Rolling Meadows Library plans for next building addition

 
 
Updated 4/8/2018 7:16 PM

Months after unveiling its new lounge and small group study rooms, the Rolling Meadows Library is preparing for its next expansion.

While the 1,625-square-foot west side building addition that opened last August is intended for public use, the proposed 1,100-square-foot expansion on the north side of the building adds space to the library's existing receiving room.

 

It's expected the new space will provide more room to house the stock for the Friends of the Library's book sales.

"It's not quite as exciting in a sense that it's not for direct patron use in the way the west wing was, but it's very necessary for us," Library Director David Ruff said.

The library board last week voted to spend $1,500 for a topographic survey that would be used to develop blueprints.

The library has budgeted $350,000 for the work -- to be paid with reserve funds -- though more precise costs would be determined after preliminary designs are completed, Ruff said.

The Friends' book stock is stored in a 338-square-foot area of the garage. Boxes filled with books -- up to 50 pounds a box -- are sometimes stacked up to 12 boxes high. By freeing up space in the garage, officials hope to have more room for furniture, equipment and supplies.

"We can really spread things out and can have deliveries directly into the building, instead of where we currently have to shuttle things in-between," Ruff said.

The building addition would essentially put a roof over an existing cement slab where trucks pull up to make deliveries. When the city council approved last year's building addition, it also gave approval to the receiving room expansion that was being contemplated.

Construction isn't expected to take place until a year from now, and is projected to be completed by the summer of 2019.

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