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A young man takes an ornament from the Giving Tree

The Giving Tree

Grab an ornament from the Giving Tree in the lobby of the Library through December 21. Shop for the item described on the ornament and return it to the Library by December 21. The gifts will go to residents of Home of the Sparrow. The Giving Tree is a project of the National Honor Society at Crystal Lake Central High School. Patron, Colin Rennhak, is pictured above selecting an ornament from the Giving Tree.

What's next?
Advisory Referendum Outcome

Thank you to those of you who have taken the time to learn the issues about the new Library building. The Advisory Referendum for a new Library did not pass.  The certified results from the McHenry County Clerk's office indicates that the vote was 10,701 "no", to 8,556 "yes." Without a Yes majority, the City Council will not issue the bonds for a new Library building.

Many are asking “what now?” The Library Board will soon be considering what next steps to take as the needs facing the Library will not go away.

While we are disappointed in the outcome, we are extremely grateful for the outpouring of support for our Library and will continue to do our best to provide the same quality of service to which we have always been committed.

Click here to view a thank you message from members of the Crystal Lake Public Library Board and Staff.


Below are resources for those of you who continue to have questions.

Calculate Your Savings by Using Library Materials

How much can your family save each year using Library materials. Click the link above to use our Library Use Value Calculator.


Read answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the Advisory Referendum.

Resource Documents

The Library Board has been seeking a long-term solution to the Library's building problems for many years. Below are the studies and expert opinions that have informed the Library Board as they consider options, the presentations and results of the FOCUS (Future of Crystal Lake Library Under Study) Community Engagement Sessions and a list of FACTS describing what the Library Board intends to provide in a new facility.

Take the Tour

Take a self-guided tour at the Library to see a model of the proposed building and challenges with the current building.


Architect's Renderings of New Building