday - FREE

Upcoming Events at Main Library View All

Saturday Chess Players

Saturday, March 25
at 9:30am

Location: Main Library

Chess - it’s the ultimate strategy game. Every Saturday you can stop in to play a game or maybe learn some new techniques to up your game. We’ll be set up by the Teen area on the Main Floor of Main Library. All ages and all skill levels are welcome, so come to learn or share your knowledge of one...

Event Details

College Choice Game

Saturday, March 25
at 2:00pm

Location: Main Library

We've taken all the tasks you have to manage to make a college education affordable and turned them into a game to play. It's learning by doing - will you be able to navigate the maze to a successful end? Ages 13-18

Event Details

Homework Helper

Monday, March 27
at 4:00pm

Location: Main Library

Our Homework Helper is here through the end of May to help you with your school assignments. This program is provided through the generous support of the Library Legacy Foundation. Note, there will be no homework help when school is not in session.

Event Details

Meeting Spaces

Each branch of the Toledo Lucas County Public Library is home to a public meeting room that is available free of charge. These rooms, in fulfillment of our mission are available for educational, instructional, or civic programs when library programs are not scheduled. 

To request a room, call 419.259.5200.

history

The Toledo Lucas County Public Library dates back to 1838, making it the first public library funded by tax dollars in the state of Ohio. Main Library has stood as a downtown landmark since it opened on September 5, 1940. Welcoming more than a half-a-million visitors a year who check out nearly one million items, Main Library is home to 1.2 million books, CDs, videos, DVDs and reference materials. It is the fourth largest public library collection in the state of Ohio. In August of 2001, a 271,000 square foot, $45.1 million renovation and expansion to Main Library was unveiled, opening one of the most technologically advanced public libraries in America.

creativity lab:

The Susan M. Savage Family Place

Children’s Library is home to our new 2,775 square foot creativity lab. This fun, interactive space was specially designed for kids, tweens, and families.

Featuring

  • A “maker space” for making crafts, reassembling mechanical and digital devices, or even writing simple code.
  • Movable seating and tables for hands-on workshops and classes.
  • A demonstration kitchen to learn about healthy cooking, scientific experimentation, math play, and other activities.
  • A production space equipped with tools -- including a die cutting machine, paper cutter and laminator - that will enable teachers, parents, and older students to prepare study aids and more.

Daily themed activities are available after school and on the weekends.

3D printing

Use our MakerBOT 5th Generation 3D Printer to bring your school projects to life, or to produce something for fun or utility! Learn more about Tinkercad, one of the programs used to design and create 3D pieces.

Federal Depository Library Program

TLCPL is part of the Federal Depository Library Program which is made available for FREE public use in Federal depository libraries location throughout the United States and its territories.

Classics Gift Shop

Classics Gift Shop has a wide array of gently-used books, gifts, and cards. All proceeds from the gift shop, which is operated by volunteers, benefit the Library. Main Library’s gift shop features hundreds of used books, candles, garden stakes, jewelry, scarves, men’s ties, gourmet chocolates, and seasonal gifts.

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Library Café

Make Main Library a destination for lunch. With weekly specials every day, Main Library mixes up ordinary lunch with some serious flavor like buffalo chicken pizza or Mexican lasagna. 

Cafe Hours:

  • Monday & Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday - Saturday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Main Library Manager

Meg Delaney

419.259.5333
Email Meg

Business Technology Library Manager

David Topoleski

419.259.5209
Email David

Children's Library Manager

Mary Rava Miller

419.259.5231
Email Mary

Humanities Library Manager

Erin Connolly

419.259.5218
Email Erin

Local History and Genealogy Library Manager

Jill Clever

419.259.5233
Email Jill

Popular/Teen Library Manager

Tracy Montri

419.259.5285
Email Tracy

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