Repairs Update: Project Continues at Steady Pace
Projected Reopening Date: Mid-May
Pictured above: the former Circulation Desk and self-checkout machines have been removed. A new nook has been built to accommodate passport application processing, which will have seating and privacy for patrons. (Top photo: March 2021. Second photo: January 2021)
Future Drive-Up Service Window and Materials Return Drop
Pictured above: A portion of the wall on the east side of the building has been knocked out. A new drive-up service window and return drop will be built in that portion of the wall.
Future Location for Automated Materials Handling System and Lobby Return Drops
Pictured above: the new automated materials handling system will be installed in this area (the Circulation Desk is located to the right of the opening). A glass wall will be installed and two new return drops will be located in wall. Patrons will be able to watch their materials travel along the conveyor belt of the new automated materials handling system. The return drop on the far wall in this photo is the drop that faces the parking lot. This drop will remain, but the return drop facing Paddock Street will be removed permanently (replaced by the drive-up service window on the east side of the building).
New Program Room in Youth Services
Pictured above: Youth Services, view of the new program room that will be used for storytimes, programs and meetings. For perspective, the space in the foreground of the photo is where the Youth Service desk was located.
Entryway to Youth Services
Pictured above: the walkway into Youth Services has been widened to meet social distancing standards.
Stairwell Leading to the Lower Level
Pictured above: repairs to the building’s HVAC system are conducted in the stairwell leading to the lower level. Lighting above the stairs is also being improved.
Pictured above: materials near the Beacon in the Adult Services department are covered with plastic to protect them from construction work.
Storage Containers Hold Contents of Library While Building is Closed for Repairs
Pictured above: three storage containers in the parking lot currently hold most of the Library’s contents while construction is taking place. Some book shelves remain inside the building and are covered with plastic for protection.
Crystal Lake Public Library Building Update
The Crystal Lake Public Library is offering all-virtual services as repairs and renovation work expand to the interior portion of the building. Since the State of Illinois implemented stricter guidelines due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in the community, the Library took advantage of this time to close the building and proceed with the improvements, which will take several months to complete. Closing the building and having staff work remotely enables contractors to finish the work in a much shorter time period. While the building is closed, CLPL will continue to offer its eLibrary collection, virtual services and virtual programs.
Critical repairs are scheduled for Fall 2020/Winter 2021. An updated assessment of the condition of the Library building identified critical areas of repair to address, which include:
o Leaking – Resealing of the building including tuckpointing, replacing failed windows, resealing perimeter, repairing the roof
o Safety –Tripping hazards in parking lot, walkways and stairways; insufficient exterior/interior lighting
o HVAC (Heating, ventilation, air-conditioning) – Repair/replace components of the Library’s three HVAC systems that are at, or past, end-of-useful life
New Service Amenities
- A drive-up materials return drop and drive-up service window will be added to the east side of the building, two amenities that have long been requested by the community
- An automated materials handling system will be installed, which will shorten the amount of time materials are listed on a patron’s account
- New self-checkout stations will be installed
- Public and staff space within in the building will be reconfigured to meet social distancing requirements for COVID-19
The Library’s Aging HVAC System – Need for Ventilation
o Ventilation standards under COVID-19 require more fresh air brought into the building and upgraded filter systems
o Evaluation of Crystal Lake Public Library’s fragile, aging HVAC system by professionals revealed areas of great concern that impact the number of people who can safely be in tight spaces under COVID conditions
The Importance of Efficient HVAC Systems in Public Buildings
The “missing link” in the transmission of the (Corona) virus is related to HVAC systems in public buildings such as schools and libraries, according to Stephen Ashkin, president of The Ashkin Group, an international consulting firm working in the professional cleaning industry.
“Good ventilation is crucial to reducing the transmission of the (Corona) virus,” Ashkin said in an article on CleanLink.com. “Scientific studies have found [that] people are over 18 times more likely to contract the virus indoors than outdoors, illustrating the importance of ventilation.”