Estimated Renovation Timeline

  • November 5, 2019: Public vote
  • February 2020: Library closes operations at its current building.
  • May 2020: Library resumes operations in a temporary space (location TBD).
  • May 2020: Construction begins at 1026 E. Kearsley Street.
  • June 2021: Library closes operations at its temporary location.
  • August 2021: Library re-opens for service at 1026 E. Kearsley Street.

Building Renderings

Building Exterior
(Kearsley Street view)

  • new terrace for patrons/event attendees
  • sloped sidewalk with barrier-free access to terrace and front door
  • accent lighting along walls
  • casual outdoor gathering spaces for story time and other activities

Building Exterior

  • repaved parking lot with angled parking
  • drive-up book drop
  • canopy over entrance


  • lower stacks to provide clear sight lines
  • staffed desks for checkout and assistance
  • self check-out kiosks
  • open center atrium to second floor

Children’s Learning Place

  • twice as much space as is currently offered
  • a classroom for story times and programs
  • places for early literacy creative play
  • comfortable seating for parents as well as kids
  • snack area

Community Room

  • can be configured to seat up to 250 people
  • sliding glass doors to provide acoustic privacy
  • automated window shades for room darkening as needed
  • a small catering kitchen
  • direct access to the terrace

Learning Stair

  • designed for small presentations and seating
  • topped with a glass-enclosed casual meeting room (the “unconference” room)

Digital Learning Hub

  • shared tables for personal computer and technology use
  • small tables with presentation screens for group work
  • desktop computers
  • printing center
  • laptop checkout
  • three tech-rich classrooms

Internet Café

  • vended coffee and snacks
  • a place to eat and relax or work

Conference Center

  • open, pre-function space with lounge seating
  • large conference room that seats 75
  • three breakout rooms



OPN Architects will be previewing the design with the public prior to the November 5 vote. Please drop in during one of these open houses to see the design, explore a 3D flythrough, and ask any questions you might have.

All meetings will be held at Flint Public Library (1026 E. Kearsley Street). Sign language interpreter provided.

Wednesday, August 21

Thursday, September 19

Tuesday, October 1

Tuesday, October 29