The original Central Library building, located on St. Clair Street, was completed in October, 1917. Designed by Paul Cret and built in the Greek Doric style, it was considered one of the most outstanding architectural library structures in the United States. Fittingly, its exterior is of Indiana limestone built on a base of Vermont marble, with carved stone cornices adding to its beauty. The Library has gone through a major expansion and blends contemporary design in the Atrium with traditional architecture in the Simon Reading Room.
Today, the Central Library is home to valuable community resources and unique spaces for special events.
Atrium: 500 sit-down; 700 stand up reception
East Garden: 250 sit down; 120 stand up reception
Special Collections Room: 90 sit down; 120 stand up reception
Simon Reading Room: 250 sit down; 200 stand up reception
West Reading Rooms: 250 sit down; 100 stand up reception
40 East St. Clair Street