St. Charles Library Closes March 9, Relocates To Haines During 14-Month, $18.6M Renovation

St. Charles Library Closes March 9, Relocates To Haines During 14-Month, $18.6M Renovation

The St. Charles Public Library will be closing on Monday, March 9 for an estimated three to four weeks to accommodate the move to its temporary location.

The library will be housed at the Haines building at 305 S. 9th Street in St. Charles for approximately 12 to 14 months during the $18.6 million renovation and minor expansion of the St. Charles Public Library building that will modernize and upgrade much of the library’s current space.

During the closure, patrons can access the library’s online resources, place holds on materials and pick them up at any library in the SWAN consortium, and return checked out materials at any of the community book drops or neighboring libraries.

The library’s entire collection will be relocated to Haines. Select items will be available for browsing, including new books and bestsellers, with a majority archived and retrievable by staff.

Patrons can access computer, print, scan and fax services. Adult, teen and youth programs will be offered at various locations throughout the community.

Individual program locations can be found in the library’s quarterly newsletter or at scpld.org under “Events.”

The library’s construction project will commence at its official ground-breaking ceremony scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, April 5. The public is invited to attend.

Visit scpld.org/library-renovation-project for more information about the library’s renovation plans.

More About The Move

This is a floor plan of the St. Charles Library’s temporary location at Haines.

  • March 1: Library programs, events & concerts will be held at offsite partnering locations. Check the library’s newsletter and online calendar for more information.
  • March 1: Community Meeting Room and Study Room spaces will not be available during our renovation.
  • March 9: The Library will be CLOSED temporarily for an estimated three to four weeks. The library’s online resources are available 24/7. You can also use your card at neighboring libraries.
  • March: During the closure, return materials to any SWAN Library or any of our St. Charles Library book drop locations. Items will not be due while we are closed.
  • April: Temporary location will be open in April! The library’s entire collection will be available.
  • April 5: Renovation begins. The Groundbreaking Ceremony is set for 2 p.m.

The Library Renovation Project

The St. Charles Library Board of Trustees has approved preliminary concept plans for an $18.6 million renovation and minor expansion of the St. Charles Public Library building that will modernize and upgrade much of the library’s current space to ensure that it will be a popular destination and a cherished community gathering place well into the 21st century.

Reading room.

Plans for the modernization and expansion of the St. Charles Public Library have been in place for over a decade, with the Library’s Board of Trustees voting to approve our commitment to do so back in 2008.

Through deliberate planning and responsible financial stewardship, the Board of Trustees has since been able to set aside $13.6 million in the library’s special reserve funds to finance the bulk of the project.

Click here to view a full timeline of the past 10 years of the library’s planning efforts.

More than a year ago, the library embarked on a months-long planning, assessment, and input process to determine what the community would like to see included in the new Library renovations. The library partnered with Kimberly Bolan and Associates to hold staff and community input sessions and conduct space needs assessments.

This process resulted in creation of the current concept plans developed by Sheehan Nagle Hartray Architects.

Library Changes

These plans currently call for the following changes to be made at the St. Charles Public Library:

  • Updating the building infrastructure to include a new roof, HVAC system, new elevators and other crucial maintenance items.
  • Construction of a new entrance on the east façade of the library building to add access to all levels through a new elevator, increase the library’s visibility on Main Street and increase parking efficiency.
  • Teen room.

    Rearrangement of the main library floor to create a “grand reading room” complete with fireplaces, tables, and furniture.

  • Incorporation of the historic original Carnegie Building space into the everyday life of the library through the addition of study rooms and a quiet reading and research area.
  • Construction of two new community meeting rooms, one on the main floor and one on the lower level in Youth Services to host increased amounts of patrons for popular library events and programs, as well as meetings and other gatherings for outside community groups and businesses.
  • Construction of a terraced garden next to the new entrance along the east façade of the building to allow more natural light into the Lower Level and for the incorporation of green program space.
  • Addition of a drive-up window on the south side of the building to allow for quick patron service.
  • Addition of an outdoor patio seating area at the site of the current entrance on the southeast corner of the building overlooking the terraced garden.
  • Addition of a Makerspace room for collaboration on artistic and digital projects.
  • Renovation and expansion of the parking lots to allow more spaces and safer pedestrian access to the building.
  • Relocation and rearrangement of staff work areas to allow for increased efficiency and better usage of Library space.

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