|When the Washoe County Library, known as the Downtown Library, officially opened in 1966, it was home to Reno's only library. The first public library building in Reno had been a Carnegie library that opened in 1904. The current Downtown Library, the third home of Washoe County's first public library, provided three times the space of the library before it and included an auditorium, not to mention a lot of room for readers as well as books. The location of the Downtown Library is within three blocks of both its predecessors and is in the center of Reno. Its location has been functional; for over a decade the Downtown Library operated successfully as Reno's only library.8 The Downtown Library is emblematic of a significant change in the community's social history: it was built during the rise of Reno as an arts community, tying it to the movement of the city from a gambling and divorce town to the thriving cultural community it is, today. The formative decade of the 1960s saw the construction of the Library as well as the Pioneer Theater-Auditorium (NRHP listed 2004) and the Fleischmann Atmospherium Planetarium (NRHP listed 1994). All three buildings are notable examples of Modern architecture. The Downtown Library, like its sister buildings the concert hall and the planetarium, not only represents Reno's growing interest in arts by its use, but also by its own construction. The Downtown Library's significant association with this local movement makes the library eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion A at the local level.