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Main Library
1102 Tacoma Avenue South
Tacoma, WA  98402
(253) 292-2001

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Friday & Saturday 

11a.m. - 8 p.m.
11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
9 a.m. - 6 p.m. 



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Tacoma's downtown Main LibraryTacoma's Main Library opened in 1903 and was the first Carnegie Library built in Washington state. Philanthropist and steel-czar Andrew Carnegie gave the City of Tacoma $75,000 to build the original library (which is now home to the Handforth Gallery, community meeting rooms, and the Library's Northwest Room and Special Collections). Today, more than 100 years later, the Library is still the heart and soul of our city, and a major cultural resource -- with art exhibitions, lectures, author visits, and more -- as well as home to more than 250,000 books, magazines, compact discs, and videos.  To learn more about the history of the Tacoma Public Library.

The Main Library is filled with many treasures -- from Leaves of Glass -- James Carpenter's stunning dichroic glass sculpture which greets visitors as they enter the library, and Carnegie Pond -- a tile mural by artist Jack Ferrell in the second floor Children's Area, to a collection of work by Tacoman Thomas Handforth, the recipient of the 1939 Caldecott Medal and for whom the Library has named its art gallery.

If you visit us, be sure to go to the Northwest Room and Special Collections on the second floor of the Carnegie Library. Everything you have ever wanted to know about our city and our region can be found here. The collection includes a wealth of unique databases, hundreds of thousands of photographs, genealogical records and much more.

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