Planning for the Future

The FRVPLD Board of Trustees is planning for the future of the library district. Before any money is spent on consultants, the trustees seek your input.

Big district, little library

Illinois has 340 library districts, and FRVPLD is the seventh largest. But while we rank #7 in population served, we only rank #313 in library building square feet per capita. (Rankings as reported in the Illinois Public Libraries Annual Report for 2018.) And that will get worse once the Randall Oaks Library lease is up in 2022. Currently, there is no option to renew the lease. Should that library close, FRVPLD will then become #326 out of 340, one of the very smallest libraries offering the least materials and services to one of the largest populated districts.

FRVPLD rank in Illinois Library Districts

Challenge is providing service to large geographic area

FRVPLD encompasses a very large geographic area, much more than just Dundee Township. We serve all of Gilberts, Sleepy Hollow, Carpentersville, West Dundee, East Dundee, plus 1/3 of the village of Algonquin. We currently serve the community through two locations: the Dundee Library (30,000 square feet) and the Randall Oaks Library (5,000 square feet on the lower level of the Randall Oaks Recreation Center).

Fox River Valley Public Library District Map

The Library Board is considering four options and requests your feedback. The options described below appear in order from most expensive to least expensive. The sole purpose of this survey is for residents to provide the Library Board with input as to the future of the library district.

Two libraries (one on either side of the district).

Do a minor remodel of the Dundee Library and build an additional library on the west side of the district. The advantage of this option is that patrons would have a range of materials and services closer to the average square feet per capita in Illinois which is 1.1, within a 10-15 minute drive. Expanding to 70,000 total square feet would rank FRVPLD at 212 of 340 libraries in space per capita. A referendum would be needed to build an additional facility and operate two locations.


FRVPLD Two libraries, one on each side of the district

One centrally located library.

Close all existing libraries and open one centrally located library. The advantage of this option is that patrons would have a range of materials and services closer to the average square feet per capita in Illinois which is 1.1. However, residents on the outskirts of the district would have to drive further to get to the library. Expanding to 70,000 total square feet would rank FRVPLD at 212 of 340 libraries in space per capita. Operating expenses would not be significantly increased with one location, but a referendum would be needed to build a new location.

FRVPLD, one centrally located library

Increase square footage of the Dundee Library (one library).

Do a major renovation of the Dundee Library. Expand the building footprint by adding space south, north or west. Provide more room for materials and programs and add public meeting and study rooms. The advantage of this option is that patrons would have a range of materials and services closer to the average square feet per capita in Illinois which is 1.1. (The extent of the improvement would depend on the size of the expansion of the existing 30,000 square feet at the Dundee Library). Residents west of the river would have to drive further to get to the library. A referendum would be needed to cover construction costs of a building expansion.

FRVPLD, renovation of the Dundee Library

No increase to square footage of Dundee Library (one library).

Do a minor remodel of the Dundee Library within the existing footprint to better utilize the space vacated by the Dundee Township in 2013. The net result after the Randall Oaks lease is up would mean no additional space for materials or programs than are currently offered (30,000 total square feet and FRVPLD would become #326 of 340 in space per capita). Residents west of the river would have to drive further to get to the library. This is the least expensive option and could be done with no referendum.

FRVPLD, remodel of the Dundee Library