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Introducing the New Main Library! Campus 

Following years of community outreach, the Initial design concepts have been released by Safdie Architects. Open houses for public input will be July 16-20th at a library branch location near you. Join us!





Home to a new 21st-century Main Library, Center for Arts & History, and shared event space, Boise’s library campus will serve as a public center for knowledge, culture, and ideas. It will be 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.

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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—a public center for knowledge, culture, and ideas in Boise, physically linking the city’s cultural, natural/recreational, and educational resources (the Cultural District, Boise State University Campus, Boise River, Greenbelt and Julia Davis Park).
  4. Develop an ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY facility that meets city energy goals, and demonstrates a commitment to community health and public involvement.

Collective Mission

The Boise Public Library and Boise City Department of Arts & History both serve the public on a daily basis, each striving to improve and enhance the quality of life for Boise citizens by:

  • Inspiring Lifelong Learning and Discovery
  • Cultivating Creativity
  • Supporting Economic Development
  • Providing Opportunity for Connection
  • Celebrating Boise’s Community and Cultural Identity
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Public Process

The Main Library has been a fixture to Boise for many years. Because of this, we want to ensure citizens of Boise are given an opportunity to view the concepts, ask questions and provide their feedback. This will be accomplished by conducting a series of open houses.


Building Program & Community Visioning Report

Get detailed information on the initial building program and community workshops that informed the project Vision and Goals.


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!


Giving Opportunities

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