The downtown branch of Chattanooga’s library system, formerly known as the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Bicentennial Library and now operating under the moniker of The Public Library, opened in 1976.
The brutalist-styled building could boast four floors dedicated to the love of books and the love of knowledge.
More than 30 years later, the same mission applies: “to excite the community about the many resources and experiences they’ll discover in books and beyond.”
For the fourth floor, which for the past 30 years has been home to chairs, discarded bookshelves, library furniture, and the odds and ends of various decades’ technology, this mission was taken more as a maxim for storing the trappings of the library and other government buildings.
Now, the fourth floor has become The 4th Floor (stay tuned for today’s article about the happenings at The Public Library).
Step by step, the clutter has disappeared, and what remains is a blank canvas the Chattanooga community is discovering as a uniquely versatile, public space.