A rendering of the Central Library with added windows.

The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System has announced that the Central Library in Downtown will close July 1 for $50 million in extensive renovations.

The library is expected to be closed for 18 to 24 months while controversial changes, including the addition of windows to the facade of the Brutalist building designed by Marcel Breuer.

The last day of service at the Central Library will be Sunday, July 1, for the regularly scheduled hours of 2 – 6 p.m.

“The closing of our Central Library [and Library System Headquarters] will kick off an extensive renovation project that we expect will take 18 months to complete. The result will be a completely reimagined space that will transform and modernize the downtown Atlanta library, while improving service delivery, and creating a community gathering space that can serve all of Fulton County for years to come,” said Dr. Gabriel Morley, Director of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System. “While we know the closing will bring some inconvenience, the result will be well worth it.”

During construction various aspects of the services available only at the Central Library will be moved to neighboring locations. Final plans for relocated services will be available at afpls.org when temporary work spaces are finalized.

For up-to-date information on the library renovation visit this link or call the hotline at 404-613-READ (7323).

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.