GLEN ELLYN – Patrons of the Glen Ellyn Public Library can now pick up books and other library materials without having to leave their car.
The installation of a drive-up window at the library is part of a $1.7 million renovation of the library's first floor. The new drive-up window is now open to the public during regular library hours – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.
"The drive-up window is a great way for the library to continue meeting the needs of the community, allowing members to easily pick up and return items without leaving their vehicle," said Stephanie Blackwell, marketing coordinator for the library.
Next to the window is the library's new drive-up book drop, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Another part of the project involved moving the library's front entrance in order to make it more accommodating to patrons and easier for them to find their way around the library. The project also includes reconfiguring the library's circulation desk area and meeting rooms.
Patrons will soon be able to purchase hot and cold beverages, snacks, sandwiches and salads at a cafe inside the library, The Garden of Reading, which also is part of the renovation project. The cafe will be owned and operated by two local restaurateurs, Brian Duffy and Danny Sronkoski.
An estimated opening date for the cafe has not been determined, Blackwell said. Patrons have been asking the library to install a cafe.
Earlier this year, the Glen Ellyn Library Foundation presented a check for $50,000 to the library's Board of Trustees for the expansion project. The donation, the majority of which came from proceeds from the foundation's Jungle Book Ball fundraiser, will help fund the library’s new cafe.
The project is the third phase of the library's master renovation plan and follows the 2014 remodeling of the library's adult department and the 2015 remodeling of the youth department.