• Paula Krapf

A note to our community ...

Exciting things are ahead for Geneva Public Library as we transition to our new library at 227 S. Seventh St.! We're waiting for some final construction work to be completed to get the all-clear for our move, and we'll update you as soon as we know more. Meanwhile, we're packing, and although we don't have a moving date yet, we're planning ahead to ensure there is as little disruption to our community as possible.

Our move to the new library does mean we need to make temporary changes to some of our services.

Current changes include:

* We've extended due dates until May for your convenience. You can enjoy your books and Library materials for a longer period of time without worrying about them being overdue.

* What's coming up - We anticipate closing for four weeks during our move.Our online resources - from eBooks, eMagazines, eAudiobooks, eMovies, and tools for research, school, and work - are available 24/7 at

You can also use your GPLD library card at neighboring libraries.

We apologize for the inconvenience and ask for your patience as we prepare for our move to the new library. We're thrilled about all the services and resources we'll be able to offer our community in the new facility!

Keep up with future announcements regarding our move at


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

> 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 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.



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