• Paula Krapf

Site work begins on new library

Crews begin site work on the new library, including the start of a sidewalk along Campbell Street. The pedestrian entrance for the new library is shown in the center.

Terracotta installation is nearly complete on the new Geneva Public Library at 227 S. Seventh St. Recent work includes installing the large bank of windows on Seventh Street and the start of site work on the north side of the building — crews have poured concrete for the pedestrian entrance on Campbell Street — and they are grading the site for the sidewalk. Work on the parking lot is expected to begin in the next couple of weeks.

A view of the new library taken from Franklin Street looking onto Sixth Street. The main meeting room is in the forefront.


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

-> 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

Terracotta siding replaces the pink and blue insulation. This is a view of the south side of the library facing Franklin Street. The quiet reading room is on the upper left, and the balcony is in the center.

> 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

Looking on from Seventh Street. The quiet reading room is the round space on the upper level. Below that and behind the construction equipment is the drive-up, drop-off window.

This view from Sixth Street shows the main meeting room (left), the upper level balcony (center), and the two-story vestibule (right).

This view from Campbell and Seventh streets shows the site work for the sidewalk (far left). The windows on the lower level on the left look into the kids' space. The wavy section on the upper level on the left are the bookable meeting and conference rooms. The quiet reading room is on the upper level on the right.

Looking onto the main vestibule from Sixth Street as the sun begins to set.

WHAT ARE PLANS FOR THE PARK ON THE SITE? The Park District held a public meeting 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 and our Facebook Page as we know more.

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



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