Originally located within the Mahalia Jackson Childhood & Family Learning Center, Central City Library first opened in November 2010 as part of an ambitious plan to break the “cycle of poor education and poverty” by providing educational resources to parents and their children at a young age.
After almost 10 years, the Library outgrew the space and closed in the fall of 2019 before reopening a few months later in a brand-new building just down the street at 2020 Jackson Avenue. Located within the Allie Mae Williams Multi-Service Center, Central City Library is still part of a multi-use community hub designed to serve and improve the neighborhood.
And according to three separate Library users, the location has done just that.
“Having a library in your neighborhood is great, and it’s something I think is really important for a good quality of life. It allows you to get access to books, access to education, access to knowledge that’s extremely important. For me, to be able to get books and then get home in less than five minutes is really palpable.”
Read more Central City Library and its dedicated staff, loyal users, and why one woman considers having access to the Library is as important as her right to vote here.