• Paula Krapf

Windows, walls, and more go up on new library

A worker installs ductwork on the second level of the new library. Below him is what will be the main entrance.

Construction continues on the new Geneva Public Library at 227 S. Seventh St. Crews are framing interior walls, adding rain screen and insulation layers, and installing ductwork. Terracotta siding is on site and will be installed soon. The prospective opening date is fall 2019.

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 building will be fully ADA compliant, making it accessible for all.

* 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 expanded collections 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, making crafts, and experimenting in lab spaces.

A look into the main entrance, which faces Franklin and Seventh streets. The pedestrian entrance will be on Campbell Street.

A panoramic view of the new library from the Franklin Street side. The quiet reading area is the curve on the left hand side, second level. The arch in the center on the upper level is the two-sided fireplace and balcony; below that is the youth program room. To the right is the main meeting room.

A view of the north side of the new library taken at Sixth and Campbell streets. To the left is the main meeting room. In the center is the two-story lobby. The curved sections along Campbell street are the small meeting rooms the public can reserve.

What informed the design of the new library?

The building’s design unites many elements of the community, and was developed with feedback from both the public and the Historic Preservation Commission. The HPC encouraged architects to examine the history of the area as an industrial corridor and tie some of those elements into the design.

* The colors and texture of the material choice reflect the Fox Valley limestone and other building materials prevalent in the area.

* The curvilinear ribbon that flows along the second floor was inspired by the cottonwood tree on-site and treehouses seen in residential neighborhoods.

* The old lumber mill and the Pope Box Company inspired the vertical expressions seen in the design, and the metal banding is a reflection of the former Geneva Kitchens manufacturing facility.

* The arch at the roof level that echoes the hull of the Viking ship now resting in Good Templar Park is meant to pay homage to the Swedish heritage of the area.

Crews put finishing touches on walls.

The metal bars seen on the sides of the building will hold the terracotta in place. View from Seventh and Campbell streets.

View more renderings of the new library at

What will happen to the park on the site?

Library officials will work with Park District officials to develop plans for a new playground at the corner of Sixth and Franklin. The Park District will also engage in a public process to seek input.

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Crews work on the drive-up window off Seventh Street. You will be able to pick up and drop off Library materials from the convenience of your vehicle!

Window installation is underway, starting from the top and working down.



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