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Champaign Library Develops New Innovative Space at Douglass Branch

architect sketch, room interior of new innovative space

Architect’s sketch of new innovative space being developed at the Douglass Branch.

WE ARE THRILLED to announce the development of a new innovative space inside the Douglass Branch of Champaign Public Library. The Library plans to remodel an underutilized area of the current building at 504 E. Grove Street and transform it into a new space that provides access to technology and cultivates creativity in our community.

“We welcome the chance to focus on developing new resources at the Douglass Branch,” shared Library Director Brittany Millington. “And with the generous support of the Library Foundation and Library Friends, project funding is already in place. Design footprint and materials are currently being discussed.”

With a focus on sustainability, the materials under consideration—for example the acoustic panels in the recording booth—are made from recycled denim, plastic bottles, and scraps from upholstery and jeans factories.

The new creative space will offer innovative tech and programming resources, including a recording booth, for community members to enjoy and learn about while visiting the Douglass Branch.

Product Architecture + Design will design the space (see above for early sketch). Funding is provided by the Library, Library Foundation, and Library Friends.

Douglass Branch Library

The beautiful Douglass Branch stands in Douglass Park, just west of Booker T. Washington STEM Academy in north Champaign. 

About the Douglass Branch: The existing 6,000 sq. ft. Douglass Branch opened in June 1997. The building was designed by Olsen + Associates and is located at the south end of Douglass Park at 504 E. Grove St. The Branch offers many of the same collections and services as the main location, including free events for all ages, Chromebooks to check out, public computers with internet access, and a large meeting room.

About the Champaign Public Library: Serving as a vital community center welcoming every member of our community, the Champaign Public Library ranks in the top 3.5% of public libraries nationwide, and earns a three-star rating from Library Journal. Founded in 1876, the library has grown into a modern two-branch system that welcomes 2,000 visitors daily.

The Champaign Public Library offers books, movies, career help, creative workshops, and so much more. The Library inspires, informs, and connects our community. Learn more at

Posted 4/4/2024

For more information:

Brittany Millington
Library Director

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