• Paula Krapf

Take a look inside the new library

Workers start to install the staircase that leads from the upper floor to the main lobby.

Workers are installing terracotta siding, framing walls, and more on the new Geneva Public Library under construction at 227 S. Seventh St. Library officials are working with their building team to update the construction schedule and hope that construction will be complete by the end of the year. The opening day will be determined at a later date.

The staircase arrived in sections.


The 57,000-square-foot building will include:

• enhanced collections and programs • 76 off-street parking spaces • drive-up convenience to pick up and drop off books and materials • a variety of meeting areas • exhibit space • outdoor reading spaces • ADA compliance, making it accessible for all

Looking up at the staircase from the lobby.

-> The Library will feature an enhanced children’s area that includes:

• a program and craft room • an outdoor program space • play areas for young children • learning space for elementary school-aged children • middle school lounge space • developmentally appropriate collections • learning opportunities for children from birth through eighth grade

A look into Kids Landing on the main floor, looking out the windows that face Campbell Street.

Looking into Kids Landing from the entrance off the lobby. The beams on the left are for the program room that will lead into an outdoor play area.

-> Teens will have their own space as well as access to more books and materials

The teen space (above) will have a lot of natural light.

An interior view of the teen space, which is on the upper level. The view looks onto Franklin Street.

Our community can enjoy spending time in a variety of new spaces that include:

• enhanced collections • a quiet reading and study area • an indoor/outdoor fireplace • two outdoor balconies • bookable study rooms • two meeting rooms that can hold a variety of programs • a demonstration kitchen • a collaboration zone for group projects or solo work

Looking into the quiet reading area, which overlooks Seventh Street.

One of the outdoor balconies on the upper level, which overlooks Sixth Street.

This view on the upper level shows the bookable meeting rooms (on the left). The rooms are not blue, the color is from the tarps placed over the windows to control humidity while work is underway.

The second outdoor balcony faces Franklin Street and will be served by an indoor-outdoor fireplace.

Workers shown in the demonstration kitchen/lab area on the lower level.

A view of the collaboration zone on the upper level, which will face Sixth Street and overlook the winding staircase.

A view of the main meeting/program room, which is adjacent to the demonstration kitchen/lab.

> Library service will be expanded to include:

• a technology area where you can use or check out equipment, take classes, and create digital works • a craft room for classes and drop-in projects • lab spaces for experimenting

A view of the diy craft space on the upper level, which is near the collaboration zone and teen space.

WHAT ARE PLANS FOR THE PARK ON THE SITE? The Park District will hold a public meeting sometime this fall with neighbors to select the playground design. The playground will be located at Sixth and Franklin streets.

WILL THE LIBRARY BE CLOSED DURING THE MOVE TO THE NEW LIBRARY? We will close, but dates are not yet set for our move or opening day. We’ll post updates to and our Facebook Page as we know more.

Looking out the window of the quiet reading room onto Seventh Street.

Terracotta installation continues on the exterior of the building. This is the corner of Sixth and Campbell, looking onto the lobby.

A view of the quiet reading room (above), taken from Seventh Street.

An exterior view of the main meeting/program room which is off Sixth Street.

WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE? Visit for a comprehensive overview of the plans for the new library and regular updates on progress. Please contact us anytime at



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