Boise Public Library

Boise Library
Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

The future of Boise’s main library remains up in the air. After citizen petitions asking for a vote on whether to vote for or against the librarycity council meetings on a possible second voter question, and a lot of confusion, the Boise City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed November special election on the project. So what is the city proposing? Can anyone testify at the public hearing? And what happens next? Idaho Matters asks Don Day of those questions.


The Boise Comic Arts Festival is back this month for its 7th year. This year the Boise Public Library and its Friends are bringing in 30 of the nation's top comics creators. That includes the author of "Phoebe and her Unicorn." The event covers everything from comics journalism to how to draw dinosaurs. Idaho Matters sketches in the details.

  • Boise High School considers mascot change.
  • The City of Boise plans library hearing.
  • Boise getting hotter, literally.
  • Boise Comic Arts Festival returns for 7th year.

Kyle Green / Idaho Statesman

While Boise officials and citizens debate the plans for a new downtown library and the relocation of The Cabin Literary Center, there has been very little public conversation about the fate of the Anne Frank Memorial and the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights.

On The Monday, June 10, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Jun 10, 2019

  • Addressing the prejudices of pain medication use.
  • The manipulative ways food is marketed.
  • The Boise Library initiates new late fee structure.
  • Idahoans celebrate World Refugee Day.

City of Boise

One of the world’s most prominent architects is designing Boise’s new downtown library. Recently revealed documents show a member of the firm was fined for not being licensed to practice architecture in Idaho.

On The Tuesday, April 2, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Apr 1, 2019

  • Idaho resident discusses getting married at 13.
  • Boise survey finds Idahoans are ill prepared for end of life.
  • Boise Public Library sells books to buy books.
  • Recent pedestrian accidents and deaths have walk-space advocates concerned.

City of Boise

As the City of Boise moves forward with plans for a new downtown library, some of the more practical aspects of building the structure are coming into focus.

Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

Boise’s literary hub The Cabin will be moving to Julia Davis Park. The building is set to be relocated to make room for a new and bigger library that will be built along Boise’s Capitol Boulevard.

Matt Guilhem / Boise State Public Radio

World-renowned architect Moshe Safdie has been commissioned to design the new Boise Library main branch. Boise State Public Radio's Matt Guilhem had the opportunity to sit down and discuss design with the designer and find out more about his ongoing fascination with libraries.

On The Monday, July 2, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters:

Jun 29, 2018

UPDATE: In light of the events of this past weekend in Boise, the content of today's Idaho Matters is changing. At noon today we will be talking with city leaders about the mass stabbing that has affected people in our refugee community.

City of Boise

The design of the new main library for downtown Boise is out. Renderings of the proposed building show a curving glass structure that will act not only as a library but a community hub.

Michal Ronnen Safdie

As downtown Boise continues to be developed, plans are in the works to build a new library for the City of Trees. 

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

You may have heard of local used bookstores closing up and disappearing from the Treasure Valley. It’s not a new phenomenon. And as more stores shut down, people still hungry for physical books are turning to other sources to meet that demand.

Taylor Munson / Boise State Public Radio

Public libraries are providing more than books these days. The modern-day library is a gathering place featuring technology and innovation. The new library at Bown Crossing in southeast Boise is an example.



Branch supervisor, Sarah Kelley-Chase, wants it to be a community hub for exploration.


U.S. Attorney For Idaho Doing Public Meet And Greets

Aug 9, 2016
Adam Cotterell

U.S. Attorney for Idaho Wendy Olson and U.S. Marshal for Idaho Brian Underwood will meet with the public Tuesday and Wednesday at the Boise Public Library. For Olson, the meetings come after some recent decisions that have made some people in Idaho quite angry.

Ryan Zehm / NurFace Games

It’s a rags to riches story, starring a Boise man who lost it all, then found his way back through video games. Now Ryan Zehm owns and operates a thriving gaming company called NurFace Games.

A few years ago, Zehm went from working at a top tech company to living at a Boise homeless shelter. Now, he’s telling his story of how his perseverance and a little help from the Boise Public Library brought him back from the brink.

Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Comic book conventions, known has "cons", happen in nearly every city in the country. Some are money-making affairs, others are organized by fans for fans. But in Boise, the public library has gotten in on this pop-culture phenomenon.

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

A warehouse across from the Boise Public Library is bustling with activity, as dozens and dozens of boxes of books are brought in and unloaded.

“Boxes everywhere, we drown in boxes!” says volunteer Diana Cross. She’s helping set up for the 33rd annual Spring Book Sale, organized by the Friends of the Boise Public Library.

Boise Library Shelves Bookmobile

Aug 6, 2012
Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

A familiar sight on Boise streets and parking lots will soon disappear. The Boise Public Library plans to shelve (or rather garage) the bookmobile. Library Director Kevin Booe  says the decision is financial. Booe says the city cut his budget by $218,000 for fiscal year 2013.