Main Library to close for up to a year for renovation

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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Toledo's Main Library branch in downtown Toledo is about to undergo a nearly year-long renovation. But to do so, the Toledo Lucas County Public Library System says the downtown branch must be temporarily closed.

The closure will begin directly after Labor Day. It is expected to last 10 to 12 months. A library spokesperson says during that time, there will not be any public programming or services offered to customers. And leaders point out that the TLCPL will continue to serve the downtown community at six central city locations and 19 countywide locations.

According to a news release, the goal of the project is to transform key areas, including the first floor, the Children's Library and the entry off the parking garage.

Library leaders say that means there will be updates and increased technology resources for customers, expanded multi-function and meeting room spaces, a new location for the café, gallery and gift shop and the creation of innovative spaces that drive cultural, educational and economic development.

What about the workers?

Leaders say that the public service staff will relocate to different branches and placements and that there will not be any layoffs associated with this renovation.

A spokesperson says the library will be creating a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page and establish a presence on the library website to keep the community up-to-date on all developments.

For more information, click the "Library renovation project" link on this page.