Central Library Building Features
With a square footage of 292,183, the Central Library has ample space for its extensive collections, allowing librarians to bring important materials out of permanent storage and make them available for patrons' use. The patron-friendly building enables visitors to quickly find library resources.
A multitude of audiences will assemble to hear, see, and share a wide variety of cultural, educational, recreational, and literary experiences in the new Library's 350-seat auditorium. Here, the Library will showcase lectures and live performances, complementing the mayor's cultural tourism initiative.
The Learning Curve
Children and their families can visit "The Curve" to develop the interpretive and critical thinking skills needed to gain a deeper understanding and knowledge of the information world.
A new model that will promote learning, academic performance, and workforce preparation among young people, The Curve will incorporate the best practices of libraries, museums, and classrooms to offer children, dynamic, engaging, and challenging learning opportunities.
Individuals and organizations are able to access the Library's many spaces to meet their special event needs. Three meeting spaces are available, in addition to a new auditorium that has a seating capacity of 329.
For meetings and events, patrons can reserve the Goodrich Houk Meeting Room (seating for 45), the Knall Meeting Room (seating for 60) and the Riley Meeting Room (seating for 100). These meeting rooms, located on the second floor of the new Central Library addition on the north side of The Learning Curve, are available for meetings or events during Central Library's hours of operation. They also may be used for special after-hours events.
Meeting room reservations can be booked by calling 275-4020.
Atrium & Café
Graced by curved steel arches, the Atrium houses the Library's information and circulation desks, along with an exhibition area, café, comfortable seating and four self-check stations.
The Atrium also offers a copy machine, change machine, pay machine for the parking garage, and 12 computer terminals that provide quick access to the Library's collection.
As with other areas of the new Central Library, the Atrium is available for individuals or organizations to rent for private functions.
A technology-rich library is essential for today's information seekers; more and more vital information sources are now available electronically. Patrons will enjoy using the new facility's over 300 public computers and a Computer Training Lab that will host training and classes throughout the year.
The new Central Library gives patrons an opportunity to learn or brush up on any of six languages in the Central Library Language Lab. (Spanish, English (ESL), French, German, Italian, Dutch)
Six computers are available in the Language Lab located on the north side of the 4th floor of the new Central Library. Tutors in language learning will find this program useful and may call ahead to reserve stations in the Lab.
The Language Lab is open during Central Library's regular operating hours.
Computer Training Lab
Patrons can receive hands-on instruction on the latest word processing applications and online services in Central Library's new Computer Training Lab, located on the first floor of the six-story addition. Adjacent to the public Computer Lab, the Computer Training Lab has 12 computers to be used for classes and programs.
The Computer Training Lab will specialize in providing personal assistance from library staff and opportunities for patrons to use what they learn immediately.
Assistive Technology Room
Located on the third floor, the Assistive Technology Room provides equipment that will enhance the library experience for patrons with disabilities. This room includes CCTV and a specially designed workstation offers a variety of features intended to help patrons with mobility, visual, and learning disabilities. Additional assistive services include baskets and carts, handheld magnifiers and magnicams.
Please see a staff member at the 3rd floor information desk for assistance with the room or other assistive services.
Central Library offers computers with free Internet access and Microsoft Office applications. Hours for the computer lab are the same as library hours.
The Computer Lab offers patrons assistance on a variety of topics. Whether creating a resume, setting up an email account or searching for a job, library staff will assist patrons on an informal walk-in basis, or through hands-on instructional classes. Training classes will cover a variety of subjects at various levels of expertise.
In addition to the wonderful new addition and atrium in the New Central Library, extensive restoration was performed on the Cret Building, including the three main reading rooms: