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Plainfield library considers referendum for new building

PLAINFIELD – At the Plainfield Public Library – where space is the No. 1 issue – the library’s board of trustees last week interviewed five architect firms for the design and construction of a new library facility.

The district is eyeing a 2016 referendum to alleviate space issues.

Space constraints continue to hamper the Plainfield Public Library District’s goal of bringing new technology to its community and building its collection. The library is in a 27,000-square-foot space meant to serve 75,000 people.

But the town’s population has exploded in the last two decades, Library Director Julie Milavec said.

“We need everything. We need study rooms. Community meeting spaces. More technology support,” Milavec said. “We just can’t house everything that we need on a daily basis.”

That’s why the library district is eyeing a 2016 referendum for a new facility. The library attempted to pass a referendum on the 2009 ballot for a new facility, but it failed.

Milavec said she is more optimistic about a 2016 referendum.

The Plainfield Library District’s board of trustees interviewed five design teams last week, narrowing the pool down to the Chicago-based Nagle Hartray Architecture and Engberg Anderson, which is based in Milwaukee and specializes in public library design.

The board likely will interview and vote on the finalists at its April 7 meeting.

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