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Discover your library: Renovation in the works at St. Charles Public Library

Sl. Charles Public Library
Sl. Charles Public Library

Over the past 18 months, the St. Charles Public Library has been gathering community feedback, analyzing services, assessing our facility and creating preliminary concept designs on a new library building. With your help, we are able to move forward with renovation plans for our library. This project will include two new meetings rooms, expanded parking, accessible elevators for all floors, a dedicated teen space, a terraced garden and more. These plans align with our five-year strategic plan.

The Library Board of Trustees has approved an $18.6 million project and will move forward with schematic designs for the building. We are committed to fully renovating our current building (it will look like a different library when you walk in) and we will add a modest 9,000 square foot addition to accommodate the meeting room space and accessible elevator. Our project is 73 percent funded from library reserves with the board looking into funding alternatives for the remaining $5 million. There are no plans to raise our levy (your taxes) to fund this project.

For more detailed information about our project including board presentations, cost estimates, draft concept plans, and a history of the project, visit our website at www.scpld.org/library-renovation-project. We will be scheduling community meetings throughout the year so that you can remain updated and provide feedback as we move forward.

During the summer, I plan to schedule guided tours of the library to give you a unique look at some of the areas of our building that most people don’t usually see and to answer your questions about future plans for the library.

For questions, comments, or feedback about library future services and this project, please contact me at 630-584-0076 ext. 273 or email ecraig@scpld.org.

Edith Craig is director of the St. Charles Public Library District. The “Discover Your Library” column runs the second Thursday of each month. Feedback can be sent to editorial@kcchronicle.com.

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