The Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library closed for renovations on May 28, 2022 with plans to reopen in early 2023. Holds placed prior to the closure can be picked up at the Ford-Warren Branch Library. Please be aware that all services at the branch will be unavailable during this time, including collections, phone lines, and the book drop.
The archives and book collection are available in the 1st floor Special Collections Reading Room at the Central Library.
Renovation construction includes:
- First-floor renovation incorporating a new teen space
- Reimagined children's area
- New study rooms with amenities
- Relocation of the circulation desk and new book drop
- New public art installed on the first floor, which will feature the work of a local artist Sam McNeil
Additional project renovation includes: landscaping, sidewalks and parking lots; improved heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems; updated access controls, ADA compliance, life safety systems & surveillance, electrical, lighting, power and communication systems, IT, signage & wayfinding; and interior finish, furniture, and fixture refreshes to the restrooms, conference and community rooms, children’s area, staff room, and book return.
Designer: Handprint Architecture
First floor renovation renderings
Renovation will include public art that features local artist Sam McNeil (Superior Ironworks+)