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An overview of work on the new library


Drone footage captures work along Campbell Street.

Workers have installed much of the terracotta siding needed for the north side (facing Campbell Street) of the new Geneva Public Library under construction at 227 S. Seventh St. Crews are getting ready to install terracotta on the south side of the building (facing Franklin Street) by installing brackets and insulation.

Library officials are working with their building team to update the construction schedule and hope that construction will be complete around the end of the year. The opening day will be determined at a later date.

WHAT WILL THE NEW LIBRARY FEATURE?

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

-> 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 closer look at the most recent terracotta installation along Campbell Street.

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

Our community can enjoy using a variety of new spaces that offer:

• 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

> 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

WHAT ARE PLANS FOR THE PARK ON THE SITE? The Park District held a public meeting earlier in September to select the playground design. The playground will be located at Sixth and Franklin streets. The start date for installation will be determined later.

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 gpld.org and our Facebook Page as we know more.

WHERE CAN I KEEP UP WITH PROGRESS? Check back at gpldnewbuilding.org for a comprehensive overview of the plans for the new library and regular updates. Please contact us anytime at Board@gpld.org.


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GENEVA PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICT

127 James Street  | Geneva, IL 60134 | 630-232-0780 phone | 630-232-0881 fax

contact us anytime at board@gpld.org