MC Library groundbreaking next spring

A large locust tree behind the Mount Carroll District Library has been removed by Extreme Tree of Mount Carroll in advance of the $2.3 million rehabilitation and expansion project, which is scheduled to begin next spring. The project will add 7,289 square feet of library space as well as addressing handicap accessibility and adding modern restrooms.

After nearly six months of satisfying requirements to secure the $1.15 million Illinois State Library Public Construction Grant, pre-construction site work has begun on the expansion of the Mount Carroll District Library.

It is expected that the actual construction ground-breaking will occur at the beginning of May 2022.

"Getting to a final, fully executed grant agreement with the Illinois Secretary of State's office was long and tedious," said Library President Laurel Bergren. "Working with great people like Mark Shaffer from the Illinois State Library and architect Mark Winter made the process go smoothly."

More than 204 individuals and the City of Mount Carroll contributed approximately $1.19 million to the rehabilitation and expansion of the Mount Carroll District Library.

Bergren said that combined with the funding from the State of Illinois, the much anticipated $2.3 million project will add 7,289 square feet of library space, addresses ADA accessibility, adds modern restrooms, and rehabilitates the historic Carnegie building portion while maintaining its historic integrity.

The Mount Carroll District Library building, partially funded by Andrew Carnegie, was built in 1907.

“Although well-maintained, the building has not been upgraded or modernized over the years,” said Bergren. “Besides space, accessibility and climate control requirements, public needs greatly exceed those of 1907.”