The AHML has grown and expanded over the years, creating a need for an expansion, which was completed in 1992. This expansion allowed for better space usage for the growing collection, a new children's area and also a second floor for reception and meeting space. The furniture was modernized and more study carrels were added along with several "quiet" rooms that could be reserved for up to 1 hour at a time. One other aspect allowed for different departments to be merged into one room to save space-namely periodicals and genealogy. Magazines allowed patrons to check out magazines on the spot versus having the staff pull out the items and the patron make an extra trip to check out.

Background

The AHML has been serving the Arlington Heights community around for over 100 years. As the community grew to over 150,000, a library was needed to As a result a library was needed to be created to create a rich community. The library was born out of the ingenuity of Mrs. Amos Walker, wife of the school principal. Soon a ladies reading circle was created and they began the bones of a temporary library system. After several moves and collections for books later, the AHML was created in 1968 for the express purpose of becoming an official library. Below are images of previous versions of the library.
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AHML, 1952 Building, Copyright owner; Arlington Heights Historical Museum; Used by permission
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AHML, 1968 building, Copyright owner; Arlington Heights Historical Museum; Used by permission
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AHML, First Library Buildling, Copyright owner; Arlington Heights Historical Museum; Used by permission









Library Addition


In 1992 approval was given by the voters for a $8.9 million to build another 56,000-square foot addition and to renovate the original facility. The two-story addition was completed in 1994, bringing the total space of the library to 132,000 sq. ft The addition was completed in 1994. Below are samples of the new section.

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Express Reserves Pick Up Obtained from flickr.com under the termsof the Attribution 2.0 Creative Commons license.
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Magazine/Newspaper Area, Obtained from flickr.com under thetermsof the Attribution 2.0 Creative Commons license.
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Homework/Internet, Obtained from flickr.com under the terms oftheAttribution 2.0 Creative Commons license.

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Front Lobby, Obtained from flickr.com under the terms oftheAttribution 2.0 Creative Commons license.

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AHML Front Entrance, Obtained from flickr.com under the terms ofthe Attribution 2.0 Creative Commons license.
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Reader's Advisory. Obtained from flickr.com under the termsoftheAttribution 2.0 Creative Commons license.
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Reference Shevling, Obtained from flickr.com under the termsoftheAttribution 2.0 Creative Commons license.


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AHML Adult Non Fiction , Obtained from flickr.com under thetermsofthe Attribution 2.0 Creative Commons license.


























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Split between old and new AHML,Obtained from flickr.com undertheterms of the Attribution 2.0 Creative Commons license.



















Architect

Frye & Gillian & Millinaro
(http://www.fgmarch.com/)


Funding

Voted by a referendum for $8 billion dollars

Contact Information

Arlington Heights Memorial Library
500 N. Dunton Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL
(847) 392-0100
Executive Librarian, Paula Moore


Links

AHML Flicker "tour" :http://www.flickr.com/photos/anthonylibrarian/sets/72157603391337594/

References

http://www.ahml.info/about/map (blue print for current library)
http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6641333.html?q=arlington+heights+memorial+library
http://www.nsls.info/roi/value.aspx?r=692&secret=0O2MIIIUB