• Paula Krapf

Trees added to new library landscaping

Updated: Dec 16, 2019

A look at one of the 70+ trees that will eventually be planted at the new library.

Landscaping work is underway at the new Geneva Public Library at 227 S. Seventh St. Several trees have been planted in parking lot islands; the landscaping plan calls for more than 70 trees to be planted on the site.

Crews have poured concrete for the parking lot and installed permeable pavers and sidewalks. In addition, crews are working on the interior of the new library, painting walls, installing carpeting, and more.

After consulting with their building team, Library officials hope that construction will be completed after the beginning of the year. The opening day will be determined at a later date.

The sidewalk along Campbell Street.


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

A view of the Quiet Reading Room (top). Below, the center window is the drive-through where library users can pick up and drop off materials.

-> 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  

A look at parking lot work underway.

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

A close-up view of the drive-through window (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 

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. You can view plans for the new park here:

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

Artist's sketch of new library as viewed from Seventh St.

For background on the planning/design process of the new library, go to:

To view artist's renderings of the new building, go to:



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