Building a Better GEPL

Youth Department Remodel

What You Will See  |  What Will Become Better  |  Timeline and Budget  |  FAQs  |  Questions?

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Rendering of Entry View For Youth Remodel


Societal and technological shifts are changing the way members of the Glen Ellyn community use the Library. Here at the Library, we are designing new spaces to accommodate the Glen Ellyn community’s evolving needs.

We recently renovated the 2nd floor to give our adult members a space to meet, create, collaborate, and learn. We’re excited to now give our youngest members a space better suited to their evolving needs.

What You Will See:

Rendering of Kids Activity Wall Area

Expanded Youth Program Room: The program room will be enlarged to accommodate more people for youth programs.

A New Middle School Room: A space dedicated just to Middle Schoolers will be created toward the front of the department. Middle Schoolers will no longer have to walk through the children’s play area to search the shelves for books and entertainment.

Children’s Interactive Play Area: The area will feature interactive play panels for children of all ages, a pinwheel shaped discovery activity table, a walk-up LEGO wall, interactive magnet board, and custom puppet theater for imaginative play.

Early Reader Nook: The nook will have oversized seating that fits both an adult and child comfortably.

Improved Furniture: Additional appropriate seating for all ages – youth to adult – will be added throughout the department.

What Will Become Even Better:

Rendering of Picturebook ShelvingBooks: The majority of our materials budget will be spent purchasing and housing books both physically and electronically.

Music, Movies, Periodicals and Games: These products will continue to be purchased and housed in an updated display area.

Digital Collections: Our digital collections will continue expanding to keep pace with our community’s demands. Currently, the GEPL provides over 41,000 digital eBooks, music, magazines, movies and databases. These materials can be located under the Digital Library section of the website.

Programs: Our library will continue creating great family-oriented programs.

Tentative Project Timeline:

Construction is scheduled to begin in September 2015 after Labor Day and conclude in December 2015.

Projected Project Cost:

The redesign will cost $1.109 million.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Rendering of Youth Remodel

What does the redesign entail?

The Library’s Youth Department will be redesigned. The remodel will create a flexible, accessible, and user-friendly space for kids and parents. The new space will be an interactive and imaginative area in which children can learn and play.

Where is the funding coming from?

Funding for the project will come from the Glen Ellyn Public Library’s Building, Equipment, and Maintenance Fund.

What steps has the library taken to ensure construction does not exceed budget?

The Library hired Shales-McNutt Construction Management Firm to ensure the redesign project stays on budget once more. Shales-McNutt has a strong history of managing library renovations including the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Barrington Area Library and Gail Borden Public Library.

Who designed the GEPL’s redesign plans?

Product Architecture + Design who is renowned for their library renovation work, most notably the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Niles Public Library, Vernon Area Public Library.

Will the Library remain open during construction?

Yes, the library will remain open during construction. Dumpsters and trucks will be visible in the parking lot. Construction employees will park in the commuter lot. The library will take measures to ensure not to take up more parking than necessary.

The Youth Department will be temporarily rehoused in the Library’s Meeting Rooms during construction.

How were redesign plans developed?

The Library conducted a series of open invitation focus groups in 2010. The redesign plans were crafted after careful consideration for the Glen Ellyn Community’s evolving needs.

Will self-check machines remain accessible?

Self-Check machines on the 2nd floor and near the Circulation Desk will remain available for member use. The Self-Check machine in youth will be temporarily placed in the Circulation area, making it still accessible to members.

Will materials be removed?

Because the Youth Department will temporarily move locations during the construction, members will not have direct access to all of the youth department materials during this time. What is not contained on shelves inside the meeting rooms will be in storage.

Will new materials appear at the library during this time?

While new materials will still be processed, the timeframe may be a little slower than usual. We encourage all members to take advantage of the over 41,000 downloadable eBooks, movies and audiobooks available under the Digital Library section of our website.

What will happen to the existing library furniture?

Any discarded library furniture will be repurposed or recycled.

What educational trends are affecting the GEPL?

There are a lot of educational trends that affect youth today, such as STEAM, Common Core State Standards, and American Association of School Librarian’s Standards for the 21st Century Learner. Technology is also a huge trend in education, and not only various technologies as tools within the classroom, but learning about technology and the increase of various e-formats now available for students.


If you have any questions about the Glen Ellyn Public Library redesign, please contact our Library Director, Dawn Bussey.