• Paula Krapf

Second floor takes shape at new library

Steelwork underway at 227 S. Seventh St.

Construction crews are working on the second floor of the new Geneva Public Library at 227 S. Seventh St. This steelwork phase will last about four weeks. Work on the geothermal system (the wells that will be located under the parking lot and used to heat and cool the building) also continues. In addition, on Nov. 28 the Library sold $12+ million in bonds. Now the Library has received all $21.8 million in public financing for the project that voters approved in the April 2017 referendum.

Views of steelwork from Campbell and Seventh streets.

View of new library construction from Sixth Street.

What will the new library feature?

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.

Steelwork on the second floor, viewed from Seventh and Campbell streets.

The goal is a prospective opening date in the fall of 2019.

Crews working on the new library, viewed from Seventh Street.

View renderings of the new library at

Steelwork to the left; geothermal work to the right on the site of the new library.

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Rendering of new the new Geneva Public Library viewed from Seventh Street.



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