Photos of the construction of the Main Library
Are available on our Flickr page by clicking here
Did you know?
How big is the new Library?
The Library will be 90,000 square feet, with four floors and a rooftop terrace.
The old Main Library was 49,435 square feet.
How was the site chosen?
Voters selected the site by referendum in July 2000, when they also authorized
the City to issue bonds for the project. The old Main Library and subsequent
additions rested on the same site overlooking Clearwater Harbor since the original
Carnegie Library was constructed in 1916.
How much does it cost?
The total cost is $20.2 million. $15.2 million has been committed by the City
and $5 million is private funding. Most of the City's commitment consists of
for Pinellas Funds. The Clearwater
Library Foundation is conducting a capital campaign to raise the $5 million
in private funds.
What does private funding pay for?
Private funding is being used toward construction and furnishings. As dollars
are donated, new furnishings will be purchased for additional areas of the library.
How can I support the Library Foundation’s Capital Campaign for the
new Main Library?
Please contact the Foundation at (727) 462-6800 extension 244.
Where is the parking for the Library?
Adjacent to the new building and Coachman Park.
Who designed the building?
The Library is designed by world-renowned architect Robert A.M. Stern, Dean of
the Yale University School of Architecture.
How is the Library being constructed?
The new facility will contain approximately 750 tons of structural steel,
4,000 cubic yards of concrete, 1,900 light fixtures and 970 pieces of glass.
The foundation pilings for the building are as deep as 72 feet and anchor the
Library to the bedrock.
How is the Library connected to the downtown redevelopment?
The new Main Library will serve as a cultural attraction and northern anchor
of the downtown, with gallery exhibits, special programs and a variety of community
activities to be enjoyed by residents and visitors.
Who can use the Library?
Everyone in the community can visit and use the Library’s resources. The
Library also provides temporary privileges to visitors.
For more information, please call 462-6800 x245.