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?
A master space plan for the upcoming renovation was approved by the Carol Stream Public Library Board of Trustees at the December 2017 Board meeting. The approved master plan (click here to view) features an outdoor patio, a vending cafe, and an expanded learning-through-play area. Youth and Adult Services areas will get complete makeovers, including improved lighting/more natural light, updated welcoming interior design, more seating, and improved shelving. The plan also addresses structural improvements that will keep the current Library building functional for many years to come. Click here to view artist renderings of the renovation. (Please note: colors and furniture have not been chosen. The artist's renderings are only meant to provide a feel for the new space and layout.)
When will the project start and when will it be completed?
The first part of the renovation project was to conduct a space-usage analysis, develop a masterplan, and submit it for Board approval. The final master space plan was approved at the December 2017 Library Board meeting. 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?
The majority of the project will be funded 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. 33% of the cost of the project will cover capital project costs that would need to be addressed over the next ten years. In December 2017, the Library Board approved exploring the sale of the property on Kuhn Road as a possible funding source for the renovation project.
How are you gathering community input?
As part of the strategic planning process in 2015, the Library conducted a community survey (with 325 responses) and ten focus groups. The community identified improving the Library's physical space as a major issue that should be addressed. A second survey was conducted in July 2017 requesting input on what specific changes the community envisioned. Click here to see full survey results. There will be additional opportunities for community input as the plan moves forward.
How can I learn more about this?
The Library is hosting two public forums. The first one was held on Sunday, February 18 at 1:30 p.m. Click here to view the presentation as a PDF. Click here to view the companion informational handout. A second forum will be held on Sunday, March 25 at 1:30 p.m. Similar to the first forum, we'll give a short presentation about the project timeline, plans, and current status, and then we'll take questions. No registration is required. If you're unable to make those meetings, you can also contact us.
- December 2014: The Library finalized its Strategic Plan. One of the goals identified in the Strategic Plan was to create a welcoming library environment to attract and engage the community.
- Spring-Fall 2017: The Library worked with Product Architecture & Design to create a master space plan.
- December 2017: The final master space plan was approved at the December 2017 Library Board meeting. At this meeting, the Board also approved exploring the sale of the Kuhn Road property as a possible source of fuding for the project.
- January 16, 2018: The Library Board of Trustees met with the Village Board of Trustees to discuss options for funding the project.
- March 29, 2018: The Carol Stream Village Board of Trustees unanimously approved the Library's request for a $2,000,000 loan to make up the deficit in the funding of the Library's renovation project.