2018 Phase III Interior Renovations: Circulation and Meeting Room
Construction Begins Monday, January 8
Meeting Rooms and Vestibule 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 third and final phase of our building renovation project.
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 bathroom fixtures, service desk, and the flooring in the vestibule and Circulation areas are original to the building, which opened in 1995, and in need of replacement. The project is estimated to take approximately five months.
The library began construction on Monday, January 8. The contractors built a temporary wall, closing off the meeting rooms and the restrooms. The southwest doors of the entrance will be closed during this part of the construction, the southeast doors remain open. 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 Phase III renovation 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.
Where will the new entrance be located?
The new entrance will be about the same distance from the library parking lot as the current entrance but it will face directly south, with offset interior doors, to create greater energy efficiency.
Who will operate the cafe?
A concessionaire for the café has not been found. A request for proposals was sent out in January to find a concessionaire. You can access the request from the library’s website.
What will happen to the stained glass windows behind the Circulation Desk and folk art map of Glen Ellyn currently hanging in the Circulation area?
The stained glass windows and the folk art map will be preserved and relocated within the library.
What will happen to the existing library furniture and fixtures?
Any discarded library furniture or fixtures will be repurposed, recycled, or be disposed of appropriately.
Where will the funding come from for the Phase III Renovation?
Funding will come from the library’s Building, Materials and Equipment Fund for ongoing maintenance. The Glen Ellyn Library Foundation will donate $50,000 toward the building of a cafe.
What steps will the library take to ensure construction does not exceed the budget?
The library has hired Shales McNutt Construction, a 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 Phase III Renovation?
Product Architecture + Design, who is renowned for their library renovation work, most notably the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Niles Public Library, and 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.