The Studio Expansion Project

The Studio entrance

Completion is scheduled for summer 2023!

THE LIBRARY is expanding, building an 8,000-square-foot space on the lower level, called The Studio. The design includes a makerspace, computer lab, gaming area, and recording studios. This innovative area will be utilized for library programs, including hosting teens after school. 

The project includes adding a public staircase to the lower level, so The Studio and FriendShop Bookstore will be accessible by both elevator and stairs.

Made possible with support from the Library Foundation, Library Friends, and the City of Champaign.

Customers who have allergies or sensitivity to fumes or other irritants related to construction may want to use caution when visiting. We are happy to help you get what you need—with curbside service, Book Bundles, ebooks, and other options.

Architect’s sketches of The Studio


view of glass-walled staircase from 1st floor A/V area

View of new staircase to lower level.

The Studio entrance

View of entrance to The Studio.

The Studio computer area

View toward computer area on your right as you enter.

The Studio gaming area

View from computer area toward gaming area.


The Studio view toward makerspace

View from gaming area back toward entrance and info desk.


The Studio makerspace

View of makerspace.


The Studio view of sound booth

View from makerspace toward recording studios.

Architect: Product Architecture + Design

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 4.5% of public libraries nationwide, and earns a four-star rating from Library Journal.


Brittany Millington
Library Director

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