Frequently Asked Questions
Where will the new library be located?
City of Fort Worth Property Management department is actively seeking a new downtown location.
The final location of a future library depends on assessing the needs of the downtown population, residential trends and property availability. Decisions will be guided by a Library Facility Master Plan completed in 2019 that is available online.
What is happening to the artwork at the Central Library?
All artwork that is the property of the City of Fort Worth will be relocated to other facilities or the new downtown location once selected.
Artwork donated to the Fort Worth Public Library Foundation that was on display at the Central Library is managed by the Foundation. Some pieces have been selected for auction to create an endowment for the Library. Others will be stored until a permanent location for public viewing can be determined.
What will happen to the commemorative bricks around the Library?
At this time, it is unclear if the bricks can be salvaged without damaging them. Patrons interested in a specific brick can provide their contact information and when a decision is made related to the bricks, they will be contacted.
What is happening to the books?
Librarians who specialize in collection management are evaluating all items at the Central Library to determine what can be distributed at the 17 other library branches or set aside for use at a future location.
What will happen to the employees at this location?
Library staff will not be laid off or terminated due to the relocation of the library. Work has already begun to reallocate some staff both permanently and temporarily.
Where will Bumpersaurus go?
We are pleased to announce that this adorable attraction in the Central Youth Library will be relocated to the Vivian J. Lincoln library which opens on July 8, 2023.
What about the City Archives?
The Archives, local history and genealogy department has already relocated to the Fort Worth History Center. Archives are stored offsite in a climate controlled and fire resistant facility.
What about donor recognition for the 1993-1995 Capital Campaign?
The future downtown location will commemorate previous donors with digital signage.
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