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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.

Library Board’s Position Statement

Why Lincoln Needs a New Downtown Library

Letter from Library Board President Herb Friedman to the Lincoln Independent Business Association, August 9, 2018

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

Information about central libraries in other cities and library services throughout the United States and the world.
Now including pictures of Blair, Hastings, and Norfolk, Nebraska libraries!

Additional Information

2012 Main Library Vision and Concept Study

2003 Bennett Martin Public Library Space Needs & Facility Study:

Central Library News Articles and Columns

Central Library – Lincoln, Nebraska: Historical Photographs

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

2012 Public Online Survey Results:

Aspen Institute Report: “Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries”

Advocacy Video, Lexington, KY

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.