• Paula Krapf

New library Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

A view from Sixth and Campbell streets showing new plantings and grass.

When will construction end? Construction details are wrapping up, with landscaping, interior finishes, furniture installation, and more underway at the new library at 227 S. Seventh St.

The porch "eyebrow" gets final detailing.

When is the moving date? We have begun the transition to the new library and will provide updates at as they become available. We are grateful to our essential building team and crews for their work on this project. To be safe during this time, they use smaller crews to provide for appropriate social distancing and work according to COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. We appreciate your patience as we work with a fluid schedule in response to COVID-19.

There's a lot of landscaping work underway!

Will you be closed during the move to the new library? We remain closed to the public following Gov. Pritzker’s Stay at Home order which has been extended through April 30. While we’re staying safe in our homes we look forward to seeing you online at GPLD Connects, where you can receive a variety of Library-approved services designed to educate, inform, entertain, and more! Go to to get started.

When will you open? Due to the Stay at Home order, this remains a fast-changing situation, and we will continue to actively monitor reports of COVID-19 and follow guidance from the CDC, Illinois Department of Public Health, the State of Illinois, and Kane County Health Department. The safety of our community and staff are our primary concern right now. Please continue to check our website,, for ongoing updates. We thank you for your patience and understanding. Meanwhile, you can view interior photos of the new library at

What will happen to the current library? There is a public bidding process required, and the date is still to be determined. Will this delay cost me more? We're honoring our commitment to taxpayers to keep the cost to approximately $100 per year for the owner of a $300,000 market value home. What kind of landscaping will you have? We have a robust plan that includes planting approximately 70 trees, 40 shrubs, and ornamental grasses. We will also plant lilac shrubs, which were once featured prominently at the former Sixth Street school. Lilacs are also a feature at 127 James St., so planting lilacs at the new library continues the tradition.

This view from Seventh Street shows the Reading Rotunda (top left), landscaping, light fixtures, and signage in place.

Will Nick Bottom make the move? Yes, and we've got the perfect new home for him!

Will you have coffee? We will offer vending options in the new library for your convenience, and we encourage you to visit the great coffee shops in town. Cocoa Bean is one block away from the new library on Seventh Street, and Graham's 318 Coffeehouse is approximately three blocks away on Third Street.

Will there be a playground? Yes, we have an intergovernmental agreement with Geneva Park District to construct a playground at Sixth and Franklin streets. They hope to begin work later this spring. See the plans at Will you have spaces for quiet activities as well as group projects in the new library? Yes, we'll have a Reading Rotunda on the second floor that overlooks Seventh Street; it's a bright, sunny space with comfortable seating. At the other end of the second floor, we'll have the Collaboration Zone, with booths, and tables for groups or individuals where they are free to talk. We'll have additional active and passive spaces throughout the new library for you to enjoy.

How will we know what is happening with the current and new library? Check for updates. You can enjoy some recent photos at

WE ARE STILL AVAILABLE TO HELP: While we are closed through April 30, we are still here to serve you. Contact us via email,, and phone, (630) 232-0780. We are here to assist you and can help you get a library card, access your account, use our Digital Library, get tech support for your devices, find book recommendations, and more.


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

• six 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 such as videos and podcasts

• 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. Architects also examined the history of the area as an industrial corridor and tied some of those elements into the design.

* The colors and texture of the buff-colored terracotta are reminiscent of Fox Valley limestone prevalent in the area while the stacking of the tiles was inspired by the courthouse that has a uniform, almost terracotta-like appearance due to the use of matching brick and mortar.

* The old lumber mill and the Pope Box Company which cladded many of the former industrial buildings along Seventh Street were inspirations for the vertical expressions seen in the design.

* 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.



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

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