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Crystal Lake Public Library Resource Documents and Studies

Below are the studies and expert opinions that have informed the Library Board as they consider options, as well as a list of FACTS describing what the Library Board intends to provide in a new facility.

September 2016 Informational Mailer - This document, published and mailed to City of Crystal Lake residents, was designed to outline the what and why related to the question that appeared on the November 8, 2016 ballot.

Crystal Lake Public Library Site Comparison Study - This document, created by architectural firm Engberg Anderson, describes comparisons for 24 sites investigated over a two-year period by the Library Board at the request of the Crystal Lake City Council.

Community Engagement Sessions - In the spring of 2016, hundreds of Crystal Lake residents gathered for a series of four FOCUS (Future of Crystal Lake Under Study) Community Engagement Sessions. At this site you will find Executive Summaries, Presentations, Work Activities and Verbatim Responses for each of the four Community Engagement Sessions.

2012 Library State Construction Grant Video - In April of 2012, the Library Board applied for a Library State Construction Grant. If the Library had received this grant, it would have financed up to 1/3 of the construction costs for a new building. Forty-nine Illinois Public libraries applied for the grant. A major criteria was economic need. The grant was not awarded. Crystal Lake Public Library was ranked 47/49. This video was filmed in 2012 to outline the problems the Library had at that time. The same problems remain today.

Aspen Institute Report from the Dialogue on Public Libraries Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries - This report explores ways in which communities can leverage investments in public libraries to develop richer information ecologies, build stronger communities and forge new partnerships for achieving local and national goals.

Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project - This link contains reports from a three-year study funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to determine the role of libraries in users' lives and in their communities.

FACTS - This document, created by the Crystal Lake Library Board, describes what the residents of Crystal Lake can expect to get in a new Library facility. This list was determined by community input from a 2011 Needs Assessment and a 2014 Community Survey.


The above link provides answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the problems with the Library building as well as answers to questions about the November 8, 2016 Advisory Referendum.


Click the link above to view videos about the issues and process related to the November 8, 2016 Advisory Referendum.