Main Library's Second Town Hall

On Feb 12, 2018 about 75 members of the public - plus Library employees and board members - participated in the second of a series of Town Hall-style meetings about the future of Main Library. 

At the first Town Hall, Library leaders and the architect team unveiled the vision for a new “public commons” to empower and inspire our community and contribute to civic life. The Library and its team of consultants and architects heard feedback from the community at that first meeting, and used it to begin envisioning what kinds of spaces would support that vision. 

In the second Town Hall, members of the community were invited to respond to that work, including some of the emerging "big ideas" for programs, services, and events at Main Library and the kinds of spaces that could support those activities. The Library heard feedback on these ideas through small group activities facilitated by the architect team. Participants represented a diversity of ages, backgrounds and areas of the community. 

Overall, the response was very positive and the audience very engaged. Participants shared their desire for more working and collaboration spaces, as well as food options, but also encouraged the Library to "not forget about the books."

In January 2018, more than 1,800 community members participated in a online survey for Library users and non-users. In the months to come, the architect team will take all of this feedback and develop a conceptual design to be shared with the community in Summer of 2018.