Toledo’s Main Library Reno is a Parent’s Dream Come True!!

Dream BIG! Okay. I want a convenient parking spot, ease of entryway, enclosed kids space, lots of hands-on activities for the kids, Storytime, coffee, snacks/lunch option, a shop that doesn’t feel like an afterthought, and, did I mention coffee?! Can a public library actually provide all these amenities? It can and does! That’s right; the Main Library Reno has pulled out all the stops & checked off all the boxes to officially make a parents dream come true!

Toledo Lucas County Public Library

Address: 325 N Michigan St, Toledo, OH 43604

Phone: (419) 259-5200


Hours: Monday-Thursday 9am-9pm, Friday & Saturday 9:30am-5:30pm, & Sunday 1-5pm

Parking: Parking Garage, cost is $ .50 per ½ hour.


The renovation maintained the integrity of the original building and key features like the Vitrolite remain intact.


Heavy construction in more than half of the public footprint opened the space to provide a welcoming environment that provides many books and movies, collaboration, lifelong learning, circulation of materials & community engagement.









Stop off at the Gift Shop to purchase something unique and fun from local artists, check out the exhibit in the Gallery, & then grab a snack & that much needed coffee at the Café, Sarines!




Sarnies offers deli sandwiches & new chopped salads to the area using only the freshest ingredients. Fresh breads are baked daily, salads and sauces are made using local ingredients and cookies are baked from scratch. Sarnies is located on the first floor next to the Gallery.


Cafe` Hours: Monday – Thursday, 9am – 7pm, Friday & Saturday: 9am – 4pm, Sunday: 1 – 5pm

Eat in the Café area or take your lunch to the Roof Garden!



The Children’s Library is located on the second floor & is the perfect place to bring little ones for fun, learning and play!





They’ll enjoy features like the Rainbow Fish Tank and the Mystery Wall and explore signature areas including:

  • The Susan M. Savage Family Place: Creativity Lab
  • The Dorothy Louise Kyler Foundation Children’s Computer Center

The Joseph and Judith Conda Family School Readiness Room


ProMedica Picture Book Room








Jennifer Fisher Nancy Drew Collection






The Main Library Reno is legit amazing! What are you waiting for? Share, tag friends, & make plans to meet up at the library today!

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3 Comments on “Toledo’s Main Library Reno is a Parent’s Dream Come True!!”

  1. Mary Rava Miller
    October 3, 2019 at 4:19 am #

    Your pictures are spectacular. Thanks for giving us a shout-out!
    Mary Rava Miller, Children’s Library Manager

    • October 6, 2019 at 2:49 am #

      It’s my pleasure….and, thank you, Mary, for all you do to help make the children’s library such an amazing place for our kiddos!

  2. October 3, 2019 at 3:53 pm #

    Wow. It really does look beautiful! I can’t wait to take the kids there. Thanks for posting so many great pictures. And I hear ya on the coffee thing. Why can’t more places serve coffee?

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