325 Michigan Street
Toledo, Ohio 43604
Welcome to Main Library
Main Library Manager
Welcome! In addition to serving the downtown neighborhood, we are the flagship and central resource for the whole system. Our expert staff has deep expertise to help you with researching your current hot topic, finding a good book to read and helping you navigate technology.
Come for the information and be inspired by the amazing spaces in which you can relax, take a class, or do some work.
We’re here for every stage of your life – what do you need today?
Main Library Departments
Business & Workforce
available by appointment
Maybe you want to follow your life's passion. Maybe you see a business need in your community. Our expert staff is ready to help you:
- Learn about the business you're interested in
- Know your competition
- Define your overall goals
- Create a business plan
We also have dozens of great business research tools and materials that you can access for free with your Library card. Need help getting started? To make an appointment or for more information about Business & Workforce, email Manager David Topoleski.
Saloff Children's Library
and Teen space
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
Located on the first floor, our new 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 children and teen spaces at Main Library, contact Manager Mary Rava Miller.
Computers & Media
on the first floor
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 Manager Terwase Ngur.
Make an appointment with our experts at Main Library:
Monday - Saturday, 1:30 - 4:30 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. To learn more about making at the Library, contact Assistant Manager Rebecca Ransberger.
Fact & Fiction
on the first floor
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.
Local History & Genealogy
on the third floor
Find resources and services offered through our Local History & Genealogy Department including digital collections and exhibits, obituaries, digitization services and our new Community Photo Album.
- 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!
Main Library Features
THE AMERICAN WOMAN & WORLD WAR II EXHIBIT
As hundreds-of-thousands of men were sent off to war in 1942, women were called to action. As they entered factories, enlisted in the military, and undertook positions that ensured the safety of both the American people and its economy, the country’s perception of the American woman began to change. This exhibit highlights the monumental roles that women played in World War II, on both the national and local front, through an array of photos, periodicals, and documents from the Library's collection.
Exhibit located in the Fact and Fiction Department at Main Library and viewable during Library hours listed at the top of this page.
Steinem Sisters Collection
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. Read a statement from the Steinem Sisters Advisory Board.
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Passport services available by appointment only. Call 419.259.5200 for a Main Library appointment. Call 419.882.2089 for a Sylvania Branch appointment.
We are a full service Passport Acceptance Agency. We can assist with forms and file the paperwork with the Department of State. At this time, we can not take your photograph. Use our checklist below to ensure you have everything you need for your appointment.
Passport services available by appointment at:
Monday – Thursday 10 a.m – 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.Learn More
Sarnies at the Library
Service at Sarnies is suspended due to decreased dining demand. We hope to welcome them back when more people are dining out again.
Staff and History
Main Library Managers
History & Renovation
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.