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Beyond the Bookshelves: What’s happening with new library plans

Kane County Magazine

The city of Geneva’s Plan Commission will review Geneva Public Library District’s application for a new building at 210 S. Sixth St., Geneva, at 7 p.m. Jan. 25.

The planned unit development application provides civil engineering plans, parking and traffic studies, elevations and more.

The library seeks approval for a three-story public library with 77 off-street parking spaces. This hearing is the next phase in a process that began more than two years ago when the library board met with members of the community and conducted a needs analysis of the facility, concluding that it made the most fiscal sense to build a new library that offered the space and services the community needed.

Currently the library has the smallest building per resident of any peer library, and the proposed 57,000-square-foot facility will place Geneva Public Library District just above the average.

The library’s PUD proposal establishes a mini zoning district just for this building, and adjustments to the residential zoning code ordinance occur mostly in response to community feedback received from public forums.

To reduce the view of the parking lot, architects created a park-like setting with fewer parking stalls (77). They also minimized the appearance of the height of the building, while still remaining at or below the height of the former Sixth Street School building. The building is partially buried 4 to 6 feet below grade at the corner of Sixth and Campbell, while the top story is set back from the perimeter. 

Meanwhile, library officials are working with Geneva Park District officials on plans for a new playground at the corner of Sixth and Franklin streets.

Keep up with new building plans at Contact us anytime at

We are closed Jan. 26 for staff continuing education. We are always open at

The Librarian Recommends: Youth Services Assistant Manager Lisel Ulaszek says fans of “Gone Girl” and “The Girl on the Train” will enjoy “The Couple Next Door” by Shari Lapena. Marco and Anne Conti, a seemingly perfect couple, leave their baby asleep in her crib while they attend a dinner party next door. They check on her every half hour, but when they return, Cora is missing. Suspicion immediately falls on Marco and Anne, who have been keeping secrets from one another. Just when you think you’ve figured it out, the story takes another twist.

Paula Krapf is public relations and marketing manager for Geneva Public Library. The “Beyond the Bookshelves” column runs the third Thursday of each month. Feedback can be sent to

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