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Downtown Library: The next 21st century library

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Downtown Library (DT) FAQ

Is the Downtown library closed?
The building where the DT library was is closed. However, the library has moved to a temporary location at 1078A W. Santa Fe in the West Santa Fe Plaza shopping center. The library will be in this temporary location while the new library building in downtown is under construction. This transition period will be much like what happened to Indian Creek.  

Did you sell the former Downtown Library building?
The city is working with a developer for a future building on the current DT library site.

What is the timeline for a new downtown library?
There are no firm dates at this point, but the current plan has the new building opening in approximately two years.

Where will a new downtown library be located? 
The new permanent downtown library will be located north of Santa Fe behind the park at the intersection of Santa Fe and Chestnut Street.

What will the new library in downtown be like? 
The plans call for much more space, the latest in technology and features such as a commons area for meeting friends, enjoying a book or catching up on business or school work.  A series of meeting rooms will provide space for business collaboration, club meetings, group study or even a place to work on a personal hobby or project.  And yes, materials to check out and take home whether that be the latest best seller or a recent movie. The new downtown library will also have plenty of public computers, printers and other self service equipment. 

Where can I find project updates? 
Updates will be posted right here on the library construction news page.   

Who can I talk to about the Downtown library project? 
Erin Vader, Interim Library Director, 913-971-6880 
Sara Eccles, DT Library Manager, 913-971-6832