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Central Library Project


The Lincoln City Libraries Board of Trustees has taken the position that Lincoln needs a new Central Library to replace the existing Bennett Martin Public Library. We welcome your comments.

Library Board’s Position Statement

Why Lincoln Needs a New Downtown Library

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions most often asked as people learn more about the Central Library project

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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 central libraries in other cities, library services throughout the United States and the world, and a variety of topics that relate to the Central Library Vision and Concept Study. Photos of some of these libraries are available on our Central Library Project Board on Pinterest.

United States and Canada:

American Institute of Architects / American Library Association 2017 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards

American Institute of Architects / American Library Association 2016 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards

American Institute of Architects / American Library Association 2015 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards

Library Journal’s New Landmark Libraries, 2016 (academic libraries)

Library Journal’s New Landmark Libraries, 2015

Ames, Iowa Public Library

Austin Public Library (in construction)

Buffalo and Erie County Public Library

Buffalo and Erie County Public Library Central Library Building Concept

Calgary, Alberta, Canada (in construction)

Cedar Rapids Public Library

Dayton Metro Library
     Dayton Daily News (August 1, 2017) article about opening

Do Space

Enoch Pratt Free Library

Madison Central Public Library

Salt Lake City Public Library

San Diego Public Library

University of Chicago

Washington, D.C. (Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library)

Wichita Public Library (in construction)


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)

Innovative Spaces and Services

Chicago Public Library (Teen Center)

Do Space (Omaha)

Additional Information

Central Library News Articles and Columns

Downtown Library Development Committee Executive Summary

Main Library Vision and Concept Study, 2012

Capital Improvement Program FY 2016/17-2021/22: Lincoln City Libraries (City of Lincoln Planning Department)

2012 Public Online Survey Results:

2003 Bennett Martin Public Library Space Needs & Facility Study:

A Look Back:

This 1940 (silent) film about the services and facilities of Lincoln’s Libraries was recently rediscovered in the Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors at the Bennett Martin Public Library. Enjoy this look at our history! The film runs about 20 minutes.