Phase I of the Downtown Destination Initiative

With the help of the architectural firm of Bostwick Design Partnership, the Library began to realign the services it offers within its two primary downtown buildings to reflect a new financial reality and leverage the exciting changes taking place in downtown Cleveland. A reconfiguration of several key departments was designed to make the Library more approachable. Mindful of a shrinking budget, the Library sought to minimize its downtown footprint in an effort to reduce costs and better utilize space.

The Downtown Destination redevelopment initiative consists of multiple phases stretched over five years. In 2011 the Library Board committed to investing nearly $1.2 million to complete the first phase which will continue into mid 2012. As part of this initial phase, the lower level of the Louis Stokes Wing of the Main Library will become TechCentral.

To meet the growing need for electronic resources, the Library is consolidating its current computers and increasing capacity within TechCentral to include 120 computers. The Library is essentially creating a dedicated space where people can conveniently access information with the assistance of trained staff. | MORE »