Building the Future
We are doing a renovation! Construction began in February 2021 and is on target to wrap up in mid/late-June.
We are committed to ensuring the library remains a popular destination and a lovely gathering space. To that end, we continually examine how the building can best support library services, and we have saved money for the past decade to pay for renovations.
The library building is the backbone of what we do and it also provides a lovely space for our residents. It is important that the building be updated to look and feel modern and to stay relevant to our community. When we did our last renovation in 2010, we renovated the library to meet the needs of our community at that time. As we know, times change quickly! With this in mind, we asked for your feedback. In 2017 and 2019, we held focus groups and sent out community surveys. While residents continue to use the library in traditional ways, we also heard that you want more space for programming, studying, and gathering, plus more emphasis on technology. We have been working with Product Architecture and Design to develop a plan that meets the community interests, providing more, exciting public spaces for everyone!
The library did a search for an architectural firm in fall 2019. Nine architects submitted proposals and three firms were interviewed. The board chose Product Architecture and Design (PAD) PAD is a boutique firm in Chicago that has extensive experience designing and building libraries. The board started reviewing design ideas in January 2020. In February 2020, a floor plan was approved along with a budget of $1.3 million. The project was paused when COVID struck, but design work started up again later summer. In December the board awarded the contracts with a new project cost of $1,141,645. Lo Destro Construction Company is doing the construction; work is expected to be completed at the end of June.
Photo 1: Pictured is the Maker Studio, a space to learn and create. From a state-of-the-art laser cutter donated by the Foundation & Friends to a top-of-the-line embroidery machine, we can't wait for you to bring your imagination to life.
Photo 2: Pictured is a mobile above LittleTown, our area for young children and their families to explore. With creative activities to spark young imaginations, your kids will love exploring this colorful space.
Photo 3: Pictured is our four-new 1-2 person conference rooms on the first floor.
Photo 4: Our new passport room is ready for our staff to process your passports in private.
Photo 1: The bottom of the stairway was demolished and will be redirected straight ahead instead of turning as it does now. The stairs also will also get new flooring.
Photo 2: The stairwell is getting beautiful new flooring. The entire staircase got a makeover. The bottom of the stairway was redirected straight ahead instead of turning.
Photo 3: On the first floor, two large conference rooms were removed, and four, two-person study rooms are in the process of being constructed.
Photo 4: The north end of the café where "trenching" is happening. This will provide electrical outlets in the floor. The location of the café take advantage of the windows and providing more seating for work, study, and gathering. The café is donated by the IPPL Foundation & Friends.
From demolition to wall construction, a lot has been happening since construction began. We can't wait to see how the spaces transform. Click on the images for a larger view.
Photo 1: A view of the former Checkout Desk area, this new area will be a staff workroom.
Photo 2: Formally our workroom for Kids & Teens, this new space will be home to Littletown and Early Literacy, a place parents can enjoy with their children.
Photo 3: We knocked down the wall between our old programming room and Little Town. This space will be our new Youth Programming Room to offer more programs for the community. This also serves as a community meeting room and additional study space. Little Town will be part of the new Early Literacy area.
Photo 4: This area previously served as staff offices, but it will be part of our new Maker Studio, an exciting place for our guests to learn and create.
Photo 5: Our CDs and DVDs were located here. In our new space, Marketplace, which will showcase new materials and collections.
Photo 6: Our CDs and DVDs were located here. In our new space, this will be our Guest Services Desk, a one-stop customer services desk.
Construction on our pick-up window happened in October. Click on the images for a larger view.