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Building History

The Glenview Public Library was founded by a group of visionaries in the midst of the Great Depression. From the original home in the historic Village Hall on Prairie Street to the move to a permanent facility in 1955, the Library has spread its roots in the same corner of downtown Glenview, evolving with the aspirations of each new generation.

After additions in 1968 and 1986, the determination was made to replace the 50,908 square foot Library with a new 85,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility, reflecting the demands of a culturally diverse population in a rapidly changing technological society. The new Library's location, size, design, and function were debated for over a decade. In the end, a plan for the new Library emerged, one that looks toward the future while respecting deeply cherished historic foundations.

Inherent in the Village's Downtown Development Plan, the Glenview Public Library was to serve as an anchor for the downtown business district, while providing a cultural center in the heart of the Village. Emerging from the formal Building Program, developed by the project architect PSA-Dewberry, Inc. and with input from the Glenview Library Joint Administrative Committee, the vision of the new Library incorporated several driving principles:

A flexible and versatile design approach with respect for fundamental elements of library service, while planning for future technologies

A location accessible by multiple modes of transportation, amidst downtown businesses, residences, and parks

Expanded community meeting and program spaces

Quiet areas of study

An architectural style, rooted in historic motifs and weaving in contemporary influences, was developed to bridge the different generations that a public library serves. Recognition of environmental responsibilities was paramount in the planning process. Reduction of storm water impact and overall energy consumption were addressed, as well as sustainability in infrastructure design and choice of building materials. The creation of a professional work environment for librarians, volunteers, and support staff that reflects a commitment to the profession and to the community, while fostering patron and peer-to-peer interaction, were other important design considerations.

Each feature so thoughtfully designed for the new building encourages the Board of Trustees and the Staff to dedicate the future to the core mission to educate, enrich, inspire, and entertain...the new Glenview Public Library, a decade in the making and a legacy to the generations.

Fast Facts


85,000 square feet

Project Costs


Opened to the Public

October 9, 2010


368 general public seats
278 public meeting room seats


Total Collection: 414,683
Total Print: 270,169
Total AV: 42,584
Total ePrint: 72,171 (eBooks & eMagazines)
Total eAV: 29,759


Catalog = 25
Express = 6
Genealogy & Local History Room = 2
Public Computing Area = 26
Technology Lab = 22
Teen Scene = 4
Youth Services = 12/4 AWE

Glenview Library Cardholders



72 per week


Full-time: 43 Part-time: 84

Architect & Interior Design

PSA-Dewberry, Inc.


PSA-Dewberry, Inc.
Cowhey Gudmundson Leder, Ltd.

Landscape Architect

Schoppe Design Associates, Inc.


Bulley & Andrews, LLC
Owner's Representative
The AT Group, Inc.

Updated January-20-2015