October 13 & 14
On April 29, 1986, an arson fire devastated Central Library, damaging the building and destroying parts of its vast collection. Months later, a second fire did even more damage. While renovation and expansion plans were already in the works, the tragic events galvanized the public and cemented the devotion of an already dedicated staff.
On October 3, 1993, Central Library re-opened its doors to a jubilant city, and 25 years later Central Library still fulfills its promise as a “light of learning.” Join us for a weekend celebrating the 25th anniversary of the re-opening of the renovated and expanded Central Library.
From Our Blog
Stories about the history, art and architecture of Central Library.
Promotional videos from the Save the Books campaign.
The Library Book
Author Susan Orlean kicks off the national tour for her highly anticipated new book.
Books about the history, art, architecture, and collections of Central Library.