Chicago announce renovation and modernization of Merlo Branch Library

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The Chicago Public Library (CPL) announced that it will renovate and modernize the 15,000 sq.-ft. Merlo Branch Library, located at 644 W. Belmont Ave.

“Investments will be made to the facility, and in library programming to provide a modern, state-of-the-art branch to the Lakeview community,” the CPL said in a statement.

Improvements will include an early learning play space for children, a dedicated teen space, additional seating, additional meeting and study spaces and refreshed collections. It will have digital skills training available to patrons of any age through the Library’s CyberNavigator program, according to the CPL.

The renovation project will be managed by the Public Building Commission. Pending PBC board approval, the branch will be designed by Ross Barney Architects. The anticipated scope of the modernization and renovation includes restoration to the façade, introducing energy efficient mechanical systems, lighting and roofing.

Merlo Branch opened to the public on September 14, 1942, at its current location, and underwent major renovations in 1988.

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