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The Lake Forest Library Foundation creates an endowment

Posted November 15, 2021. A Generous Past and an Enduring Future for Lake Forest Library Lake Forest Library was built on philanthropy. By providing the funding for the construction of the 1931 building, Mrs. Charles H. Schweppe and Mrs. Stanley Keith gave generously in support of community lite...

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Lake Forest Library Board approves prioritizing the dome and rotunda as a first step of the Capital Improvement Project

Posted August 10, 2021. As a first step of the Capital Improvement Project (CIP) to enhance and revitalize Lake Forest Library, on August 10 the Library Board approved prioritizing repair and restoration work on the dome and interior rotunda, and appointed the Library Board Building Committee to investigate next steps and solicit feedback and recommendations from the City of Lake Forest, qualified experts, Lake Forest Library patrons, and community organizations at future dates to be determined.

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Summer 2021 update

CIP Update: Summer 2021

Posted May 15, 2021. Thank you to everyone who attended the Capital Improvement  Project Public Listening Sessions with Lake Forest Library and HGA Architects. We appreciated your open minds as we presented on the project work completed to date and your meaningful comments on your hopes and ...

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CIP Further Reading

Posted April 19, 2021. The Lake Forest Library Board acknowledges its important role and responsibility in stewarding the historic 1931 Edwin Hill Clark building and ensuring it can flourish as a public library for generations to come. The historic building is a cherished civic asset in Lake F...

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CIP Public Sessions

Community Listening Sessions: April 2021

Posted April 15, 2021. Thank you to everyone who attended CIP Public Listening Sessions with Lake Forest Library and HGA Architects. We appreciated your open minds as we presented on the project work completed to date and your meaningful comments on your hopes and dreams for the Library. We we...

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What we know about the CIP to date

Posted February 19, 2021. The Library will remain at the 360 East Deerpath Road location based on community input. The Library will undergo a significant renovation, addressing the aging and obsolete infrastructure, as well as the significant ADA challenges, in the existing 1931 Edwin Clark build...

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Space needs

CIP Update: Spring 2021

Posted February 15, 2021. With the arrival of spring comes the promise of fresh growth and renewal. Likewise, the Capital Improvement Project seeks to revitalize and bring new life to Lake Forest Library. In large part, this revitalization is accomplished by restoring and creating flexible, mu...

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CIP Budget

Posted December 2, 2020. A comprehensive analysis, guided by principles of fiscal stewardship, yielded an all-inclusive budget for the Lake Forest Library Capital Project. This $24 million budget delivers a turn-key library that has been historically restored, expanded to accommodate new program ...

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Library Space Needs

Posted November 25, 2020. Whether you’ve browsed for a book or movie, attended a program, or weaved your way back to the elevator, you’ve likely noticed how the Library sometimes feels cramped. Despite the space constraints in our beloved historic building, Library staff have been endlessly innov...

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Community Engagement with the Capital Improvement Project

Posted November 20, 2020. On this Page How you engage with and provide feedback on the Capital Improvement Project Architectural Explorations: Preserved Historic Spaces Architectural Explorations: Flexible New Spaces Design Explorations No design decisions have been made, and we lo...

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