2018 First Floor Remodel
Construction Begins Monday, January 8
Meeting Rooms and Restrooms Closed to Public
Societal and technological shifts are changing the way members of the Glen Ellyn community use the library. Here at the library, we continue to design new spaces to accommodate the Glen Ellyn community’s evolving needs.
We renovated the 2nd floor to give our adult members a space to meet, create, collaborate, and learn. We renovated the Youth Department to give our youngest members a space better suited to their needs.
Now we’re excited to finish the first floor renovation.
What To Expect
Listening to our members’ needs, this next phase will create a new entrance and welcoming lobby area, consolidate Circulation’s workspace, reconfigure the large public meeting rooms, update the public restrooms, and add two new features: a drive-up window and a café. The project is estimated to take approximately five months.
The library will begin construction on the first floor remodel on Monday, January 8. The contractors will build a temporary wall, closing off the meeting rooms and the restrooms. Working within that space, they will create new, updated public restrooms and a new work area for the Circulation Department.
What Will Be New
Drive-Thru Window: Allow members to quickly pick up and return items without leaving their vehicle
Café: Operated by an outside vendor, the café will sell hot and cold beverages as well as snacks.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What will the redesign entail?
The vision includes a new Circulation Desk area, drive-up window, a café, and reconfigured large group meeting rooms.
Who will operate the cafe?
A concessionaire for the café has not been found yet. A Request for Proposals will be sent out in January to find a concessionaire.
Where will the funding coming from?
Funding will come from the library’s Building Reserve Fund for ongoing maintenance. The Glen Ellyn Library Foundation will also donate over $48,000 toward the building of a cafe.
What steps will the library take to ensure construction does not exceed the budget?
The library hired Shales-McNutt Construction Management Firm to ensure the redesign project stays on budget. 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, renowned for their library renovation work, most notably the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Niles Public Library, Vernon Area Public Library, designed the new space.
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.