The Downtown Destination Campaign will reposition the Main Library as a center of activity and learning in the 21st century, connect it to surrounding downtown development projects, and attract residents, downtown workers, tourists, and visitors to its newly reorganized interior and more welcoming exterior. The CPL board gave unanimous support to the first phase consolidating public access computers into Tech Central, which will total nearly $1.2 million of the total $12 million redevelopment.
CPL’s revitalization includes several phases of development, including:
- The lower level of the Louis Stokes Wing of the Main Library will become “Tech Central,” where patrons and visitors will find all of the library’s computers and latest technologies in one central space, with expert staff on hand to help patrons make the most of technology.
- All of the popular collections, CDs, and foreign literature will relocate to the first floor. Brett Hall will become the heart of the transformation with new displays that highlight the rare and special collections that have made the library a popular destination for people throughout the world. It will also become active space for community events.
- A new indoor garden, like the popular Eastman Garden outside, becomes a new addition on the first floor flanked by the gift shop and space for tech instruction.
The Downtown Destination Campaign will also focus on creating “Centers” for family and children’s discovery, sports research, and career connections.
CPL’s Downtown Destination Campaign will give downtown visitors a place to explore, relax, read, connect to the world, see a new exhibit, attend a special event, and so much more. It will connect an admired historic building to the exciting work of the Group Plan Commission, which is actively engaged in uniting $1.5 billion of downtown development into a seamless, interconnected array of attractions.
Background for Downtown Destination
At the beginning of 2010, the Administrative Team proposed a reconfiguration plan for the Main Library that would reduce the cost of operation, enhance public service, make the Main Library a destination experience, and strengthen the Main Library’s research reputation and services. As the plan involved the redesign of selected floors and departments in the historic Main Library Building and the Louis Stokes Wing, the professional services of an architectural firm were needed. In compliance with the procedures set forth in Ohio Revised Code, the Library selected Bostwick Design Partnership for the project.
The first step for the architectural firm was to define the scope of the project. The Board of Library Trustees asked that the firm report back to them by year’s end with a study detailing how the project could be broken into distinct phases over time, with estimated costs for each phase of the work. The report and corresponding slide presentation were presented at the Finance Committee Meeting of the Board on December 14, 2010. The report will be used for budgetary and planning purposes, and to solicit private funding for the work. The phased approach will allow the Board to treat the Project as a series of sub-projects. Work will proceed from sub-project to sub-project as funding is secured.