Research Documents

The Library Board has been seeking a long-term solution to the Library’s space needs for more than 20 years. The current Library facility is inadequate to provide 21st century public library service. Below are the studies and expert opinions that have informed the Library Board as they consider options, as well as a list of FACTS describing what the Library Board intends to provide in a new facility.

FACTS – This document, created by the Crystal Lake Library Board, describes what the residents of Crystal Lake can expect to get in a new Library facility. This list was determined by community input from a 2011 Needs Assessment and a 2014 Community Survey.

Crystal Lake Public Library Site Comparison Study – This document, created by architectural firm Engberg Anderson, describes comparisons for 24 sites investigated over a two-year period by the Library Board at the request of the Crystal Lake City Council

Aspen Institute Report from the Dialogue on Public Libraries Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries – This report explores ways in which communities can leverage investments in public libraries to develop richer information ecologies, build stronger communities and forge new partnerships for achieving local and national goals.

Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project – This link contains reports from a three-year study funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to determine the role of libraries in users’ lives and in their communities.