Merlo Library Renovation and Modernization
Merlo Library is on schedule to open by the end of 2nd Quarter (by June 30th). It was not on the same schedule as the rest of the library re-openings since it was a gut restore. Staff is in the final stages of preparation to ensure it opens smoothly. We can’t wait for it to open either! It will be beautiful and state of the art! As the opening date gets closer, we will post it on our website and newsletter.
Merlo Library opened its doors to the public September 14th, 1942. It underwent major renovations in 1988 (30 years ago) and in June 1993, was renamed for John M. Merlo, a local community leader and longtime Chicago politician.
Mayor Emanuel, Alderman Tunney and Chicago Public Library Commissioner Brian Bannon announced the renovation and modernization of the approximately 15,000 square foot library. Architect selected for the project is world renowned Ross Barney Architects. The project will be managed by Public Building Commission. Investments will be made to the facility and in library programming to provide a modern, state-of-the-art branch to the Lake View community.
The renovation and modernization of the Merlo Library will help children, families and seniors grow in an already tremendous community asset. Improvements also include an early learning play space for children, a dedicated teen space which includes YOUmedia digital media lab, additional seating, additional meeting and study spaces and refreshed collections. The branch will also have digital skills training available to patrons of any age through the library’s CyberNavigator program. Commissioner Bannon states, “The expanded building will provide more space for children to learn, teens to create, and adults to gather as community members”.
Other renovations include repairs to the building’s exterior and façade, upgrades to the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, refurbishment of elevator and the installation of new furniture and equipment.
The library will be closed during renovations from March 1st, 2019 through June 2020. The alternate library during this construction is:
Lincoln Belmont Branch
1659 W. Melrose
If you had a book on hold for pick up at Merlo prior to its closing, you will find it at the Lincoln/Belmont branch above. If you wish to pick-up at a different location, please update the location in your online account HERE or call 312.747.4300.
Below are additional branches near Lakeview.
Lincoln Park Branch
1150 W. Fullerton
929 W. Buena
The Program for New Libraries
Early Learning Area for Children
Area for School Age Children
YOUmedia Digital Lab and Area for Teens
Spaces for Technology
Spaces for Family and Intergenerational Programs
Adult Reading, Working and Meeting Areas
Community and Study Rooms
Merlo Library’s renovations are not visible from the outside but on the inside, construction is in full swing! These pictures are from September 5th, showing both 1st and 2nd floors nearly cleared, ready for brand new walls and ceilings.
Meeting and study rooms are transparent and flexible so they can serve many functions, from one-on-one interviews, to small working groups, to large music and dance programs
Public areas allow for quiet reading and community engagement
Please contact Esme Borrero in my office at 773-525-6034 or via email at Esmeralda.Borrero@cityofchicago.org any questions about the renovations to Merlo Library.