After decades of smart spending, grants awarded, and generous donations - the Caseyville Public Library is excited to announce that WE’RE EXPANDING!
We have an exceptionally qualified team and we are confident that we will build a library that meets all the needs of the community. The team for the building expansion includes, but not limited to: Library Board of Trustees, Library Staff, Bond Architects, and Library Building Consultant - Frederick Schlipf.
Phase I Complete: The evaluation of the existing facility, Phase I, determines if it is feasible for the Library to renovate and add onto the existing building (Option 1) or if a new Library should be constructed on the existing site (Option 2). The evaluation team includes Bond Architects, Bric Partnership LLC, Larson Engineering Inc. and Civil Design Inc. The assessment is based on a visual examination of the site, building, and building systems. In addition, the team ordered a boundary and topographic survey.
LORI EVERETT, AIA, LEED AP
“The library upgrades will result in a space that will better serve the community and provide support for the adjacent school for the next 20 to 30 years. From discussions with the library board members, it’s evident that Caseyville is an engaging community with an appealing small-town feel. The library is an essential part of this community and because of this, they want to ensure that they are providing the best services and support for their patrons with a facility that is ‘warm and inviting,’ and a ‘community hangout’
with the flexibility and square footage needed to provide a variety of functions.
It’s clear from current conditions that the existing building is greatly undersized. With the added square footage provided by a building expansion or new building, the library could offer far more services including space for community events, study rooms, increased programming for children, teens and adults, and a local history and genealogy area. In addition, the Library could better serve the needs of the adjacent school which recently closed their library. There are plans to have copies of all student textbooks in addition to bilingual books and reference material for the large Hispanic population in the community.
During the initial two meetings with the Library, the staff and board members identified the highest priorities for the expansion to be providing meeting rooms, study rooms, and an enhanced Children’s Area.”
The Library has been looking at how the community currently uses the Library and it’s resources and seeking input from you, the community, to determine the appropriation of funds.
How does the community currently use the Library? What resources are important to the community? What resources should the Library acquire, improve or expand on? Would you want a Genealogy Section? Maker space? A Community Garden? Fitness and Wellness activities?
Please click on the link below to access the survey. Your feedback is greatly appreciated!