Hall , located
at 733 N. Eighth St., is a unique self-contained complex of three meeting
spaces adjoining the Central Library. Beautifully restored, this
historic and ornate facility is available for rent by organizations
engaged in educational, cultural, civic, intellectual, or charitable
activities. The library provides staff, equipment, personalized setup
and security personnel for each event. Groups must provide Certificate
of Liability Insurance. Minimum use: 3 hours. Application must be
submitted two months prior to event date.
Events held in Centennial Hall must be educational, cultural, civic,
intellectual, or charitable. Examples of eligible activities include
author lectures, seminars, classes, graduations, etc. Non-eligible
uses include profit-motivated activities, events where contestants/performers
pay a fee to participate or are competing for a prize (e.g. talent
shows, beauty contests), and events which require a series of three
(3) or more reservations in a year. Rules
of Use (printable version)
Koeppen-Gerlach Auditorium - Thousands have
enjoyed the use of this classical, gold-leafed lecture hall featuring
lighting and sound equipment with auditorium-style seating and a stage
that can be used for lectures, seminars, classes and graduations.
~ Proscenium is 14' 4" high
~ Deck floor to edge of black drape rod (heather) is 16' 10"
~ Stage left to right width in back is 33'
~ Stage curtain is 30' wide
~ Stage has a large drop-down screen
~ No "fly system" on stage. There is no wing space adjacent
to the stage.
~ Dressing areas and washrooms are present on each side of stage
~ Seating capacity 700
Ludwig E. Loos Room - This beautiful room, 60'
x 33', is decorated with silver leaf and can be used for large meetings,
receptions or luncheons. Equipment is available for personalized
setups. Capacity 175 (reduced when tables, chairs or other setup
C.L. Masters Room - A more intimate room, 26' x
24', with original wood paneling. It is rated for a maximum of 40
people (reduced when tables, chairs or other setup is included) and
is used for small meetings, ticket sales, coat check (150), and/or "green" room.
All three rooms are accessed from the lobby entrance at 733 N. Eighth
St. Washrooms are also adjacent to the lobby.
Handicapped access is provided through the entrance north of the
lobby door and south of the drive-thru.
Applications must be submitted not less than 60 days and not more than
one year prior to the scheduled activity. Reservations are made on
a first-come, first-served basis. You must complete, sign, and submit
the application with required security deposit in order to hold a
date. Phone inquiries do not hold a date. Full payment, insurance
certificate, and final floor plans/setup specifications are due at
least 30 days prior to the scheduled activity.
(fill in online and print out to return to MPL with deposit)
At time of reservation, times for entering and exiting the complex
must be arranged. Library staff and security will be scheduled
according to these time specifications. “Entry” is
defined as the time that your group will be able to gain access
to the building. “Exit” is defined as the time that
you, your guests, and everyone from your group will have vacated
the Hall. Your group’s entry and exit times must be shown
on your application must include sufficient time for preparation
and post-event time needed in the complex. All changes in schedule
must be made through the Library Business Office. The library will
retain your security deposit and/or your organization will be billed
if you do not adhere to your established schedule. Refunds will
not be given for events which are shorter than the agreed-upon
Cancellation with full refund can be made by the applicant 30 days
prior to the date of the event. Cancellations made by the applicant
30 days prior to the event will receive a refund minus a $100 service charge.
The library will cancel an event if all required items are not received
at least 30 days in advance of the event. The library may cancel any reservation
for violation of the Rules of Use at the discretion of library administration.
On rare occasions, the library may have to cancel a group’s use of
Centennial Hall due to unforeseen circumstances.