May 24, 2022

Take a Peek Inside the $70 Million Refurbished St. Louis Central Library, Set to Open Later This Week

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From a St. Louis Biz Journal Story:

The Central Library, 1301 Olive St., closed in June 2010, when 4 million items were relocated to a storage facility as construction began on a $70 million rehab and upgrade. The library will reopen Sunday, Dec. 9.


When the library reopens, the 200,000-square-foot building will have 83 percent more public space, including a seven-story stack tower that has been remade into a glass atrium and new, energy-efficient light sources. But while several features will be new to the library, a few of the building’s historic flourishes will remain the same, albeit restored with new paint or varnish.


Other highlights include: the Center for the Reader, a new 250-seat auditorium, expanded children’s and teen areas, a fully restored foyer, historic rooms and plazas, computer center and a café.

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See Also: New St. Louis Central Library Overview Video

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