New Main Library


Originally built as a hardware warehouse in the 1940s, the current Main Library was converted to a library in 1973. With increased attendance and program participation, the building no longer meets the needs of a growing population or keeps pace with the ever-evolving programming, technology and services of a modern-day library.

21st Century Library Features

To keep pace with evolving library practice and meet the needs of a growing population, the new Main Library will be built on access, innovation, and knowledge acquisition and application.

  • A Gathering Space connecting each facility with shared café, retail, and programming opportunities.
  • An Automatic Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) will expand the library collection using a fraction of the space needed for traditional storage.
  • Maker Labs and smaller Maker Pods to launch new ideas that fuel innovation in Boise’s local economy.
  • High-tech and high-touch technology experiences. 

Community Value: More than Books…

  • Lifelong Learning Opportunities
  • Career Assistance
  • Wi-Fi and Internet Access
  • Small Business Resources


  • Emerging Technologies: Tools & Training
  • Free Public Meetings Rooms 
  • Entertainment including Movies, Music & More


By the Numbers: A Day at the Main Library

The American Library Association holds a “snapshot” day each year during National Library Week. The following results are from April 11, 2018:

758 - Reference Questions
441 - People Attended Programs
251 - Meeting Rooms Used 
736 - People Accessed Computers
1 - Job Seeker Helped
5 - Library Tours
5,349 - Library Visits
2,657 - People Accessed the Internet on Their Own Devices

5 - Students Helped with Homework
74 - People Attended Outreach Events
5,496 - Items Circulated
5.5 - Volunteer / Service Hours
128 - People Taught Computer/Device/Internet Skills
3 - Classes Attended 
516 - Unique Searches in Research Databases
48 - Library Cards Issued or Borrowers Registered

Contact Us

Phone: (208) 972-8200
Telecirc: (208) 384-4450
TTY: 1-800-377-3529

Director: Kevin Booe

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