Construction of New Galesburg Public Library Scheduled to Complete in Early 2024


The Galesburg Public Library has the funding needed to complete the new Library facility after 15 years of dedicated work, community support and generous donations. Groundbreaking for the new library started last April and construction is scheduled to complete in early 2024. The Galesburg Public Library received a $15.3 million grant from the State of Illinois which covered 75% of the total cost of the library. The grant was submitted in 2013 and required a significant action plan and will require several years of follow-up actions in accordance with the grant requirements.

“We are so thankful for our capital campaign committee members that put in numerous hours to help us reach our goal. It has been amazing to see our community come together to support this project and the expanded services the new facility will bring to our community,” said Heather Sipes, Galesburg Public Library Foundation’s Executive Director.

The new library will blend with the character of the Galesburg historic district while the interior will feature a bright and welcoming environment for the entire community. Among the new spaces available for public use include a Community Room, Children’s Area, Teen Space, and a Skills Lab for teens and adults equipped with tools, equipment, and training simulators to develop skills for empowerment and independence.

The community can do a few things to continue to support the Galesburg Public Library and the Library Foundation:

Visit: Borrow a book, attend a program, use the Wi-Fi, or pick up a movie at the library.
Advocate: Tell community leaders and lawmakers how important the library is to you. Share with your friends and family the library’s offerings, and attend library board and City council meetings to stay up-to-date on library policies and decisions.
Volunteer: Volunteers contribute greatly to the success of the library. Opportunities include newsletter folding, assisting with programs, checking shelves for damaged or out-of-place items, add more.
Give: Donations allow us to build a new facility, develop new programs, add non-traditional items to our collection, and purchase new furnishings.

For additional information, contact Heather Sipes, Galesburg Public Library Foundation’s Executive Director, at [email protected].  To learn more about the mission of the Galesburg Public Library Foundation and how you can donate visit this link.

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