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Downers Grove Library board to hear design plans for $2.4 million interior renovation

DOWNERS GROVE – The public will have a chance next week to hear plans for a proposed $2.4 million renovation project at the Downers Grove Public Library.

The Chicago firm Product Architecture + Design will present designs to the library board at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 26 in the library's Meeting Room.

The public will be able to ask questions and add comments, according to library spokesperson Melissa Doornbos.

The interior renovation project is currently in the design phase, according to Doornbos, and construction is planned to begin in early in 2014 and be completed by the fall 2014.

The present library building opened in 1999. Its mechanical systems, roof, windows, and electrical systems are still in good shape after fourteen years, according to Doornbos, but its interiors have been heavily used.

Floors, furnishings, wall treatments, restrooms, and lighting need rejuvenation after years of normal wear and tear, along with changes in technology and public use patterns that have occurred since 1999. Plans also include improvements to the building's north entrance.

The project will not increase the size of the 67,000-square-foot building.

The library board has allocated $2,394,000 for the project from its 2013 and 2014 operating budgets, the existing Library Construction Fund, and accumulated financial reserves, officials said.

After the completion of the project, the library's collection of printed materials will be smaller to allow for more digital resources and group study spaces.

The library will remain open during the project.

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