There are 5 key reasons:
Design: Our current Library was designed for books and materials. Libraries of today and tomorrow are designed for people. In addition to print and digital resources, the new Main Library will be flexible to meet demand for public co-working, gatherings, and specialized use.
Catalyst: The new Library will be an anchor element of the North Tryon Vision Plan and a catalyst for further development.
Infrastructure: Currently insufficient for today’s technology. Our current Main Library was built in 1956 and expanded in the 1980s.
Efficiency: By relocating operational functions to an offsite service center, the uptown location can maximize public-facing space.
Cost: A comparison of new construction and renovation costs by Rodgers Builders determined new construction is most cost-effective. The corner of Sixth and Tryon Streets has been home to a Library for over a century – the location is historically significant, but the current building is not.
And – the residents, uptown working population and visitors to this region deserve a welcoming, inclusive destination that inspires curiosity and facilitates connection and participation by all.