A 21-person Citizen Task Force met four times to review studies done by a library planning consultant, plans and costs prepared by an architect and construction manager, financing options presented by a bond expert, and results from a survey mailed to all 17,000 registered voter households in the library district. In July, they recommended the proposal be downsized.
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Referendum Frequently Asked Questions
The estimated breakdown of use of proceeds would be as follows: 50% for renovations and construction; 30% for ongoing maintenance and operations, including materials, programs, and technology; and 20% for added staffing.
If voter approved, some funds would address necessary improvements to the Dundee Library:
- Increase the size of the children’s area
- Create more public space by repurposing administrative offices and the former Township space into areas for public use
- Provide multipurpose spaces for meetings, computer training, group study, and tutoring
- Address safety issues, such as repairing emergency exits and installing a sprinkler system
A new library would respond to the community’s need for equitable library service on both sides of the district, while balancing concerns about cost. The downsized proposal includes:
- Large early childhood area
- Larger collections for all ages
- Multipurpose rooms for programs, meetings, and group study
- Computer classroom
- Easy-to-browse shelving, wide aisles, and comfortable seating
Yes, a new library would replace the Randall Oaks Library, a temporary branch library in rented space.
A new library would be located on a site on Recreation Drive just west of Randall Road, close to the Recreation Center, baseball fields, and Dundee Middle School.
Yes, the Board of Trustees is committed to making improvements that will provide long-term flexibility. By eliminating space at the rear of the building without altering its basic design, it will be expansion-ready if population continues to grow. In addition, internal flexibility is built into the plan so that the building can adapt to our patrons’ needs.
The Fox River Valley Public Library District serves East Dundee, West Dundee, Carpentersville, Gilberts, Sleepy Hollow, and portions of Algonquin, Elgin, and Barrington Hills.
In a 2016 survey conducted by the PEW Research Center, 77% of Americans age 16 and older think libraries provide them with the resources they need. This is especially true for young people: 84% of those between the ages of 16 and 29 say this. In the last ten years, demand for service in our own district has grown. Circulation has increased by 219% and program attendance has increased by 166%.
Libraries remain relevant as training centers for computer and technology skills, literacy centers for adults and children, workspaces for students and business people, access points for Internet service, meeting spaces for people with like interests, and technology experts to help seniors navigate the rapidly changing digital world.
No. Only about 7% of Fox River Valley Libraries’ circulation is e-books. Satisfying the demand for materials in all formats, including print, audio, and digital, is a core function of the library. After 10 years of availability, e-book sales have reached a plateau and print continues to outpace digital.
The current tax rate for FRVPLD (20.9 cents) is one of the lowest in the county.
Borrowing costs remain near historic lows, and construction costs continue to increase. The longer the district waits to address facility improvements, the more it will cost.