The Main Library in Downtown Dayton, as part of the $187 million system-wide building project, was being renovated and expanded at the existing location in Cooper Park. The renovation also created a new underground parking area for patrons on the lower levels of the building.
Moving “behind-the-scenes” staff functions such as Collection Development and IT to an offsite operations center has created a significant gain in public space at the Main Library possible. The current public space has now increased from 28,000 SF to 100,000 SF.
Key features include:
- Easy access to new and popular materials on the first floor and improved browsing throughout
- An enclosed quiet reading room and two comfortable reading areas with park views
- Enhanced technology including more public computers, a computer lab, and convenient, upgraded power and Wi-Fi connectivity
- An exciting and creative children’s program room, story corner, and enclosed outdoor area
- Teen room designed for homework, gaming, activities, and gathering
- Flexible spaces for innovative library and community programs and partnerships
- Auditorium and Theatre
- Tutoring, group study, and audiovisual suites
- Coffee Bar/Café