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Repair and Renovation Project Updates

During 2015, the Library will be engaged in a year-long repair and renovation project. The project will provide our patrons of all ages with a more comfortable environment and updated services that meet the community’s commitment to a first class library, education, accessibility and environmentally sustainable practices. Please refer to this page for periodic updates on our plans and progress.

11/24/2014

On November 18, 2014 the Board of Trustees of the Wilmette Public Library voted to send a $5.5 million construction project out to bid. All of the funding required for the project is available in the Library’s capital reserve fund.

The project is designed to address three main areas:

- The HVAC Heating and Cooling System. The Library’s current system has components that are 25-60 years old. The new equipment will be more energy efficient and will provide better temperature control throughout the building.

- Restrooms. The new restrooms will comply with current accessibility requirements and provide easier access for families with small children.

- Updates and renovations to various spaces in the building. The Youth Services department and the Current Periodical Room will be reorganized to provide better services, and additional study rooms will be installed on the second and lower levels.

The results of the 2013 community survey informed the plans for the project, as the Library staff have strived to create more comfortable spaces, provide more study areas, and continue to develop services that promote literacy. In addition, every effort is being made to make use of sustainable, environmentally friendly options wherever possible. The Library intends to remain open during the estimated year-long construction process.

The architect for this project is Paul Steinbrecher of Interactive Design Architects, who provided design direction for the Library’s 2009-2010 revitalization project. Frederick Quinn Corp. will provide construction management services and 20/10 Engineering Group are the engineer consultants.

Bid Legal Notice

Friends Board Meeting Minutes

Most recent

March 10, 2014 (Adobe .pdf document)


Library Phone Numbers | Staff E-Mail | Directions

 

Contact Us

For reference questions, submit an e-mail form or call Reference at 847-256-6935.
Mailing address: 1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette, IL 60091-2558
Fax number: 847-256-6933
Comments about the website may be directed to Website Staff

 

Library Phone Numbers

Main Number
847-256-5025
Circulation
847-256-6947
Community Services
847-256-6925
Interlibrary Loan
847-256-6955
Reference
847-256-6935
Recent Arrivals Desk
847-256-6930
Youth Services
847-256-6945

 

Staff E-Mail

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Directions to Wilmette Public Library

  • From the south: Go north on Green Bay Road. Turn left on Wilmette Ave. Turn right on Park Ave. Library is located on the corner of Wilmette Ave. and Park Ave. Parking lot is on the north side of the building. 
  • From the north: Go south on Green Bay Road. Turn right on Wilmette Ave. Turn right on Park Ave. Library is located on the corner of Wilmette Ave. and Park Ave. Parking lot is on the north side of the building.
  • From I-94 (Edens Expressway):from the South - exit at Lake Ave. East. Go east on Lake Ave. a little over 2 miles. Turn right on Park Ave. • from the North - exit at Rt. 41/Skokie Blvd. Turn left (east) on Lake Ave. Go east on Lake Ave. a little over 2 miles. Turn right on Park Ave. 

Mass transit options include CTA, Metra, and Pace.

 

Welcome to the new website

Content and navigation have been streamlined to make it easier to find what you need and to discover new ways to use the Library.  This new website reflects the spirit and look of the recent renovation to the first floor of the Library.

New features:

  • Library events and programs are featured prominently on the web site. 
  • A new calendar application makes it easy for users to set up a reminder of an event or e-mail details of the event to a friend.  
  •  Registration for some events may be done online. 
  •  Visitors to the web site may add their e-mail addresses to newsletter mailing lists that are of interest to them such as youth events or book clubs.   This e-mail feature includes an easy opt-out on each email received. 
  • A convenient sitemap link is available at the bottom of every page so you can easily skim the topics of every page of the website
  • A search box to search the catalog or the website is prominent on every page.

The Library's new web site will continue to provide access to the services and programs you have come to enjoy from the library.

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