Enoch Pratt’s Central Library is Set for an Upgrade

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Say goodbye to the Central Hall at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, and get ready for a Town Hall.

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Rendering of the Town Hall (courtesy Enoch Pratt Free Library)

Central Library on Cathedral St. is set to undergo a $115 million renovation project over the next three-and-a-half years. The construction officially began on Wednesday.

The renaming of the central hall reflects a community-oriented approach to the renovation. The main idea of the improvement project is to open up more public space and provide more 21st century resources. The next chapter of the library will feature more conference and training rooms and all-purpose spaces, as well as areas focusing on job training. An upgraded A/V system and more public computers will also be available, along with tech-based collections. Attention will also be paid to what’s already attractive, with a move to refinish historic furniture and upgrade the children’s area.

The events and visits that keep the library filled won’t be paused with the construction. The library will remain open.


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