What You Need to Know About the Library Renovation

  • August 8, 2019

Library Spaces
During Phase 1, all library departments and services will be moved to the main level. There will be no access to the Youth Services Department, Teen Room, Austin Room, and study rooms. This includes most materials. The Youth Services Department and Young Adult Department will have temporary spaces on the main level with small collections and technology available. When construction on the lower level is concluded, the main level will be closed off and all services will move to the lower level. We expect Phase 2 to begin in November or December. At this time, Adult Services and Patron Services will create temporary spaces on the lower level including a small collection and computers. We will continue to offer great service, just in close quarters. We appreciate your patience during this time of change.

Access to Materials
In the Library
Access to library materials will be limited during the renovation. During Phase 1, the Adult Services collection on the main level will be available. Most of the Youth Services and Young Adult collection on the lower level will be unavailable. Small portions of these collections will be brought up and made available for check out. During Phase 2, the Youth Services collection will be available, but other collections will not.

Holds & Interlibrary Loan
Patrons will still be able to order books from the library’s consortium as well as outside the system through the interlibrary loan. If you are interested in ordering a book from the SWAN Consortium, you can pick the materials up at any member library including the Oak Park Public Library, Berwyn Public Library, and Elmwood Park Public Library. If you have questions, please ask!

Library Services
During the renovation, FPPL’s staff will continue to provide as many of our regular services as possible. Patrons will still have access to computers, printing and copying services, reference assistance, and more. Certain services will be unavailable due to space. These services include test proctoring, group study, study rooms, book donations, and book sale. To get referrals to similar services in the area, call the Reference Desk at 708-689-6125.

Library Programs
No programs will be held at the library during the renovation. Certain programs will be held off-site including ongoing programs like storytimes, Device Advice, and book groups. Other programs will be scheduled around the community. For a complete listing, go to fppl.org/events.

Youth Services & Young Adult Services
During Phase 1 of the renovation kid and young adult spaces and services will be slightly different. Check out the Parent Guide here.

Library Services During Phase 1
July 17, 2019

Library Services During Phase 1

  • July 17, 2019

The library renovation is set to begin in September. During Phase 1, the lower level of the library will be unavailable for the public as well as staff. All service areas and collections will be inaccessible. Certain services will be reduced or unavailable during this time.

Things to Note:

-Youth Services and Young Adult Services will be setting up temporary service areas on the main level. This will include small collections, technology, and other resources.

-These services will be unavailable during the renovation: Test Proctoring, Study Rooms, Group Study, Book Sale, and Donations. For alternatives, please contact the Reference Desk at 708-689-6125.

-We will continue to hold programs including book groups and storytimes off-site during the renovation. Find complete listings and locations at fppl.org/events.

-Computer access for adults, printing, copying, faxing, and scanning will remain the same during Phase 1 of the renovation.

If you have questions, please call us at 708-689-6125 or email at askus@fppl.org.

Library Renovation Update
June 20, 2019

Library Renovation Update

  • June 20, 2019

After months of careful planning, renovation on the Forest Park Public Library will begin in September 2019.

The Board of Trustees decided to move forward with the renovation in February 2018. Since that time, an architect and construction manager have been hired to create plans, organize the project, and assist with the bid process.  

The $1.3 million project will update both levels of the library including service areas and staff space. See the Virtual Tour here.

Phase One of the project will see the lower level closed to staff and the public. Youth Services and Young Adult Services will set up temporary spaces on the main level. This will include small portions of the collection.

During the first phase, the public will have access to the main level collection as well as the computers. Certain services and portions of the collection will be unavailable at times during the renovation. Specific information will be available in August concerning disruptions in services and programs.

In the late fall, work will be completed on the lower level and begin on the main level. During this time the main level will be closed to staff and the public.

Please follow the library’s website and Facebook page for updates.

Virtual Walkthrough

  • May 21, 2019

FPPL Wins $50,000 Construction Grant
May 12, 2019

FPPL Wins $50,000 Construction Grant

  • May 12, 2019

The Forest Park Public Library was awarded a $50,000 Live and Learn Construction Grant from the Illinois State Library. The grant will assist with the upcoming renovation slated to in the fall.

“We are honored to have been awarded this grant and feel that it will be put to good use,” said Pilar Shaker, Library Director. “These funds will assist us in creating library spaces that are accessible for everyone.”

The Live and Learn Grant Program assists public libraries with construction costs for their facilities. FPPL applied in the Remodeling for Accessibility category, this category is the top funding priority for the state grant program and require matching dollars from the winning libraries.

The funds will go towards updating the bathrooms to align with the Americans with Disabilities Standards for Accessible Design. This will include moving walls inside the bathrooms to allow for better wheelchair accessibility, creating countertops and sinks that accommodate wheelchairs, and purchasing ADA compliant fixtures.

“The library building was constructed in 1995 and ADA codes have evolved since then,” said Shaker. “Making our library more accessible is an essential part of this renovation.”

Grants are awarded based on recommendations from a state-wide committee following a review process. Each judge scores the application on a scale of 1-10 and makes a “fund” or “not fund” recommendation. FPPL received the only perfect score within the accessibility category.

FPPL’s renovation is anticipated to begin in September 2019. For more information, go to renovation.fppl.org.

Design Concepts
February 19, 2019

Design Concepts

  • February 19, 2019

What Your Renovated Forest Park Public Library Will Offer: 2019 will usher in a series of exciting changes for the Forest Park Public Library, all aimed at improving public spaces and services in a high-quality yet cost-conscious manner. Here are some of the features planned for the Library as part of its renovation project.

Library Begins Renovation
November 28, 2018

Library Begins Renovation

  • November 28, 2018

After many years of observation, conversation, and planning, the Board of Trustees has decided to update the Forest Park Public Library.

The library will undergo a redesign and renovation in 2019 as the centerpiece of its 2016-2019 Strategic Plan. With plans to reorganize the space within its current building space, the new environment will reflect the changing needs of the Forest Park community.

“The current building has gotten a lot of use over the past 23 years,” said Karen Childs, Library Board of Trustees President. “We are excited about making changes to continue to meet the needs of our community.”

Library use remains strong in Forest Park, but how people are using the library is changing. Demand for technology, meeting spaces, and workshops and classes continues to increase.

“The library is not just a place that houses books but serves as a place for people to study, gather, use resources and technology, and connect with their community,” said Pilar Shaker, Library Director. “This project is in response to community input as well as continuing to meet the library’s mission of providing education, entertainment, and empowerment to Forest Park.”

The project will be funded through existing capital savings with no new taxes or debt, or a reduction in services.

“Over the past five years, the Board has been contemplating updating the library,” Childs said. “During this time, we were able to save funds to put towards renovation without seeking additional funding from taxpayers.”

The selection process for a Construction Manager to represent the library during the renovation will begin in mid-Fall. Once a Construction Manager has been selected, more complete plans will be shared with the public and a public information session will be held.

For more information about the library’s renovation plans and to keep up-to-date on progress, visit fppl.org or email askus@fppl.org.