Central Library

Central Library

The Central Library serves as the major resource library for the system. It houses the major library departments, including: Customer Service, Central Reference, Special Collections, Youth Services, Document Delivery, Collection Maintenance, Library Outreach, and all of the Administrative departments.

Featured Activity at This Branch

Members from the Midwest Chamber Ensemble will play a concert in the beautiful Kirk Hall for all.  There will be chairs for those who wish to sit and listen, or you can enjoy it while you walk around.

This free concert will feature Franz Schubert's "Trout" Quintet, with a piano, violin, viola, cello, and string bass.
Date of Event: 
Saturday, April 8, 2017 12:00 pm

At this location


Click through for department hours and more information:

Services & Equipment

  • Computers: 48 for adults.
    H&R Block Business & Career Center: 8 desktops.
  • Wireless: All locations have free Wi-Fi wireless Internet access.
  • Video Conferencing Room
  • Study Rooms:
    2 rooms — accommodate 1 – 2 people
    1 room — accommodates 4 – 6 people
    1 room — for videoconferences, 1-2 people
    (4 hour limit Monday - Saturday, 1 hour limit Sunday; first-come, first-served.)
  • Meeting Rooms: 4 rooms
  • Special Event Spaces: 6 spaces
  • Accessible Entrance: Located on 10th Street, east of the main entrance

Visit our Central Library Space Rental page for more information about available spaces.


The Central Library parking garage is located directly west of the Central Library building on the northwest corner of 10th & Baltimore. The Community Bookshelf is a striking feature of the south wall of the Central Library's parking garage. It is open 7 days a week.

The cost to park is as follows:

  • Free for the first hour with validation from Library staff
  • $1 every 20 minutes (or portion thereof) after the first validated hour with a maximum charge per day of $8.
  • $4 after library hours
  • Free with validation from Library staff during library hours
  • $4 after library hours

Learn more about the Central Library's unique archictecture.