Vision & Goals

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Home to a 21st-century new Main Library, and a Center for Arts & History and a shared event space, Boise’s library campus will serve as a public center for knowledge, culture, and ideas. It will be a gateway to the city, but also a gateway to our history, to new experiences, and to the ideas that shape our future. Its spaces and services, located in the heart of Boise’s Cultural District, will be available to anyone, yet distinct to our corner of the world.

Project Goals

  1. DESIGN a modern and innovative new Main Library, Boise Center for Arts & History, and shared event space that serves as an iconic gateway to the city of Boise.
  2. CREATE a public gathering space for Boiseans and a destination for out-of-town visitors. 
  3. Serve as a CONNECTION point – a public center for knowledge, culture, and ideas in Boise, physically linking the city’s cultural, natural/recreational, and educational resources (the Cultural District, Boise State University Campus, Boise River, Greenbelt, and Julia Davis Park). 
  4. Develop a SUSTAINABLE facility that meets city energy goals, and demonstrates a commitment to community health and engagement.

Library Campus

Facility Square Footage*

Total Building Area: 150,000 sq. ft. 
Plaza: 20,000 sq. ft.
Library: 115,000 sq. ft.
Center for Arts & History: 22,000 sq. ft.
Possible Event Space: 18,000 sq. ft.
* Approximate


An estimated $80-85M project split between Existing Public Funds, Long-term Financing and Philanthropy. 

Philanthropic Goal: $18M


The library currently has 102 parking spaces. The design goal includes parking for approximately 300.

To reach this goal, the project team is working on a combined solution that includes both on and off-site parking.


Contact Us

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

Director: Kevin Booe

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