The library parking lot is currently undergoing major reconstruction. The project will be completed in two phases with half of the lot available for parking in each phase. There will be a period of time when the book drop is closed.
Depending on the weather, the project could take about four weeks. During this time we are offering longer checkout periods for most of our materials, making items due between October 5 and October 11. Check our eNews, social media, or this webpage for updates.
Book Drop Schedule
- The book drop is now closed until construction is complete.
Parking Lot Phasing
During the first phase (beginning September 13, ending September 22):
- The Clarendon Hills Road entrance will be closed.
- The drive and drop-off area directly in front of the library will be closed.
- The parking area directly south of the library including the accessible parking for persons with disabilities will be closed.
- The first three rows of parking that run north and south as well as the parking at the southern end will be closed.
During the second phase (beginning September 24, ending TBA):
- The Plainfield Road entrance will be closed.
- The delivery entrance will be closed.
- The book drop will be closed.
- The two parking rows on the west will be closed.
Information about the parking lot improvements
The parking lot asphalt is being removed down to the stone base. There are no specific problems with the parking lot. However, the parking lot is more than 20 years old and this type of construction is routine in maintaining parking lots. It’s important to do this so that the stone base doesn’t start to deteriorate, which would create much more expense. The project will be done in two phases and is expected to last about four weeks. Rain will impact the length of the project.
The parking lot project went to bid and 10 contractors bid on the project. The bid was awarded to the lowest responsible bidder (as required by law), J&R 1st in Asphalt, Inc., for a bid of $167,700.
You will also notice work being done on the building during this same time. The brick work is also routine for building maintenance purposes and consists of tuck pointing, applying sealant, and scraping and painting window lintels. This work is being done around the entire building and is expected to take about two weeks.
We also had 10 contractors bid on the brick project, which was awarded to the lowest responsible bidder, Slaten Construction, for $42,900.
The library has the money for these projects in our reserves; it does not impact monies for library services and operations.