Downtown Library

2024 Holiday Closures

All Library branch locations will be closed Wednesday, June 19th in observance of the Juneteenth holiday. 

Hours Of Operation

10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM


(208) 972-8200

Branch Manager: Heidi Lewis

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Downtown Construction Updates

Construction projects continue in and around the Downtown Library! Learn more and plan ahead for a smooth visit.

Construction projects are underway to bring the building into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as well as to address some of the building's maintenance needs. These investments ensure the Library is accessible and inviting to all! Please follow all guidance or warnings on site to ensure everyone's safety. 

The 3rd floor restrooms are currently closed for construction. There are temporary walls sealing off the area. Public restrooms can still be accessed on the 1st and 2nd floors during the closure.

Parking lot repair is officially in its final phase! This project involves patching current potholes and resurfacing the lot to create a smooth, clean experience for everyone. New lines will be painted for better visibility throughout the parking area.

To minimize disruptions, the repair project has been completed in phases, ensuring that 2/3 of the parking lot always remains open. On Wednesday, June 5, the final phase of the project will begin, causing a temporary closure of the outdoor book drop bins. Clear signage and traffic reroute will guide users to the open sections of the parking lot. Access to the book drop on the exterior of the building near the main entrance will remain open to accept returns 24/7 as well as curbside pickup services during business hours. 

We encourage people to explore alternative transportation options such as walking, buking, rolling, bussing, or carpooling. Additionally, we invite our users to engage with our other branches and digital resources, as well as to participate in off-site events.

A well-designed parking lot enhances the overall library experience, providing access for everyone. We're confident that the upgraded parking lot will contribute to a positive and enjoyable experience, reinforcing our commitment to serving the community.

We appreciate your understanding and support as we enhance the accessibility and integrity of our parking lot. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out. Thank you for being a valued member of our library community!

Projects happening around the library are impacting road and parking access in surrounding areas. 

Wassmuth Center for Human Rights Education Center. Construction has begun and will continue through spring of 2024. 8th Street will have limited vehicle and pedestrian access during the project so please be mindful of any detours. Learn more about the Wassmuth Center.

Ada County Highway District (ACHD) has several projects planned for Capitol Blvd. View one of their current concepts. Review additional updates on ACHD's website.

The Fulton Street improvements project will provide a variety of amenities and upgrades to benefit the downtown community. This project focuses on streetscape enhancements along the section between 9th Street and Capitol Boulevard, bringing about notable improvements to the area. During that time, parking will be limited and there may be detours when accessing the Library from that direction. Learn more about this project from CCDC Boise.

With construction projects happening both inside and outside of the Downtown Library, please make sure to plan your trip accordingly: 

  • Leave extra time to find parking and navigate closed roadways.
  • Walk, bike, or use alternative transportation if possible. 
  • Consider picking up your holds at one of our neighborhood branch locations. 
  • See if you qualify to access our Home-based Services.