In anticipation of our Community Conversations meetings beginning this evening, we have revamped the blog with updated information and images! Please take a look around and if you have any questions, contact us. Join us this evening for the first of the Community Conversations from 6-9pm in the Library Auditorium. Staff and consultants will be available … More The Our Next Chapter Blog has been updated!
Join us for Community Conversations about our new building! Wed, Oct 3 • 6–9pm Thu, Oct 18 • 12–6pm Sun, Nov 4 • 1–5pm We invite all Lombard residents to stop by the Library on these dates for Community Conversations held in the basement auditorium. Library staff and consultants will be available to discuss the … More Community Conversations
Gewalt Hamilton, an independent traffic consultant, was hired by the Library to conduct a traffic study, review parking requirements, and provide recommendations for vehicle stacking at the proposed drive-up service window. The traffic engineering conducted several surveys of traffic including each intersection around the Library site from Main Street to Elizabeth Street and from Park Avenue … More Helen Plum Traffic and Parking Study
The Helen Plum Library has met with village staff several times over the past few weeks to discuss new building plans we outlined on our website in February. These plans have been carefully designed to not encroach on agreements with the Lombard Park Board or impact Lilacia Park. Other concerns have been raised by the … More Building Update 4.24.18
During the January 9, 2018 Helen Plum Library Board meeting, Trustees agreed to move forward with a new building plan that complies with the Park District’s existing air rights. The concept, previously presented in September 2017, includes an East and West Pavilion joined by an enclosed above ground walkway connector. During the past two months, … More Building Update 2.1.18
It has come to the attention of the Library that a petition may be circulating requesting that a referendum be placed on the November 6, 2018, election to reduce the Library’s limiting rate. The Library has received advice of legal counsel that there is no legal authority for such a petition drive. Any questions should … More Question on the Library’s Limiting Rate
Question: Can voters within the Helen M. Plum Memorial Public Library District (the “District”) initiate a future referendum to lower the District’s general library tax rate of .60% pursuant to Section 18-120 of the Property Tax Code, as amended (the “Code”), to “undo” the Limiting Rate Referendum that was passed in November of 2016 (the … More Rates in the Public Library District Act of 1991 are not subject to the provisions of the General Revenue Law
The Helen Plum Library has presented a proposal to the Lombard Park District that does not encroach on the Park’s air rights and will be built only within the Library’s property. Details of that design are being reviewed with library staff and trustees over the course of the next 2 months. Concepts require further development … More Building Proposal 10.20.17
Why isn’t the Helen Plum Library considering other locations for the new building? Preserving our significant, unique historical link to both Lilacia Park and the Plum family is important to us as well as the history of Lombard. The Library currently has more than 255,000 visitors each year. Moving the library to another location would … More What about other locations?
The additional revenue received from the .216 tax increase voters approved in November, 2017 is currently being held in an interest earning Capital Projects fund. The interest on that fund will be added to help reduce the eventual borrowing costs. Once the building plans are approved, the funds will be spent on bond payments for … More Where is the Money Going?