New Main Library

Mission & Values

The Boise Public Library improves community members' quality of life by supporting their efforts to enhance knowledge, realize creative potential, and share ideas and stories. We are committed to intellectual freedom, universal access, innovation, and providing a world class experience for all members of the community.


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.

Community Value: More than Books…

  • Lifelong Learning
  • Career assistance
  • Wi-Fi and internet access
  • Small business resources



  • Training on how to use technology
  • Free meetings rooms for the public
  • Movies and other media available


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.
  • Emerging technology experiences.

By the Numbers: Daily Use 

The American Library Association holds a “snapshot” day each year during National Library Week. The following are Main Library results 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
5349 - Library Visits
2657 - People Accessed the Internet on Their Own Devices

5 - Students Helped with Homework
74 - People Attended Outreach Events
5496 - 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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