Main Library: Renovation

Say Hello to More at Main Library

More Books

With access to titles throughout all of our locations and Ohio, we don't need the entire collection on display to get you the titles you want.

More Making

If you can dream it, you can create it at Main Library with our recording and editing suites, Cricut machines, 3D and large format printers, and more.

More Computers

Our computer workstations and classes were always full, so we're adding more of them to meet your needs.

More Meeting Spaces

Connect, gather and collaborate in the free Community Room, Work Space or 13 meeting rooms, plus quiet study spaces.

More Children's Library

We're bringing back favorites from our Children's Library including the Rainbow Fish Tank, Creativity Lab and Cadillac - while adding a new Nancy Drew Room, Mystery Wall and Seuss Wall.

More Experiences

Have lunch at Sarnies at the Library, shop at Art & Soul at the Library, and enjoy the new gallery - all steps away from our fabulous Fact & Fiction area.

More Environmentally Friendly

Our Earth is our home, and we've taken measures to be more protective of it with our Main Library renovation.

Lighting: We converted old fluorescent and metal halide lighting to LED.

Recycled Materials: We used carpet which is 66% post-industrial and 11% pre-consumer recycled content, installed acoustic ceiling tiles which are up to 87% recycled content, and regionally sources acoustic panels which are 73% pre-consumer recycled content. Finally, our new window shades are 100% recyclable and Living Building Challenge certified.

Green Roof: Our 26,000 square foot green roof improves storm water management, conserves energy, mitigates the urban heat island, reduces noise and air pollution and provides space for urban agriculture (and includes a 1/4 mile walking path).

Water Conservation: Our electrical water coolers inform users of the number of plastic water bottles saved from the landfill.

HVAC: Our two new HVAC units vary the system's capacity to match the loads for both cooling and heating.


The Main Library renovation maintained the integrity of the original building and kept key features like the Vitrolite intact. Heavy construction was done to more than half of the public footprint, which opened the space up to provide a welcoming environment that provides books and movies, collaboration, lifelong learning, circulation of materials and community engagement.

Highlights include:

  • Updated and increased technology resources for customers
  • Expanded multi-functional meeting room spaces
  • Relocated café, gallery and gift shop
  • New innovative spaces that drive cultural, educational and economic development


Thanks to all who participated in our three community forums where you shared your ideas about making this project as seamless as possible and ways to best use this important public facility in the future.

If you couldn’t attend, you can read summaries of each forum:

(W) May 2, 2018
Presentation with floor plans
Summary of audience discussion

(W) May 30, 2018
Participant worksheet
Summary of audience discussion

(Th) June 28, 2018
Draft plan for accommodating customers
Draft plan for animating spaces
Summary of audience discussion

Main Library Madhouse