Expanding and improving a library for significant population growth.

St. Charles Public Library
St. Charles Public Library Board of Trustees
St. Charles, IL

Despite previous additions to original Carnegie Library, the St. Charles Public Library felt a need to expand to accommodate the town’s projected population growth of over 10,000 in the next 10 years.

The new plan recommended doubling in size the existing 56,000-sf library as well as updating the existing building. A structural analysis revealed that the existing library was not capable of either horizontal or vertical expansion; thus any new addition must be structurally independent of the existing library. Several options were studied for locating the proposed building addition and new parking. The final scheme recommended expanding the library over an existing parking lot; renovating and rebuilding portions of the existing library; and acquiring land adjacent for new parking.

While waiting for a referendum to be put forth to the voters, several interior renovations were completed to improve circulation, expand the collection, and enhance the services provided.


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