Central Library Field Trips for Kids and Teens: General

Welcome to YOUR library!

"I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library."  --   ​Jorge Luis Borges

Request a Field Trip

  • Fill out the Group Visit Request Form. Confirmations are sent via email.
  • Submit requests at least 7 days in advance. 
  • We recommend groups of 60 students or less. Please bring one (1) adult per ten (10) students.
  • Due to the volume of traffic in the building, we cannot host guided visits on weekends.

What to Expect

Welcome and Orientation

  • Youth Staff will meet your students/buses on Second Street or in the 2nd Floor lobby
  • Your group will enjoy a 15-minute welcome and orientation
  • After that, your students/campers can explore the rest of the Library as your time and interest allows.

Pre-K to Age 12

  • Students from Pre-K to 2nd grade can enjoy a storytime as a part of our welcome.
  • Groups can pick up a Central Library Scavenger Hunt or an Exploration Guide.
  • Field trips range from 1-2 hours, depending on your time and interest. Visits longer than 3 hours should include outdoor exploration.
  • In the Children's Area & Tween Lounge students will find hands-on STEM activities, 24 computers, giant chess, board games, and over 60,000 books, graphic novels and movies.

Teens Age 13-18

  • Teen Central has thousands of books & graphic novels/books
  • Teen Central also has 20 computers, including 6 Alienware gaming computers
  • Teen Central offers any-time hands-on art or maker projects, as well as board games for play any time
  • Upon request, your teens can enjoy one of several hands-on extension activities
  • Research Assistance (available for 8th-12th grades only and as staffing is available)

Tips for Success

Escape from the Library!

Share our virtual Central Library Escape Room! with your students, parents, and caregivers.

Classroom Preparation

Allow classroom time for students to explore our catalog and online Virtual Tour. 

Library Cards

If your group would like to check out books, please have students bring their Library card. Application information here.

Best Practice: Have teachers & chaperones collect and hold all library cards, and assist with checkout to minimize lost cards. 

Lunch

Groups may bring coolers, sack lunches, or make a reservation for box lunches with Cookbook Cafe. Lunch spots include the 2nd floor lobby, 3rd floor Atrium, or the 3rd and 6th floor porches. 

Computers

We have about 20 computers for ages 0-12, and 20 more for 13-18 year olds. Larger groups will want to plan to rotate students through the computers available for their age group.