Revitalizing a suburban central business district with a state-of-the-art library.

Des Plaines Public Library
Des Plaines Public Library Board of Trustees
Des Plaines, IL

The Des Plaines Public Library is an integral part of a Master Plan for redevelopment of this Chicago suburb’s central business district. The Plan’s goals were to revitalize a neglected downtown block, to improve the perception of the city, and to reenergize downtown development.

 In addition to the library building, the design also included streetscape improvements and neighboring retail buildings.

The design of the four-story, 82,000-sf library structure incorporates a skylit atrium over the entry lobby, providing patrons a visible and psychological connection between all four levels. Spatially open stacks and state-of-the-art data distribution contribute to the flexibility of the facility. Other spaces include a 200-seat community meeting room, a 75-seat theater, eight quiet study rooms, and a 12-station computer lab.

The library has been a successful catalyst in the revitalization of the surrounding downtown with new commercial and residential development following its opening. The library and its landscaped plaza have come to be the setting for several community events and ceremonies.


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