Library Renovation Project


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As part of the Winnetka-Northfield Public Library District’s continuous effort to improve services to the community, we are planning to begin the following renovations in February 2018. The renovations being undertaken are informed by our strategic plan. Feedback and comments were solicited from the public, through a community survey and through a Library open house. The feedback highlighted the need for new functional work and study spaces, as well as the need for general updates to the conditions of the Winnetka Library.

Product Architecture + Design will be leading the design. The design is thoughtful in functionality, and authentic in keeping with the original mid-century modern architecture and design of the current building. The spirit of the open floor plan will continue within the existing building footprint, while creating new study room spaces and improving upon the current quiet lounge and meeting room spaces.
Please see below for the list of detailed renovations at each location.


  • Renovation of the existing bathrooms. This much needed refresh will provide not only an updated look but new sinks, toilets, hand dryers and changing tables.


  • Removal of asbestos ceilings on the main level; including the lobby, Lloyd and main reading room
  • New ceilings, which will provide better sound absorption; and new acoustic panels in the reading room to aide in sound absorption
  • New fire alarm
  • Addition of three new small group study/meeting rooms
  • Refresh of the quiet room to make it a more comfortable quiet reading and workspace
  • New LED lighting
  • Renovation of existing bathrooms to make them ADA accessible
  • New circulation desk
  • Addition of RFID technology, providing self-check kiosk options in the lobby and Youth Services areas and an automated return system


Frequently Asked Questions

Where will the proposed small study/meeting rooms be?
The rooms would be located on the main level of the Winnetka Library in the Adult Services Area.

Will we lose shelving space for books?
No. The proposed design creates new shelving areas that will allow for the same number of new materials to be highlighted right as you enter the lobby. The design allows for faster browsing and a better way to feature new books. We are committed to retaining the same or more shelf space for materials that we currently have.

What improvements are proposed for the quiet room?
New lighting, paint, carpeting, furniture and blinds.

How will the self-service option affect service?
We will retain the same great level of service and staffing that you see in the library every day. Self-checkout is an option for those who prefer faster service during busy checkout times. There will always be staff on hand to provide full service and assistance.

How much will it cost?
The project will be paid for using our current budget for capital projects and fund reserved for projects of this nature.

Will the library be closed at any time during the proposed construction process?
Yes, the Winnetka Library will be closed to the public for 20 days due to the abatement of asbestos in three major ceiling areas. However, the Northfield Branch Library will remain fully operational during that time. The closure is scheduled to be the month of February.

How long will the construction take?
Construction is going to be happening in phases with the first phase being the closure of the library to begin abatement. We expect the duration to be just about three months with the completion expected in May 2018.

Will Northfield restrooms be open during renovations?
Yes, the construction will be done in stages with one bathroom under construction at a time. Additional bathrooms will also be available for public use in the Northfield Community Room, which is located adjacent to the Library.

Will the Library be open for finals week?
Yes, we have delayed the start of construction to allow for finals week study sessions.


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