Taj Mah-Library

[Updated 7/18 with links to more coverage, at bottom.]

Dimensions, features and amenities planned for the new DeKalb Public Library have been lifted from “A Building Program for the DeKalb Public Library,” September 19, 2009. The plan is to build an 89,000 square foot facility that serves 70,000 people, based on projections of 2% growth per year out to 2030. Building and participant details come after the jump.

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See PDF p. 13 for explanations (“gross space,” “unassigned space,” etc.)

Next: Participants in Program Development

Board of Trustees of the DeKalb Public Library
Clarence Casella
Virginia Cassidy
Alan Genis
Kathy Higgerson
Wendell Johnson
Janis Kirts
Lara Luethehans
Clark Neher
Imelda Ruiz

City of DeKalb
Kris Povlsen, Mayor
Mark Biernacki, City Manager
Rudy Espiritu, Assistant City Manager
Russ Farnum, City Planner
Joel Maurer, City Engineer
John Guio, Planning Commission

ReNew DeKalb
Jennifer Groce
Frank Roberts

Finally, we come to some of the goodies:

  • Porte cochère
  • Cloakroom
  • Staff exercise room
  • Fireplace (noted: “if a donor can be found)
  • Social/Gathering area
  • Piano space
  • Public relations workroom plus foundation office
  • Heated garage space for 3 vans, including one used for travel to conferences
  • Shower space
  • Sprinkler system for grass and flower beds as well as hose bibs every 50 feet
  • Exterior lighted sign
  • Lighted flagpole

Thanks go out to Steve Berg, J.P. Salovesh, Kay Shelton and others who (inadvertently or not) contributed to this report. 🙂


DeKalb County Online:
Library Purchases DeKalb Clinic Building
Request for Review — OMA Violations
Questions Mount on Library OMA Violations
Library FUBAR

Daily Chronicle (available free for one week from date of article):
DeKalb Library Purchases Old DeKalb Clinic
DeKalb Library Vote Violated Open Meetings Act
State’s Attorney Sending Inquiry to Library Board
Library Board’s Violation Needs to be Explained
Library Attorney Changes Story
Schaumburg: Silence Not Helping DeKalb Library