Creative Studio coming soon, plus more ways to use our public spaces now

Some physical library spaces were closed due to the pandemic in 2020 and 2021. We used that time to apply for state and federal grants and to make big collections shifts and improvements.

The result? New, creative ways for us all to get more value out of our public library spaces.

Coming soon to the Main Library: Digital makerspace

The new Creative Studio on the Main Library’s third floor is expected to be finished by the end of 2022.

This robust digital makerspace will offer 3D printers, a laser cutter, laptops, a large-format printer for posters and other oversize print jobs, and a sound booth for professional-quality audio and video content creation.

Stay tuned for ways to give your input.

Now: More useful seating, indoors and out

Bring a book or your lunch to the south side of Maze Branch, where we have four new picnic tables with umbrellas. First-come, first-serve.
Pull up a chair and plug in your devices at one of 10 study carrels on the Main Library’s third floor. First-come, first-serve.

Patio seating at the Main Library and Maze Branch

Come enjoy the great new outdoor furniture at the Main Library and Maze Branch! 

We’re making better use of available outdoor space, thanks to American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) funds distributed through an Illinois State Library grant. 

Quiet nooks at the Main Library

On the Main Library’s third floor, we now have 10 study carrels.

They each have nearby electrical outlets, can comfortably seat two, and are great alternatives when study rooms are booked (which is often).

These were purchased also thanks to ARPA funds and the Illinois State Library.

Stay current on news and new arrivals.

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