At 540,000 square feet, the Downtown Main Library is the Library's "flagship" location, accounting for about half of the Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library's public space.
In December 2017, the Library Board of Trustees confirmed the desire to retain the North Building, and to have both buildings of the downtown Main Library re-envisioned to better meet customer needs. Improvement information is contained in the Central Planning Zone , opens a new windowFacility Master Plan Document.
In 2020, the following projects were completed: replacement of original boilers, upgrades to the cooling system, addition of a fire suppression system, and improvements to the electrical system, all in the South Building. Future projects include:
Skylight Waterproofing and Elevator Replacement
In 2021, the South Building atrium skylight is being waterproofed, and some of the elevators at the Downtown Main Library are due to be replaced.
Main Library Plaza Redesign & Interior Refresh
The plaza will be lowered to street level to create a safer and more welcoming entrance on Vine St., and portions of the interior of the library will receive a light renovation.
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