BUILDING COMMUNITY

ONE LIBRARY | ONE LOUISVILLE
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN
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MAIN

$11.1 MILLION TOTAL COST

PROJECTED COMPLETION: FALL 2025

MAIN

$11.1 MILLION TOTAL COST

PROJECTED COMPLETION: FALL 2024

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS: STUDY ROOMS | MAKER SPACE

The Main Library is the heart of downtown Louisville and a steadfast pillar of knowledge and connection, welcoming more than 400,000 visitors annually.

However, the aging library needs to reflect its role as one of the busiest libraries in the state. Established in 1906, the original design of the grand Carnegie Library presents significant accessibility challenges. Large portions of the building remain unusable, including the entire third floor, which closed in 2019 due to budget cuts.

Renovations will address these challenges and transform the first floor to include meeting rooms, rotating displays, and the potential for a maker space with recording booths for podcasting and music recording. The third floor will reopen to the public and include an enhanced Kentucky History Room, the library’s book collection, and study rooms. With these changes, the Main Library will symbolize Louisville’s aspirations and shape the future of the downtown area.

MAIN BY THE NUMBERS

SERVICE AREA
49,380 Households – 3 mile radius

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME
$77,040

CHILDREN ENROLLED IN SCHOOL
27,208

HOUSEHOLDS WITHOUT INTERNET
3,548

SERVICE AREA
49,380 Households – 3 mile radius

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME
$77,040

CHILDREN ENROLLED IN SCHOOL
27,208

HOUSEHOLDS WITHOUT INTERNET
3,548

PROJECTED PATRONS
SERVED ANNUALLY AFTER COMPLETION:
400,000+

DOOR COUNT
40,000 visits

CIRCULATION
25,000 items

PROGRAM ATTENDANCE
4,000

COMPUTER SESSIONS
15,000 sessions

The Main Library has been a destination place in downtown Louisville since it opened its doors in 1908. As our city continues to grow and change, so too does the Library. With this investment, our Main Library will remain a vibrant hub of ideas, information, and social engagement for generations to come.
Lee Burchfield
Library Director

PORTLAND UPDATES

PORTLAND GROUNDBREAKING

With shovels in hand, Mayor Greg Fischer, Library Director Lee Burchfield, District 5 Councilwoman Donna Purvis, representatives from the Library Foundation, and members of the community officially broke ground on September 6, 2022 on the much-anticipated expansion of the Portland Library.

THE TIME IS NOW

While this pivotal moment for Louisville is driven by an unprecedented influx of state and public dollars, we are not done yet. Help make this historical branch more accessible to all! 

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