New Elgin (Illinois) library building

bentley writes “The Chicago Tribune [free reg] has an article about the Gail Borden Public Library’s new building. “At a cos t of nearly $30 million, Elgin’s new library is scheduled to open this month and it promises to be a showplace, rivaling modern facilities in communities such as Schaumburg, Des Plaines and Mundelei n. Although voters approved a construction referendum in 2000 for the building, they twice rejected requests for additional operating funds. That means new staff will not be hired, the new computer center will not be fully functional and the collection wi ll not expand, even though the new facility is nearly twice as big as the old one. Nevertheless, the architecture of the new 140,000-square-foot library stands out. … The library will have room for 460,000 volumes, compared with 150,000 at the old fa cil ity. Seating will expand to 835 from 170. … The public will get its first look inside the new building at an open house from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 19. The library officially opens Oct. 20.” _”