The library building was planned in 1990, by an Israeli architecture Moshe Safdie. The building is located across the theater art center in the city, and many see it as a prominent and odd building, especially across more conservative buildings around.
The Public Library complex is spread on an entire city block, and includes an office building with 9 floors, with the two highest floors rented out, which helps finance the expensive project.
In the impressive building are a few cafes and stores that are open to the public. In the atrium area of the Public Library are many official ceremonies and different public events.