The DeKalb Public Library expansion campaign is about more than a building. Under-served populations in our community depend on us for services, programming, and information that enrich their lives. In our current space, we cannot meet their needs.
FOR PATRONS WITH DISABILITIES
With no elevator, access is severely restricted for the elderly and people with disabilities. These patrons must go outside and use ramps to move between the lower and main levels. The second and third levels are entirely inaccessible to them.
FOR PATRONS WITH LIMITED RESOURCES
Many of the 30 percent of DeKalb residents who live below the poverty line rely on our free computers and Internet access to live and learn in today’s world. But we do not have enough of these resources to go around.
To serve these individuals and our entire community, we must address these issues:
- We have insufficient space for our physical collections. Each time a book is added, one must be removed to make room.
- We are not universally accessible to the elderly and people with disabilities.
- We lack space to archive and catalog our unique local history collections.
- We cannot accommodate the increasing number of patrons who bring laptops to the library to work, only to find a lack of both seating and electrical outlets.
- We lack space for designated study or quiet areas. When programs are running, patrons have no place to escape from the noise.
- We need more meeting space to accommodate our programs and demand from community organizations.
- We need infrastructure to become fully wired.
- We are an official city shelter on especially cold or hot and humid days, even though our heating and cooling systems are outdated.