Central Library preparing for grand reopening

October 29, 2012 by  

The invitation and banner printing is at hand, as St. Louis‘ Central Library prepares to open its doors for its long-awaited formal rededication on November 17 and grand reopening to the public on December 9. The library closed in June 2010 for renovations that have doubled the public space from two stories to four, and will feature significant technology upgrades and historic restorations.

The black-tie Grand Reopening Gala on Saturday, November 17, at the library has proven so popular that those still desiring ticket reservations are being wait-listed. Individual tickets are $500 each, while patron-level tickets are $1,000. To inquire about tickets, or to join the waiting list, contact Liz Reeves by phone on 314.340.2403 or e-mail her via the St. Louis Public Library (SLPL) website.

On December 9, the public will be welcomed to enjoy the fruits of the $70 million renovations for the first time. The Young Literati group will tour the library following its meeting at Noon at Schlafly Tap Room.

The first author discussion in the new theater space, once the coal storage area for the library’s furnace, is scheduled for December 13 at 7:00 pm. Wine expert Paul Lukacs will talk about his book ‘Inventing Wine: A New History of One of the World’s Most Ancient Pleasures’.

Originally built with a substantial gift from Andrew Carnegie, Central Library opened in January, 1912. The completion of the renewal in the library’s centenary year represents a fitting transition between a proud history and a vibrant future. The library’s collection encompasses more than 3 million items. For more information about the Central Library or any of the system’s branches, visit the SLPL website.