Steps to a great new library

Learn the background of why a new Main Library was needed, see key steps in its development, and the people who have led the project.

Leadership

(http://champaign.org/about_us/construction_news/project_history/leadership)

The new library was created through a three-way partnership of the Library Board of Trustees, Library Foundation Board of Directors, and the City of Champaign.

Timeline

(http://champaign.org/about_us/construction_news/project_history/timeline)

Work on the new library began in the fall of 2005. The building opened in January 2008.

Background

(http://champaign.org/about_us/construction_news/project_history/background)

Learn why a new library was needed and follow the early planning process.

Groundbreaking Celebration

(http://champaign.org/about_us/construction_news/design/project_history/groundbreaking)

The library hosted a festive groundbreaking celebration on September 1, 2005, with jazz music, a treasure-filled sandpile for kids to dig in, and speeches, of course.

Meeting room pavilion steel

The steel structure for the new meeting room pavilion went up in January 2007.