Library Campus Project

Current Project Status: On Hold

Mayor Dave Bieter paused planning for the Library Campus project and announced that the city is no longer pursuing a special election on the project. Although the project is paused, it remains a priority of the City of Boise as the team explores options to proceed.

Library Campus Project


Boise’s Library Campus will serve as a public center for knowledge, culture, and ideas. It will serve as a gateway to the city, offering a modern library experience and continuing to provide our community with access to lifelong learning opportunities, cultural resources, and emerging technologies. The Library Campus will celebrate all that Boise is – lasting, innovative, and vibrant.


  • An Expanded Collection: Providing more materials for the entire library system, including all branch libraries.
  • Space for Creativity: Dedicated space for hands-on learning and creativity providing access to 3-D printers, laser printers and other emerging technologies.
  • Indoor-Outdoor Spaces: Facing the Boise River and the Greenbelt, the Library Campus will engage two of Boise's most beloved assets with a combination of indoor and outdoor spaces for community gathering, quiet study and reading, as well as collaborative public meeting spaces.
  • Expanded Available Parking


Built as a warehouse in 1946, the Main Library building can no longer meet the needs of Boise’s growing population or keep pace with the ever-evolving programming, technology and services of a modern-day library. Despite the addition of five branch locations, over the past five years, the Main Library has seen growth in daily visitors and in program attendance.

Additionally, the Boise City Department of Arts & History does not have adequate space for its services. This new facility would provide:

  • Gallery space
  • Storage and display space for the Boise City Archives
  • Care and conservation lab
Design Concepts and Architects

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Project Details

Citizen Initiative

A citizen-led initiative gathered sufficient signatures to place two ordinances on the November ballot asking citizens if a vote should be required on any library project costing more than $25 million or any stadium project costing more than $5 million. If successful, these "votes on whether to vote" would require subsequent ballot measures on the Library Campus project and a stadium project, if a stadium proposal is put forward.

Learn more about these ballot initiatives

The Cabin

Following Boise City Council’s regular evening meeting and public hearing on Tues, Feb 26, 2019, the council came to a unanimous vote to move the Log Cabin to the east end of Julia Davis Park.

This site would allow the nonprofit to have a quiet area of the park to operate its summer camps, ensure parking and proper access to the structure, and likely retain its place on the National Register of Historic Places.

The city staff and the project team are working closely with the Cabin on this move.  The proposed timeline is as follows:

  1. Cottonwood Creek daylighting
  2. Cabin to move late 2020 or early 2021

Public Input

Community outreach and input on this project has included:

  • Public input has been solicited throughout 3 iterations of this project starting in 1996
  • 30 community presentations have been held since January 2017
  • The city held design thinking workshops in spring 2017, gathering valuable feedback from over 200 participants.
  • In July 2018, five open houses were held to gather public input of conceptual design
  • In excess of 1001 participants/comments have been received on the project.
  • Approximately 150 people attended the Feb 26th, 2019 Mayor and Council meeting with 44 people providing public testimony concerning the Log Cabin location
  • 48 people provided public testimony to Mayor and Council at a public hearing held on Jun 25th, 2019 concerning the signature initiatives

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