GALESBURG, Ill. — After 15 years of fundraising, planning, and community support, Galesburg is set to have a new public library.
The Galesburg Public Library received a $15.3 million grant from the State of Illinois, which covered 75% of the total cost of the library. Construction began last April, and the project is expected to be completed in early 2024.
“We are so thankful for our capital campaign committee members that put in numerous hours to help us reach our goal. It has been amazing to see our community come together to support this project and the expanded services the new facility will bring to our community,” said Heather Sipes, Galesburg Public Library Foundation’s Executive Director.
The new library will blend the character of the Galesburg Historic District with a bright and modern aesthetic in the interior. Spaces available will include a community room, children’s area, teen space, and a skills lab for teens and adults to develop skills for empowerment and independence.