building concepts




Rendering of the new library as seen from Seventh Street. Click here to view more new building renderings.


After receiving approval to issue bonds to build and equip a new library facility, the Library Board hired architectural firm StudioGC to complete design work previously initiated prior to the referendum on April 4, 2017.  

The 57,000-square-foot building will have 76 off-street parking spaces, drive-up convenience, a variety of meeting areas, a community art gallery, and outdoor reading spaces.

* The Library will feature an enhanced children’s area with developmentally appropriate collections, play areas, and learning opportunities for children from birth through eighth grade.

* Teens and adults will have access to a variety of library materials and enjoy spending time in the quiet reading and study spaces.

* Additionally, Library service will be expanded to include new opportunities for collaborating, using technology, and experimenting in lab spaces. 


On October 23, 2017, the Library officially submitted its application to the City of Geneva for a Planned Unit Development (PUD) that incorporated community input. The PUD application provides civil engineering plans, parking and traffic studies, elevations, and more. 


Geneva City Council unanimously approved the Library's application to build a new facility at their April 2 meeting. The plans were approved by Geneva Plan Commission unanimously March 8. The Historic Preservation Commission had considered the Library's proposal on Dec. 19, 2017 and provided recommendations to the Plan Commission regarding the character of the development, yard setbacks, landscape features, and building scale.


Responding to the community's desire to minimize the appearance of the height of the building, while still remaining at or below the height of the former Sixth Street School building, the building is partially buried at the corner of Sixth and Campbell and the top story is set back from the perimeter. 


Library officials are working with Park District officials to develop plans for a new playground at the corner of Sixth and Franklin. The Park District will additionally engage in a public process to seek input for their designs. Both districts are excited about this ongoing partnership.     

schematic design

The Library hired architectural firm StudioGC to provide schematic design for a new facility. Schematic design was completed to provide a written narrative outlining building priorities, a rough site plan, basic floor plans, and potential 3D modeling of building concepts. This work was done prior to the referendum to provide just enough detail to obtain an accurate cost estimate. Full design for the new facility began after the successful referendum in April 2017. The design process included obtaining feedback from community focus groups conducted throughout the summer of 2017 for design considerations that were beyond the scope of work that was performed prior to the  referendum.  

site plan

New Library

Parking Lot

Meeting Rooms

DriveUp Window

Campbell St.

Franklin St.

7th St.

6th St.


Lower Level

 Lower  Level : 

  • Enjoy expanded community space for programs and meetings

  • View community displays and art exhibits in the lobby

  • Bring your lunch or grab a book and spend the afternoon in the literary garden

  • Grab coffee from one of our many wonderful downtown shops or from our vending machine in the lobby and catch up with friends in the snack area

  • Play in the early literacy zone and outdoor program area

  • Meet other parents or get your work done while the kids explore materials for all ages and stages of childhood development

  • Do your homework and hang with friends in the Middle Ground

  • Pick up your materials at the drive-up window

  • Park your car and come inside your accessible community library!

floor plans: lower level
floor plans: main level

 Main  Level : 

  • Enjoy expanded space for browsing print collections, DVDs, CDs, and more

  • Read quietly around the fireplace or on the balcony

  • Study and collaborate in meeting rooms and semi-private booths

  • Create digital works in the technology commons

  • Check-out e-readers, tablets, cameras, projectors, and other equipment

  • Use computers, printers, and other business resources for enhancing your job skills

  • Work on homework and hang with friends in the teen space

  • Show your creative side and do it yourself in the craft lab

  • Do group projects or solo work in the Collaboration Zone

  • Stroll the downtown and come inside to enjoy your community library! 

floor plans: upper level

Upper  Level : 

  • IT server and equipment rooms for bringing you a library designed for 21st century needs

  • Staff and storage spaces for helping you enjoy your community library! 

exterior concepts

Enjoy artist's renderings of exterior concepts for the new library facility at 227 S. Seventh St.

  Aerial View  

  Exterior and DriveUp  

  Accessible Entryway  

   Outdoor Space  

Test Fit Sketch for Playground



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