Macomb Public Library
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Campaign for the Future - Macomb Public Library

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Thanks, Macomb! From the library board

6/28/13 - Thank you, Macomb! We reached our goal to match the state grant.

The Macomb Public Library first opened its doors on October 29, 1904. For over 100 years the library has served our community as a hub for activities, information gathering, and learning. Since then, the library has grown in books, patrons, and services...but not in space.

Due to increased demand in services and technology, the 10,000 square foot building has become inadequate. Groups of children are turned away from programming because they can’t fit into the space. Work space, leisure reading space and storage is extremely limited. Safety issues arise due to limited space, an unsafe fire escape, and an inaccessible 3rd level that is off-limits to the public.

Not only is the library too small to meet Macomb’s growing needs, it is in need of major repairs. But, we have a plan...and an opportunity.

The Macomb Public Library has been selected for an Illinois Public Library Construction Grant of $2.4 million for a building expansion. To receive the grant, the library must raise $794,000 to match.

The Plan For the Future

  • Raise $794,000 for a 10,000 square foot expansion, doubling the size of the current building.
  • Preserve historic integrity of the Carnegie Library.
  • Enlarge space for additional computers and technology.
  • Design inviting area for young children with program area.
  • Dedicate area for young adults.
  • Provide community meeting space for workshops, book clubs, and other community use.
  • Expand workspace and reading areas.
  • Improve accessibility to the library and all collections including a grade level entrance and separate entrance for deliveries.
  • Update aging heating and cooling systems along with wiring and plumbing.
  • Beautify the existing building making this a showpiece for visitors and locals alike. This is the one remaining city building that has not undergone renovations.


Help us make this renovation a reality!

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There are other ways to contribute:

  • Check with your employer to see whether they will match employee contributions made to charities.
  • Donate stock.
  • Remember the library in estate planning.
  • Participate in fundraising.
  • Volunteer on a committee.
  • Spread the word to family, friends, and organizations.

For more information on giving, please contact the library board president, George Wanamaker, at 309-255-2406, or contact the fundraising campaign co-chairs, Melissa Inman and Judy Kerr, at 309-833-2714.