The Weber County Main Library reopened April 4, 2018, after being closed for 18-months to undergo a complete renovation and restoration. During an Open House that followed a rededication ceremony on April 7th, the public was introduced to a completely renovated and restored community learning platform that includes technology-centric spaces dedicated to teaching as well as learning.
A greatly expanded youth services area occupies half of the third level and features interactive flooring, children's computers, and enhanced collections of books, educational toys, and non-print materials. Mishka, the Main Library's life size polar bear mascot, returned to welcome children to their new spaces. A teen center on the first floor includes cafe style booths, gaming computers, large screen projection, and study spaces.
The Library also features a large auditorium with cinema-quality projection and surround sound, meeting rooms, and a literacy training center. All Library venues provide the public with a robust presentation infrastructure.
The central atrium on the second and third levels frame a two story, lighted sculpture that can also be viewed from large exterior window expanses on all four sides of the building. The sculpture serves as an intellectual beacon, signifying the important work community members undertake within the Library walls. A large, double-sided exhibits case provides ample space to display the Library's collection of natural history and fine arts collections.
A privately operated cafe on the main floor offers food and beverage services and catering for events and meeting held in Library venues, including an outdoor terrace and performance area.
March 13, 2018
Reopening and Rededication Plans Announced
Weber County Commissioners and the Weber County Library Board of Trustees proudly announce the “Grand Reopening” of the renovated Main Library scheduled at 12 noon, Wednesday, April 4. The public is invited to gather on the west plaza for brief remarks and a ribbon-cutting ceremony before the doors swing wide, marking 50 years to the day of the original dedication, April 4, 1968.
The following Saturday, April 7, there will be a formal rededication ceremony at 2 p.m., followed by an Open House from 3 - 5:30 p.m. During the Open House, the public will be treated to tours, demonstrations, a poetry slam, children’s storytelling; and local groups will provide music and other entertainment. Eric Jacobson, chair of a Friends of the Library group planning festivities, noted “The opening of a large, modern library is reason to celebrate.” READ MORE...
October 14, 2016
The Main Library will close November 11th so contractors can continue renovations. As soon as Main closes, the water, heat, and power will be turned off, plumbing and sewer system connections will be replaced, and trenches will be dug around the outside of the building to repair foundation waterproofing. The library will reopen in phases over the course of the next year. READ MORE...
EDA Architects was selected through a competitive bidding process to design and oversee renovation of the Main Library. As architects for renovation of Ogden High School, and with experience building academic and public libraries, EDA is well versed in the process of renovating and restoring historic buildings and the infrastructure of modern, third place libraries "that infuse communities with opportunities for people come to gather to teach and learn, to attend and participate, to gather and enjoy." Learn more about the future of public libraries: Click to Expect More videos. Click to Shared Vision Statement.
Wadman Corporation was selected through a competitive bid process as the General Contractor for the Main Library. Wadman Corporation is based in Ogden, but has completed more than 900 projects throughout the U.S., totaling more than 23,490,000 square feet. Their work is diverse and includes retail, industrial, hospitality and resort, health care, office, religious, financial institutions, museums and libraries, aviation, government, restaurant, and education facilities. Learn more about Wadman Corporation and their commitment to renovation of the Main Library by visiting their Web site.