Richmond surveys residents on planned renovation of Main Library

Richmond surveys residents on planned renovation of Main Library
Photo of Main Library courtesy of Richmond Public Library.

The Richmond Public Library is gathering input from residents about planned renovations of the historic Main Library.

“We want to hear from Richmond residents about the services you need and want in the renovated space,” Library officials said.

Complete the survey in English ( or Spanish ( A virtual meeting will be held via Zoom ( on Wednesday, Dec. 6, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. An in-person meeting will follow at the Main Library (325 Civic Center Plaza) Thursday, Dec. 14 from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

Last year, the city was awarded a $9.7 million state grant to make critical upgrades to the library, which opened in 1949 as the first glass-fronted library building in the nation. In 1995, extensive electrical system upgrades were made to accommodate computers. But the facility was not included in the 2009 renovation of Civic Center structures.

The state grant, augmented to $15 million with appropriations by the city, will support significant upgrades to the building including seismic, HVAC, flooring, electrical and lighting, city officials said. The restroom will get a refresh and the elevator will be replaced as part of the project. The city’s funding contribution aims to ensure the project is completed, and that there are opportunities for community input to influence renovations. 

To learn more about the project, go here.