Main Library has free, covered parking in an attached parking garage. Enter the parking garage from Adams Street and go down the ramp.
Parking garage height limit: 7 ft. 6 in.
Once you park, enter Main Library through the automatic sliding doors to reach our garage-level hallway and proceed to the stairs or elevator.
For busses or vans over the parking garage height limit: please drop off your guests at the front entrance off Michigan Avenue. Then proceed to park your vehicle by turning right at the light onto Madison Ave. and parking along the cut-out on the street, vehicles can utilize 11th St. in the event of multiple busses or vans.
Individuals and small groups can book meeting rooms at Main Library. These free spaces are available to request for meetings more than 30 days in advance and for community groups to use up to 12 times per year. Please review our Meeting Room Policy.
The McMaster Family Center for Lifelong Learning offers a theater or lecture style experience for your meeting, speaking event or presentation and seats up to 312.
The McMaster Lobby is connected to the McMaster Center and is an ideal space for networking events and more. This open floor place space overlooks the first floor of Main Library and can hold between 100 to 200.
Large Glass Meeting Room
Find our new Large Glass Meeting Room and Gathering Space among our Fact & Fiction collection on the first floor of Main Library. The meeting room is an open space that can be designed in many ways to accommodate a diverse range of uses and can hold up to 214.
Large Glass Annex
The Annex is an open air area perfect for networking events and can hold up to 128.
Located on the third floor, you’ll find resources and services offered through our Local History and Genealogy Department including digital collections and exhibits, obituaries, newspapers, other genealogy records, and digitization services.
Email our Local History & Genealogy Department or call 419.259.5200 to start learning and researching today! For more details contact Manager Jill Clever, or call 419.259.5233.
Located on the second floor, our Saloff Children’s Library is the perfect place to bring young ones for fun, learning, and play! Enjoy features like the Rainbow Fish Tank, the Mystery Wall, and explore signature areas including:
The Susan M. Savage Family Place: Creativity Lab
The Dorothy Louise Kyler Foundation Children’s Computer Center
The Joseph and Judith Conda Family School Readiness Room
ProMedica Picture Book Room
Jennifer Fisher Nancy Drew Collection
For more information about our children’s space at Main Library, contact Manager Mary Rava Miller or call 419.259.5231.
Let our staff help you find funding, start a nonprofit, research prospective donors, and develop a strategic or fundraising plan. We have the expertise and tools to help you: learn about the business you’re interested in; know your competition; define your goals; and create a business plan. Learn more here.
The Steinem Sisters Collection is a feminist collection that explores the lives and achievements of women. Created to honor Gloria Steinem, the collection champions the historical, cultural and political contribution of women. The collection strives to provide a welcoming space for women of all walks of life to share their truths. The types of materials we collect are “feminist materials” – which are materials that uphold women’s rights and interests in defining and promoting political, economic, personal and social equality of the sexes. This collection was possible due to a generous donation by The Steinem’s Sisters Collective.
The Library selects displays to share a variety of artistic mediums, styles, and points of view within the community. Art to be displayed should adhere to local community standards and be appropriate for both youth and adult audiences. Please note—we receive far more submissions than our modest spaces allow.