Main Library Announces a Community Celebration to Mark Its New Chapter

Main Library Announces a Community Celebration to Mark Its New Chapter

YOUNGSTOWN – The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County (PLYMC)’s Main Library in Youngstown will celebrate the end of its nearly two-year-long renovation and restoration project with a community open house on Saturday, June 11, 2022, from 12-5 p.m. PLYMC invites everyone in our communities to join us in the celebration with an official ribbon-cutting, followed by tours of the building, including the Grand Reading Room with restored skylight and Parthenon frieze, and the new Culinary Literacy Space, as well as fun activities for the whole family, including programs, live music, food trucks, and Handel’s ice cream. The event is free and open to the entire community.  


The week leading up to the community celebration, June 6-10, Main Library will temporarily close to the public to allow for the finishing touches of the project as well as to provide staff with training. During this temporary closure, patrons can borrow or return materials at any open Library branch and use our online services 24/7 on our website:

Renovations on Main Library began in August of 2020.  The cost of the design and construction for the project is projected to be $27 million. The cost was factored into the Library’s financial planning for several decades and funds were set aside specifically for this project, so the Library could operate debt-free.

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The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County (PLYMC) has served the Mahoning Valley since 1880 when the Youngstown Library Association was officially created. With 15 branches across Mahoning County, including our Main Library in downtown Youngstown, the PLYMC is well known for signature services and programs like Summer Discovery and 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. The mission and values of PLYMC to “connect, inspire, and enrich” position the Library to serve our communities by preparing children for kindergarten, promoting early literacy, assisting job seekers, connecting Valley residents to technology, and providing resources for small businesses.