The Move

Last updated 5/8/2024.



So... WHAT'S Going On?

We're glad you asked! Read below to find out which areas of the library have been rearranged, and why.


2nd Floor - Local History & Genealogy | Programming | Makerspace

The second floor has become our local history and genealogy section, which was previously at the Lyons Branch, and a dedicated programming space/Makerspace. This allows patrons greater access to the local history and genealogy collection; allows staff members to plan more programs and accommodate more people at these events; and grants the community access to two dedicated meeting spaces: the Multipurpose Room (now available) and the Lyons Branch (coming soon).


Basement - Youth Department

The children’s department has moved downstairs for two main reasons: youth safety and to better accommodate all of our library services.

In the previous children’s space, it was difficult for staff to assist/supervise our youngest patrons and their families since the space sprawled among several rooms. Staff are now able to provide greater assistance for youth in the more open lower level, where staff have greater space visibility. Youth will also not have to use emergency exits/stairs if they have to evacuate in an emergency.


Lyons Branch - Friends of the Library Bookstore | Public Meeting Space | Programming

The Lyons Branch is now home to the Friends of the Library bookstore, which opened its doors to the public on May 1st, 2024. The venue will also soon serve as a public meeting space, and we will sometimes use it for library programs. 

Monday 10am - 2pm | Wednesday 1pm - 5pm | Saturday 10am - 2pm
(Hours subject to change for Lyons events)


Okay... So How Does This Impact Me?

We understand that things may be a bit confusing in their current state, but ongoing changes and the finished move will impact both our staff and patrons positively! Read below for immediate and future impact.


Programming & Meeting Space

The library has an official programming room that is also home to our Makerspace. This dedicated meeting space allows us to accommodate more people at library programs. In early 2024, we increased our Saturday hours and began to offer more programs. Our regularly occurring programs have returned to their typical schedule and now meet at the Main Branch.

Library staff will offer more programming for all ages throughout the week, including weekends, since we will have an allotted programming space, increased library hours, and greater staff time specifically for programming. Our staff members have a lot of fun, new, and exciting program ideas that we’re excited to plan for patrons.

When they're not being used for library purposes, the new meeting spaces at both the Main Branch and Lyons Branch will be available to community members and organizations. Click HERE to learn more about booking.



We finally have ONE location for ALL of our services, at the Main Branch! This is especially convenient for patrons who wish to use multiple library services in one visit. For example, a patron who wants to check out movies, browse the children’s section, and view our local history collection can now do this all in one visit.

Other library services at the Main Library have not changed. Individuals are still able to view and check out all adult items, use public computers, and access Wi-Fi without any interruptions.

Access to our genealogy department is still in progress, but will return to full functionality soon. Patrons are always encouraged to call the Main Branch to ask questions.


Other Positives

Staff Safety

Staff who previously worked at the Lyons Branch worked four to eight hours a day alone. There have been times when staff have felt unsafe working alone. With all library staff in one building, our staff will never work alone. We will always have at least three staff in the building at all times.


We appreciate your ongoing patience!

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please call (563) 242-8441 or email Thank you!