In early 2012 the Lincolnwood Public Library District Board of Trustees began to evaluate library usage, and paid special attention to the number of cardholders in the community. At the end of fiscal year 2011 less than 30% of Lincolnwood residents held a library card*. This was a primary reason that the library board began a strategic planning process in July 2012. Through a series of in-person interviews and focus groups along with a community-wide survey, we learned that the outdated facility was one reason why residents weren’t using the library. The board and staff also had concerns and questions about the mechanical, electrical, plumbing and structural components of the facility.
In the current Strategic Plan that spans July 2013-June 2016, the board approved an initiative to “Visit a Comfortable Space.” This initiative includes the goal of “provide residents with a modern, comfortable and inviting library that offers a choice of public and private spaces for reading, studying, working, playing, talking, and engaging with one another collaboratively.”
In order to address the facility issues and meet the Strategic Plan goals, the library board conducted public interviews to evaluate architectural firms. Product Architecture + Design was hired to explore facility improvement projects and create a Master Plan. The report that follows summarizes the findings and recommendations of the Board of Trustees and library staff.
Your voice counts! We would like to hear from the community regarding the master plan. Send your compliments, complaints, suggestions, ideas, and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will compile the input and discuss at the September 18, 2014 library board meeting, held at 7:30pm at the library. Visitors are always welcome at library board meetings.
*Through many other smaller initiatives 46% of Lincolnwood residents hold a library card as of July 2014.