Welcome To The Future of Your Libraries! Your Library District in 1979 Your Library District in 2008 Library District Growth • Our facilities were built to serve 23,500 people. • They now serve 62,000 people. • With the proposed addition of “North” Romeoville, our District serves 72,000 people. • We need facilities that will serve 100,000+ people! Cramped Library Spaces Inadequate Parking Demand Exceeds Capacity Tiny Children’s Dept Old/Inefficient HVAC System Difficult To Enter No Elevator To Lower Level Cracking Walls Open Staircase Narrow Restroom Hall A Dumbwaiter! Surrounded By A Bank Leaky Roof Outdated/Non-ADA Restrooms Narrow & Shadowy Aisles Unattractive Furnishings Proposed Library Facilities: Crest Hill, Lockport, and Romeoville Prototype Library - 1 st Floor Prototype Library – 2 nd Floor Prototype Library - Central Svcs What Does a 2008 Library Look Like? What Does a 2008 Library Look Like? What Will 3 New Libraries Cost? Building Bonds: • The average cost to construct each branch library will be approximately $13.6 million. • The tax impact of this is $3.95 per month per $100,000 of your home’s value. Operating Rate: • Our districts’ already low tax rate will need to be increased to address operating and maintenance costs associated with the new branch libraries. • The tax impact of this is $3.58 per month per $100,000 of your home’s value. Fiscal Responsibility The Des Plaines Valley Public Library District is and always has been a conservative fiscal body, as demonstrated by: • Our library district has never gone to referendum • Taxes capped, tax rate declining, yet the library has maintained services • New-growth taxes saved for future expansion • No-frills planning to meet current and future community needs Library District Funding Our library district is funded by an operating tax rate of 12.3 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. Once the rate drops below 12 cents (next year), we may lose over $65,000/yr in funding. Comparing Us To Peer Libraries In FY2008, we are spending $2.95 per resident each month to provide library services. Compare that to some other local library budgets: Fountaindale Public Library District spends $6.72 per capita per month. Plainfield Public Library District spends $4.23 per capita per month. New Lenox Public Library District spends $5.56 per capita per month. Homer Township Library District spends $5.17 per capita per month. Benefits of New Libraries Increased Collections • Our new libraries will contain 2 to 3 times as many books and materials as our current facilities. Increased Programming For All Ages • These facilities will provide attractive, comfortable, accessible space to conduct community programming for all ages and interests. More Public Computers • We will effectively double the number of computers we offer the public, as well as provide a computer lab where our free computer instruction classes can expand! Benefits of New Libraries (cont.) Better Accessibility • Our new libraries will meet or exceed modern accessibility standards with elevators, convenient parking, etc. Community Support • The new facilities will also provide more meeting spaces for community groups, and increased ability to support small businesses and entrepreneurs. Increased Usage • We expect our circulation will triple within 5 years! Drive-up Book Returns • Convenient return of all material formats from your car! What Can You Do To Help? • Continue to attend community forum meetings! • Speak up! Share your opinions! • Engage your friends and neighbors! • Join the Friends of the Library group! • Volunteer at the library! • Volunteer to work on the campaign for new libraries! • Register to vote… And Vote!