Our Construction crews are working hard on the Burnham side of the building, clearing away bathrooms and making way for new study rooms and office spaces. Our old Circulation desk is gone and on the second level, they have removed the safety glass which surrounded the original staircase. Next week, they will be cutting into... Continue Reading →
Yesterday, our construction crews completed a temporary wall sectioning off the Burnham (Ottawa Street/West) side of the library. On the first floor, they will be clearing out what was the AV room, Joliet Room, Circulation desk, Storytime Room and Youth Services Office to be converted into the new Local History area, Adult computer area, a... Continue Reading →
Check out our latest video update with photos from "the other side of the wall" showcasing our Ottawa Street Branch construction. https://youtu.be/_ku_8OMoQok
Beginning Monday, May 3, the Ottawa Street Entrance and lobby will be closed due to construction. Please use the Chicago Street entrance on the east side of the building. The Circulation desk and self checkouts will be near the Chicago Street entrance, right when you walk in.
Construction has begun! Staff will be moving work spaces, as well as our collection to accommodate construction. Construction will begin on the Chicago Street side of the building on the Chicago Street Entrance, as well as a new security office, which will be opened up to the public as one of Project Burnham's goals.
The bonds will be paid through library reserves and the Rebuild Illinois Community Development Initiative, a capital improvements grant. In the coming weeks, we will continue meeting with our architects and construction management team on design. Construction is expected to start early next year! We extend a heartfelt thank you to both Illinois Senator Pat McGuire, who... Continue Reading →
After an extensive RFQ process, SMC has been chosen as the construction management company for Project Burnham. SMC has worked on 12 Illinois public library remodeling projects and received glowing reviews. They will soon begin working with Engberg Anderson Architects and library leadership to finish the design. We are hoping to break ground in early... Continue Reading →
On behalf of the Joliet Public Library and our staff members, our Library Board of Trustees and friends of the library in our community, we would like to offer a heartfelt thank you to Illinois Senator Pat McGuire for choosing Project Burnham as a regional project for the capital appropriations bill. The funding from this... Continue Reading →
Joliet City Council approved the sale of bonds for Project Burnham, which will be paid off through state capital funding over the next six years.