Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library Renovation Updates

Exterior photograph of the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library


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.

Designer: Handprint Architecture
General Contractor: Interlock Construction 

Renovation project 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.

Blair-Caldwell Renovation Fact Sheet | Hoja Informativa de Renovación de Blair-Caldwell

Renovation background info, public engagement and history

First floor renovation renderings

Digital rendering of newly renovated library interiorDigital rendering of renovation inside the main area of the first floorDigital rendering of alternate angle of interior renovations in main library area on first floor.

Renovation will include public art that features local artist Sam McNeil (Superior Ironworks+)

Photograph of artist Sam McNeil sitting on stairs on exterior of brick building.

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