The Duluth Public Library is located in downtown Duluth, Minnesota. It is a part of the Arrowhead Library System and serves a population of 86,918. The Duluth Public Library’s collection includes books, audiobooks, downloadable e-books, DVDs, CDs, videotapes, recordings, large-print materials, maps, globes, framed prints, pamphlet files, story kits, government documents, newspapers, serials, and microfilm. The library provides free access to computers with internet access, word processing, tutorials on computer use, reference database subscriptions, children’s games, and printers. Free wireless internet access is also available.
In 1980, a new Duluth Public Library building opened at 520 W. Superior St. Noted architect Gunnar Birkerts designed the building. In 2008 it underwent renovations, including an expanded computer lab, new carpeting throughout, and new furniture. Later that year, Mayor Don Ness made extensive cuts to the city budget, and as a result, library employees were laid off and hours were reduced. Currently, the main library is open six days a week (five days a week during the summer), and each of the branches is open three times a week.