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Pardon Our Progress: Renovation Information

Plainfield Area Public Library is undergoing a very exciting self-funded addition and renovation starting in the spring of 2024! 

 

Move over, outdated furniture! Make way, well-worn carpet! We’re getting a new coat of paint and more! After 26 years, the time has come for an update. It’s a big project and we estimate it will take us about a year to complete. We are excited to bring new life into PAPL and can’t wait to turn the page to a new chapter for the Library and our community.

Throughout the renovation, our priority is to minimize disruptions to our service. So, while some things may look and work differently for a while, we will do our best to make our collections and services available to you. Be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok for current updates and construction news.  Questions? Contact us at info@papl.info or by phone at 815.436.6639.

 

Parking:

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Parking at the Library will be very limited and challenging during the renovation. 
Access to the Library lot will be available from Illinois Street and southbound Route 59. 

To view a map of parking options in and around the downtown area, click here

 

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

Budget section

Budget

How much will the project cost?

The total cost will be $10.5 million.

How is the project being funded?

The Library is issuing bonds for $9 million to be paid back over 12 years and is paying for the remainder using capital reserve savings.

Will my property taxes go up?

No, they will not. See the question above.

What measures were taken to save that amount of money?

The Library District made decisions in 2017 to reduce hours, eliminate positions and postpone building improvements to save money for a renovation.

 

Construction

Construction

Why is the Library expanding/renovating?

The current Library building has not been renovated since 1997. Back then, our community came here to check out books and conduct research. Today, our patrons still check out books, but they also use our computers and WiFi, attend programs, meet their friends, attend our events and much more. As the Library continues to change, it’s important that the Library evolves to best serve our community.

When will the project start?

We are planning on a start date of mid-May of 2024.

How long will the project take?

We are anticipating the project lasting about 12 months. Things can change, so be sure to check out our website and social media for updates.

What will the new space look like?

 

 

New Features

Services

Will you be closed during renovations?

We will need to close for a short period at the beginning of the renovation in order to move from two floors to one floor. Then, we may need to be closed intermittently during the renovation for safety reasons for a day here and there. Once the lower level renovation and the addition are complete, we will close for a short period to move from the upper level to the lower level in order to renovate the upper level.  We will do our best to stay open as much as we can. Closings will be posted on the website, social media and sent out through our eNewsletter.

What new services/features will you be adding?
  • A drive-through pick-up window
  • Outdoor programing space
  • New, expanded lobby
  • Group study room(s)
  • Updated children's learning area
  • A dedicated teen space
  • New larger meeting room on the upper level

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