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The Library! Campus Project

While the need for a new Main Library has been a topic of discussion for over two decades, a series of feasibility studies and community visioning sessions conducted over the past several years have catalyzed this project in earnest. To keep Boise residents informed, and provide opportunities for public input throughout the course of this project, the City of Boise will be piloting a community engagement platform called coUrbanize. 

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An Evening with Moshe Safdie: Cultural Institutions as Community Catalysts

Friday, September 21, 2018
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
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Join Moshe Safdie, architect of the new Boise Library Campus, for a public lecture at JUMP. Safdie, winner of the 2015 AIA Gold Medal and the 2016 Cooper Hewitt Lifetime Achievement Award, is an architect, urban planner, educator, theorist, and author. Over a celebrated 50-year career, Safdie has explored the essential principles of socially responsible design through a distinct visual language. His humanistic philosophy on architecture and urbanism focuses on the design of the public realm.

Mark your calendar to join us as Safdie explores his humanistic philosophy of architecture and urbanism focusing on the design of the public realm and the impact his civic projects have had on communities around the world. Following, Pulitzer Prize-winning Boise author, Anthony Doerr will lead a question and answer session with Mr. Safdie. Boise residents are encouraged to submit questions about Mr. Safdie’s work over a celebrated 50-year career here.

Tickets to the event are no longer available, but a live stream will be available here.

Design Concepts





Boise’s Library Campus will serve as 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 — physically linking the city’s cultural, natural, recreational, and educational resources.

  4.  Develop a SUSTAINABLE facility that meets city energy goals, and demonstrates a commitment to community health and engagement.

Public Process

From July 16-23, the City of Boise hosted the first public input series for feedback on initial design concepts and the master plan for the campus project


Support This Project

Help us bring this vision to reality! Every donation helps.


What Will the New Campus Offer?

Not only will the new campus offer a 21st Library experience, but an event center and center for Arts and History as well.


Follow This Project!

To keep you up to date on this project, the City of Boise is piloting a new community engagement platform called coUrbanize. Follow along and you will receive:

  • Projects Updates through Opening Day
  • Community Events
  • Continued Opportunities to Share Feedback
  • Main Library Service Notifications ... and More!