In 2021, it will be twenty years since the Chicago Ridge Public Library completed its expansion, nearly doubling in size. Today, our library is being used differently than it was when we built the addition. Furniture, flooring, finishes, and wiring have become worn and outdated. It is time to renew and re-imagine our space to meet the changing needs of our community.
In 2018-19, the Chicago Ridge Public Library surveyed library users, community stakeholders, and library staff to gain insights on what improvements need to be made to the library, including its physical condition and spaces. Using your input, the Library Board of Trustees hired the architectural firm Product Architecture + Design to design a new space with the goal of improving patron experience and creating inviting, flexible spaces where patrons can work, play, relax and read.
Between October 2020 and March 2021, the renovation was completed. We are ecstatic to officially unveil our new space to you and hope you're as happy with it as we are! We offer our thanks to our architects, construction crew, and our patrons who have been so patient and understanding during this time.
Join library staff, village leaders and our Chicago Ridge community as we celebrate the Chicago Ridge Public Library's grand reopening. We will have our ribbon cutting ceremony at 1:10pm, followed by games, music, group tours of the new library, and fun for all ages! We'll also have some free new books for children donated by the UPS Store in Chicago Ridge!
This will also serve as our kickoff event for our 2021 Summer Reading Program, "Reading Colors Your World!"
Masks & social distancing will remain in place for this event. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation!