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Gary Public Library and Cultural Center


220 West 5th Avenue
Gary, IN 46402
Phone: (219) 886-2484
Fax: (219) 886-9607 

Hours:

Monday-Thursday 9am-8pm
Friday & Saturday 9am-5pm

Brief History

This tri-level facility is the system’s central unit from which all operations originate.

In 1911, on this very location, the Gary Public Library built their first permanent building on land donated by the Gary Land Company and with funds from the Carnegie Corporation.

The Carnegie building faithfully served the citizens of Gary for 52 years until this current building, known as the Main Library, was constructed and dedicated in 1963. The building of the Main Library was six years in the making from hiring the architect to testing the legality of the Library Board’s bonding power to relocation, demolition, construction and moving in.

Now, 55 years later, the Main Library has been renovated to reveal the new Gary Public Library and Cultural Center.

The realization for the future and function of this building has also gone through several chapters that are now finally closed with the re-opening of the Gary Public Library and Cultural Center on January 27, 2018.

The new renovation includes a 100-seat theatre and a spacious community room with kitchen. Both will be available to rent for community programs, social events and functions.A new computer lab for adults provides 41 computers and the children’s computer lab provides 20 computers.  A wi-fi lounge with vending machines is also located on the main floor. Other public areas include a tutoring lab, Friends Store, 2nd floor study area, additional gallery space and new Indiana Room of local history.

 

 

 

Gary Public Library and Cultural Center


220 West 5th Avenue
Gary, IN 46402
Phone: (219) 886-2484
Fax: (219) 886-9607 

Hours:

Monday-Thursday 9am-8pm
Friday & Saturday 9am-5pm

Brief History

This tri-level facility is the system’s central unit from which all operations originate.

In 1911, on this very location, the Gary Public Library built their first permanent building on land donated by the Gary Land Company and with funds from the Carnegie Corporation.

The Carnegie building faithfully served the citizens of Gary for 52 years until this current building, known as the Main Library, was constructed and dedicated in 1963. The building of the Main Library was six years in the making from hiring the architect to testing the legality of the Library Board’s bonding power to relocation, demolition, construction and moving in.

Now, 55 years later, the Main Library has been renovated to reveal the new Gary Public Library and Cultural Center.

The realization for the future and function of this building has also gone through several chapters that are now finally closed with the re-opening of the Gary Public Library and Cultural Center on January 27, 2018.

The new renovation includes a 100-seat theatre and a spacious community room with kitchen. Both will be available to rent for community programs, social events and functions.A new computer lab for adults provides 41 computers and the children’s computer lab provides 20 computers.  A wi-fi lounge with vending machines is also located on the main floor. Other public areas include a tutoring lab, Friends Store, 2nd floor study area, additional gallery space and new Indiana Room of local history.