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Main

325 Michigan St.,
Toledo, Ohio 43604
419.259.5200

M-Th: 9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
F-Sa: 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Holiday Hours

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ABOUT US:

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 of Main Library off Michigan Avenue. After dropping them off, to park your vehicle, turn right at the light onto Madison Ave. and park along the cut out on the street.

FREE, SELF-SERVE COMMUNITY ROOM SPACE
We’re happy to be a good neighbor by providing free self-serve community room space. (Self-serve means you may move furniture, but you will need to return room to original set-up. Technology support may be available.) Users of this space must agree to and follow the Library Community Room policy.

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Community Room Main Library’s Community Room provides a prime place to meet and collaborate, with the opportunity to offer expanded hours before or after Library hours, Monday – Saturday. It is located just a few steps from Main Library’s parking garage.

Before requesting the Community Room, please review our Meeting Room Policy. This free space is available to request for meetings more than 30 days in advance and for community groups to use up to 12 times per year.

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Work Space Looking to start or grow your small business? Need a space to create and work on your next project? Our Work Space offers individuals and organizations the opportunity to establish a home base for up to 3 months. There is also limited opportunity to use the Work Space outside of normal Library hours with approval.

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Meeting Rooms All of our Library locations offer free public meeting rooms. These rooms are available for educational, instructional or civic programs when available.

To Reserve a Room: Call the location directly or reserve a room online. Reservations are complete once you receive a response from Library staff. Before booking a meeting room, please review our Meeting Room Policy.

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FEE-BASED, RENTAL SPACES
Looking for more room? Or need to host a more private event? Consider one of the larger community room spaces at Main Library, including McMaster or our Large Glass Community Room.

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McMaster Center & Lobby
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. Rental of the McMaster Center begins at $440.

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. Rental of the Lobby begins at $293.

View the full pricing list and usage policy for Main Library rental spaces and equipment. For questions or to make a reservation by phone, call 419.259.5199.

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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. Rental of the glass meeting room begins at $343.

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The Gathering Space
The Gathering Space is an open air area perfect for networking events and can hold up to 128. Rental begins at $293. View the full pricing list and usage policy for Main Library rental spaces and equipment. For questions or to make a reservation by phone, call 419.259.5199.

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Check out your favorite movie, music album or TV show, use one of our public computers or attend a technology training in our new Teaching Lab. To learn more about Computers & Media, contact Eisha Hearn, or call 419.259.5285.

Make an appointment with our experts at Main Library:
Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Making and Studio Equipment:
Record your next hit at the Library! Our Main Library location features an incredible range of audio and video equipment, studio space, 3D and large format printers, Cricut machines and other great tools for making.

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Located on the first floor, the Fact & Fiction Department is here to help you find your next great read! With a large collection of books, magazines, historical periodicals, and government documents – we have something for everyone.

Our Librarians are also available for one-on-one consultations for in-depth reference and research questions. Email Fact.Fiction@toledolibrary.org to make an appointment.

To learn more about Fact & Fiction, email Manager Franco Vitella, or call 419.259.5311.

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.

  • The Blade Rare Book Room
  • Rogowski-Kaptur Labor History Room
  • Digitization lab

Email our Local History & Genealogy Department or call 419.259.5200 to start learning and researching today!

To learn more about the Local History & Genealogy Department, email Manager Jill Clever, or call 419.259.5233.

BROWSE LOCAL HISTORY

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 and 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 also have the expertise and tools to help you: learn about the business you’re interested in; know your competition; define your overall goals; and create a business plan. All Small Business and Nonprofit Support services.

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Located on the first floor, the teen space is a great place for junior high and high school students to hang out with friends, play video games, and grab the latest graphic novel or book series. For more information about our and teen space at Main Library, contact Manager Kim Penn or call 419.259.5297.

Now open for in-person shopping!

HOURS
(T) 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
(Th) 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
(Sa) 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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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; and strives to provide a welcoming space for women of all walks of life to share their truths. The types of materials we collect are first and foremost “feminist materials”- which are those materials that uphold women’s rights and interests in defining and promoting political, economic, personal and social equality of the sexes. This collection was made possible due to a generous donation by The Steinem’s Sisters Collective. 

Donate to the Steinem Sisters Collection Fund. 

Main Library has been a downtown Toledo landmark since it opened on September 5, 1940. Today, more than half-a-million visitors check out nearly one million items annually. In addition to a large collection of books, CDs, videos, DVDs and reference materials, Main Library offers ample community meeting spaces, the Blade Rare Book Room and the Creativity Lab: the Susan M. Savage Family Place.

In 2001, Main Library was expanded to 271,000-square feet. In 2019, it underwent its latest renovation which added making equipment, studio space, a cafe, gallery and store on the first floor, as well as additional meeting and work space on the parking level and first floor. The Children’s Library also received a substantial renovation to add more value to young Library customers.