Library Makeover: Coming Soon

The current Library building was built in 1978. Back then, our community came here to check out books, conduct research using bound encyclopedias, read newspapers, and, once in a while, use a microfilm machine. Today, our patrons still check out books, but they also use our computers and WiFi, attend programs, meet their friends and neighbors, and much more. As the way our community uses the Library continues to change, it’s important that the Library evolves to best serve our community.

In June 2014, the Library began developing a three-year strategic plan in order to determine how the Library can best support the residents of Carol Stream. Members of the community had the opportunity to contribute throughout the strategic planning process.

The final strategic plan, approved by the Board in December 2014, outlined four main goals. One of those goals is to create a welcoming environment to attract and engage the community. The first step in that process is to conduct a space-usage analysis that will provide us with recommendations to improve how we allocate space in the Library.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a space-usage analysis?

A space-usage analysis, also referred to as a Masterplan, is an in-depth review of how all space in our Library is currently being used. A consultant, who specializes in this type of work conducts the analysis and works with staff, Library Trustees and community members to identify areas that need improvement. Designs are developed, reviewed and refined until a workable masterplan is developed.

Who is conducting the Library’s space-usage analysis?

The Library has contracted with Product Architecture & Design (PA&D) to create a plan to optimize our current building. PA&D excels at creating attractive and functional spaces that fulfill the needs of the community. PA&D has created space plans for several local area libraries such as Glenside, Warrenville, and Glen Ellyn. Watch this space for exciting updates as the project progresses.

What changes will be made?

As a result of some initial brainstorming, improvements being considered include:

  • Improving the display and shelving of materials
  • Creating new spaces including a quiet reading room, vending machine/café area, teen/tween area and an outside patio
  • Updating the children’s area with a colorful child-friendly look and feel, expanded learning-through-play area and more seating
  • General improvements including improved lighting/more natural light, updated welcoming interior design, updated public bathrooms, improved control of noise levels, more seating, expanded and updated meeting room/event space, more study rooms, etc.

As the masterplan is finalized, watch this space for more information as to the specific changes that are included in the plan.

When will the project start and when will it be completed?

The first part of the renovation project is to conduct a space-usage analysis, develop a masterplan, and submit it for Board approval. We anticipate this phase will be finished by the end of this year. More information on the project timeline will be provided as the scope of the project is determined.

How will the Library pay for the project?

Funds are coming from our capital reserves – money we have in the bank to pay for these types of improvements. Facility repairs that have been planned for will also be addressed as part of this makeover.

How are you gathering community input?

A survey was conducted in July 2017 requesting input on this project. Click here to see full survey results. There will be additional opportunities for community input as the plan moves forward.