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A Main Library Exhibition

A tribute to the history and design of Main Library's Vitrolite Murals.

Did you know that one of the best Art Deco art installations in Toledo was made of glass?  Main Library is home to a remarkable display of glass mosaic murals called Vitrolite, a popular product of the Libbey Owens Ford Company in the 1930 and 1940s. Follow the exhibition (and optional self-guided audio tour) from the Central Court, beyond the Wintergarden, and then into the Children's Library. You will gain a greater appreciation for the design, installation, and preservation of this unique glass and understand why people visit Main Library from all over the world.

AGE GROUP: | Adults |

EVENT TYPE: | Art, Displays, & Exhibits |

Main Library

Phone: 419.259.5200

Mon, Oct 15 Closed
Tue, Oct 16 Closed
Wed, Oct 17 Closed
Thu, Oct 18 Closed
Fri, Oct 19 Closed
Sat, Oct 20 Closed
Sun, Oct 21 Closed

About the branch

Historic Main Library “Jewel of the Community” – showcases stunning Art Deco design paired with cutting-edge modern architecture. Features include “Vitrolite” glass mosaic murals and a soaring atrium in the Wintergarden. Customers appreciate the
underground parking and the on-site Library Café and Classics Gift Shop.

Main serves customers from downtown, all of Lucas County, and surrounding areas. Customers rely on services from specialized departments such as Local History and Genealogy, Audio Visual, and the Tech
Center which contains 80 public computers. Business Technology supports job seekers, entrepreneurs, businesses, and more. The “Metro” draws teens for gaming activities and college resources, and students benefit from Homework Help in Children’s Library.

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