A great library for a great city

West side of library

Champaign’s new library has two stories for public use, plus a partial third floor with staff areas. It sits atop a lower level with a used book store, plus room for future expansion.

At the east end of the building is the Robeson Pavilion with three meeting spaces and the Latte Da! Cafe and patio.

Design highlights

Along with lots of comfortable seating and other improvements patrons had been asking for, the library has many new features:

  • An enclosed quiet study room
  • Drive-up book return (no need to get out)
  • Five group study rooms
  • The Nate & Lillie Story Room, a dedicated children’s program room
  • The Dodds Family TeenSpace, a unique teen area
  • Latte Da! Cafe and patio

Environmentally friendly

Environmentally friendly design will minimize our impact on the environment and create a healthy, pleasing environment for patrons. This includes:

  • Abundant natural light
  • Sensors to turn lights on only when needed, reducing costs of both lighting and AC
  • Efficient glass (argon gas insulation, heat reflecting low-E coating)
  • Sun shading structures on south and west walls (brick pillars and copper mesh shades on west side shown in photo above)
  • High efficiency HVAC systems
  • Many trees in parking area to reduce heat island effect
  • White roof to reflect heat and reduce need for AC

Just right for Champaign

Architect Carol Ross Barney says our new library has a Champaign kind of feel, striking a balance between being forward-looking and comfortably familiar.

First Floor Plan


Second Floor Plan


Third Floor Plan


Lower Level Floor Plan


Architect Carol Ross Barney on Our Library

See a video of architect Carol Ross Barney discussing the design of our new library, a talk presented at our dedication celebration on July 27, 2008. more

Bird's eye view of new library and parking

Bird’s eye view of the library and parking lot; at the bottom is Green St.

Print-Friendly Floor Plans

This one-page handout, PDF, shows our first and second floor plans.

Old vs. New

Square feet
Old – 40,000
New – 122,600

Old – 100
New – 431

Computer Stations
Old – 19
New – 87

Public Meeting Rooms
Old – 1
New – 5

Books, CDs, DVDs, etc.
Old – 248,000
New – 285,000

Parking Places
Old – 115
New – 190