The 7,000sf addition to the Lincolnwood Public Library enlarged by one third the usable space and permitted the reorganization and rearrangement of both staff support functions and many severely overcrowded collections. The addition permitted the Youth Services department to be properly separated from Adult Services, correcting significant acoustical problems in the former plan configuration. The building was completely renovated and reorganized to facilitate the fundamental service changes that had evolved, and the HVAC and electrical systems were completely replaced. North light clerestories were added to minimize the requirements for supplemental lighting in the public service areas.
The expansion space permitted the library to address serious acoustical functional deficiencies in the existing facility which resulted in the creation of a quiet study room to enable patrons to work undisturbed by other activities. Additionally a separate enclosed children’s activity area for presentations and school programs was provided.