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What’s the history of the current Library building?

Building in three stages

The current Library building consists of three separate additions (pictured below), which when connected, have mismatched floor plates.

The original building of the Crystal Lake Public Library was constructed in 1965. The latest addition was in 1995, more than 20 years ago. This brought the size of the building to 40,000 square feet. The population of Crystal Lake was 28,000 at that time. The current population exceeds 40,000.

In response to the need for additional space in 2006, the Library began a reorganization project called “Project Shoehorn,” that did not change the footprint of the building.  Project Shoehorn was developed as a temporary solution to the Library space needs, designed to allow five more years in the building without major expansion. Project Shoehorn, completed in 2007, was intended to maximize use of the current space in order to make do for another five years.

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