Geneva Library Still Aiming To Complete New Building By Spring 2020

Geneva Library Still Aiming To Complete New Building By Spring 2020

Construction crews have gotten a lot of work completed on the exterior of the new Geneva Public Library under construction at 227 S. Seventh St., and work is now focusing on the interior of the building.

Library officials say the work should be completed by the spring of this year. Library services will then be moved from the present site on James Street to the new location on Seventh. An opening date has not yet been set.

The following are few images along with answers to frequently asked questions about the library in Geneva.

For more information and updates, check out the library’s Building Our Future page.

When will construction end?

We hope to wrap up construction in the spring of 2020.

What’s next?

Once construction is complete, there are several steps we must perform before we can move to the new library, including reviewing the punch list, undergoing inspections, installing furniture and shelving, setting up the network, tagging the collection, and packing at the current library to prepare for the move.

When is the moving date?

The moving date will depend on the timeframe required for the punch lists, inspections, and installations.

Will you be closed during the move to the new library?

We will close, but dates are not yet set for our move or opening day.

What will happen to the current library?

There is a public bidding process required, and the date is still to be determined since it is based on the library’s move to 227 S. Seventh St.

Will this delay cost me more?

We’re honoring our commitment to taxpayers to keep the cost to approximately $100 per year for the owner of a $300,000 market value home.

What kind of landscaping will you have?

We have a robust plan that includes planning approximately 70 trees, 40 shrubs, and ornamental grasses. We will also plant lilac shrubs, which were once featured prominently at the former Sixth Street school. Lilacs are also a feature at 127 James St., so planting lilacs at the new library continues the tradition.

Will you have coffee?

We will offer vending options in the new library for your convenience, and we encourage you to visit the great coffee shops in town. Cocoa Bean is one block away from the new library on Seventh Street, and Graham’s Coffeehouse is approximately three blocks away.

Will there be a playground?

Yes, we have an intergovernmental agreement with Geneva Park District to ensure a playground remains on the site. The park district held a public meeting in September to select the playground design for Sixth and Franklin streets.

The start date for installation will be determined later. See the plans at



The 57,000-square-foot building will include:

  • enhanced collections and programs
  • 76 off-street parking spaces
  • drive-up convenience to pick up and drop off books and materials
  • a variety of meeting areas
  • exhibit space
  • outdoor reading spaces
  • ADA compliance, making it accessible for all

The community can enjoy using a variety of new spaces that offer:

  • enhanced collections
  • a quiet reading and study area
  • an indoor/outdoor fireplace
  • two outdoor balconies
  • bookable study rooms
  • two meeting rooms that can hold a variety of programs
  • a demonstration kitchen
  • a collaboration zone for group projects or solo work

Library service will be expanded to include: 

  • a technology area where you can use or check out equipment, take classes, and create digital works
  • a craft room for classes and drop-in projects
  • lab spaces for experimenting

SOURCE: Geneva Public Library website