2017-11-12 / Front Page

New location will double size of St. Charles District Library

By Jeanne Marcello
Staff Reporter

ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles District Library recently purchased the former Community State Bank - Loomis Operations Building to serve as the library’s new location. The library will be moving out of its current building at 104 W. Spruce St. to 132 Saginaw St., which is downtown, adjacent to Victorian Purses by Sue.

Library director Nannette Pretzer said, “It’s 7,700 square feet. It’ll double the size of our current library.” She explained, “The State Bank came to us. We were able to purchase the building at a very reasonable price. This was a much more affordable way for us to expand, than building from the ground up.” A group of library designers are currently working on the design for the new location. Pretzer anticipates receiving the design later this month. If they need more shelving, it will take a few weeks to order, she explained.

In addition to having more library space, Pretzer hopes to be able to offer more programming opportunities, more events and places for the community to meet. The new location also offers more parking for library patrons.

“We have paid for the building through donations and grants. The Loomis family made a substantial donation last year,” Pretzer said. She commented it’s ironic that the Loomis family’s donation would later be used to purchase the building the family previously owned.

The St. Charles District Library will continue to accept donations for the building fund.

Pretzer anticipates moving into the new building sometime in the spring of 2018. She said the St. Charles Downtown Development Authority will help with the moving costs.

As for the future of the old building, she is unsure. She talked about the possibility of selling it, but other options will also be considered.

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