Open houses to inform residents of proposed new Fox River Valley library

  • Residents can view the plans and renderings for a new library proposed in West Dundee at upcoming open houses, including one from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Dundee Library, 555 Barrington Ave., East Dundee.

    Residents can view the plans and renderings for a new library proposed in West Dundee at upcoming open houses, including one from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Dundee Library, 555 Barrington Ave., East Dundee. Courtesy of the Fox River Valley Public Library District

 
 

Fox River Valley Public Library District residents will have another opportunity to review plans for a proposed new library in West Dundee.

In a series of open houses, which begin Thursday, Director Roxane Bennett will answer questions and provide updated information about the district's ideas for expanding its services, programs and facilities, according to a news release.

Library officials have been seeking input regarding future library development since last fall. Various information sessions and surveys have focused on renovations at the Dundee Library, 555 Barrington Ave., East Dundee, as well as the possibility of building a 75,000-square-foot library on the west side of the river.

The library board also voted in March to authorize the purchase of a $1.7 million site for the proposed new library, though officials won't close on the property until next year. The 11-acre property in West Dundee is adjacent to the current Randall Oaks Branch Library, a 5,000-square-foot facility within the Randall Oaks Recreation Center at 500 N. Randall Road.

At the five drop-in open houses held throughout the next few weeks, residents can check out the proposed renderings and floor plans for the new library, as well as the improvements anticipated for the Dundee Library, officials said.

The open houses are 4:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, 1 to 4 p.m. June 5 and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 7 at the Dundee Library, as well as 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and 5 to 8 p.m. June 6 at the Randall Oaks Branch Library.

Additionally, a public hearing about the land purchase is scheduled at 7 p.m. June 21 at the Dundee Library.

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