In 2012, Lincoln City Libraries embarked on a process to create a new vision for the Main Library and the community it serves. The Library Board of Trustees engaged the services of Sinclair Hille Architects of Lincoln together with Meyer Scherer Rockcastle Architects of Minneapolis, and their library consultant Susan Kent to assist with creating this new vision. After months of study and information gathering, including online surveys, one-on-one interviews, and community meetings, the “Main Library Vision and Concept Study” was completed and presented to the Library Board at its July 17, 2012, meeting along with recommendations from the consultants. The Board had considerable discussion at various junctures about the study and the project team’s recommendation that Lincoln City Libraries locate its new Main Library on the site of the existing Pershing Center. At its August 21, 2012, meeting, the Library Board directed Library staff to submit a proposal for use of the Pershing site, in response to the Invitation for Redevelopment Proposals put forward by the City Urban Development department.
Downtown Library Development Committee Executive Summary
Main Library Concept Study - Electronic Presentation
2012 Public Online Survey Results:
Synopsis | All Responses | Limited to Bennett Martin Public Library Customer Responses
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Other New Libraries Being Built and/or Planned
The links listed on this page help to inform Trustees and others about Main Libraries in other cities, library services throughout the United States and the world, and a variety of topics that relate to the Main Library Vision and Concept Study.
Library Journal's New Landmark Libraries
Buffalo and Erie County Public Library
Madison Central Public Library
Salt Lake City Public Library
San Diego Public Library
University of Chicago
Library of Birmingham (UK):
Helsinki Public Library (Finland): Building a new central library scheduled to open in 2017
Aarhus Public Library (Denmark): Urban Mediaspace (central library) scheduled to open in 2014
Innovative Spaces and Services
Chicago Public Library (Teen Center)