The Benefits of a New Library


What are the benefits of a new Library facility for our community?

Strong schools and public services such as a public library support the high quality of life in our city. Crystal Lake is known as a desirable place to live and improving our Library will help our community continue to be a place where families want to locate. When families want to move to Crystal Lake – that is good for business, good for economic development, and, good for property values.

The long-term benefits reach beyond property values. CLPL, our Library, is a place to meet
and engage in learning opportunities for people of all ages. It is a place to lay the educational and cultural foundation for our children’s development. It is a place to enhance and that development throughout a lifetime. It is a place where the young can gain roots, a sense of tradition and master creative pursuits. It is a place where mature residents can stay current with an every changing world. And true to our mission, it is a place to learn, enjoy and explore through resources, classes, and interactive experiences.

Below are some of the benefits a new Crystal Lake Public Library will bring our community.

• a new, dynamic facility addressing our community’s needs now and for generations to come
• a symbol of the community’s pride and willingness to provide resources for all residents
• a community gathering place that will attract new residents and stimulate local business
• a building with integrated state-of-the-art technology throughout
• a building that will be adaptable and flexible to meet the needs for generations to come
• no more ongoing repair costs nor future requests for building updates (Doing “nothing” will cost $9.1 million in repairs.)
• small group study rooms for group collaboration, tutoring, quiet study, etc.
• better lighting throughout
• an expanded collection of materials, especially those deemed most popular to patrons
• better display of items and easier access to them (no more high/low shelves)
• automated materials handling which will greatly speed the return of materials to shelves
• more parking, with additional space at Paddock Street to accommodate Husmann overflow
• more and varied seating throughout for reading and study
• robust, reliable WiFi throughout the building
• electrical power available throughout the building
• a modern HVAC system that is both efficient and effective
• more computers for individual use and classroom learning
• expanded and updated children’s play area
• more programs, events, and learning opportunities for patrons of all ages
• more room for all interested patrons to participate or attend programs and events
• ground level access for all, but especially those with disabilities or families with strollers
• a drive-up book return
• large meeting rooms for community use
• entry space for display of local art, children’s awards, and traveling cultural exhibits

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