Built in 2001-2002 for about $20 million.
In July 2000, voters authorized the city to issue bonds for the new Main Library to be built and selected the site by referendum. The total cost of the project was $20.2 million. The building was designed by world-renowned architect Robert A.M. Stern, Dean of the Yale University School of Architecture. It was built to serve as a cultural attraction and northern anchor of the downtown area, with gallery exhibits, special programs, and a variety of community activities to be enjoyed by residents and visitors.