New Library Building

Thank you to the Sandwich community for approving a new library!  Sandwich Library will receive $1,595,510 Illinois Construction Grant!
 The library passed a referendum to issue general obligation bonds on November 6 for $3,400,000, the remaining amount needed for the total project cost for the new facility.

Fiscal responsibility @ your library
The library purchased 5 acres of land on South Main St with existing funds. For years we have saved additional reserve funds for operating the new library. The new library will be designed to operate without additional staff & with maximum energy efficiency.
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History
We started as a volunteer project by the local Women’s Club in 1898. In 1925, the library converted to a tax-supported public library, but in 1940 the rented building it occupied was destroyed by fire. Our current 4,780 sq. ft. building was constructed in 1941. The library was built to house only 15,000 volumes. But our building is now 71 years old and holds more than 34,000 books, DVDs, audios and periodicals.

About our plans
The Board of Trustees researched many options including buying an existing building in our district. Few non-library buildings have floors strong enough to support the weight, high enough ceilings, required wiring, windows or parking spaces. New construction was found to be the simplest and most cost effective. 

The new library will enhance services to the public
It will provide a totally accessible place where people of all ages can gather together with:
Ample parking
24/7 Drive-up Book/AV Return Drop & Holds Pick-up
A larger selection of books, DVDs & audio items
More popular books for all ages
More computers for individual use & instruction with Wi-Fi and Fiber Optic Technology
A refreshment area for coffee, soda, water
Additional study areas, seating & work tables
A large meeting room with access for community groups
A children’s story & program room
2 study rooms
Youth computer lab area
Comfortable seating areas for individual/group study
Quiet reading areas with lounge chairs
Increased children, teen & adult programs

Library usage statistics
42,588 people used the Sandwich Library and we loaned 47,260 items last year. This does not include items Sandwich patrons checked out at other libraries. We are a member of PrairieCat, an online catalog of 200 libraries and Omni Overdrive, an online catalog for downloadable e books and e audiobooks.