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  • January 5, 2017
  • Library to reopen in spring
  • Library to reopen in spring

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  • November 18, 2016
  • VIDEO: Library staff tour the renovation site
  • Video of staff tours

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  • May 23, 2016
  • Temporary library checks out with staff, patrons
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Renovation Documents

1st Floor Proposed

Level 1 new plan View PDF

2nd Floor Proposed

Level 2 new plan View PDF


Budget Pricing June 10, 2015 View PDF

1st Floor Schematic

1st floor schematic shows expanded youth area, maker space, middle school area, lobby and cafe. View PDF

2nd Floor Schematic

2nd floor schematic shows expanded AV material, training lab, study rooms and ESL classroom. View PDF

Frequently Asked Questions

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Why is the library renovating the building?

In order to assess the current situation, the main library at 355 Schoenbeck Rd., Wheeling, completed engineering studies on the building in 2010 and 2013 and community focus groups in 2012. These studies determined there were several mechanical and building issues that needed to be resolved for the building to operate as cost-efficiently as possible. For example, we currently have an all electric building that is very inefficient for heating and cooling the facility.

The library also lacks sufficient meeting and classroom space to serve our members’ needs. The current building is 46,000 square feet, which is inadequate to serve our population of 67,000. Almost 15,000 square feet will be added to the building.

How much is the renovation going to cost?

The budget for this project is $14.4 million, which includes the expansion and interior remodeling.

How is the library paying for the renovation?

The library will use the approved funds from the referendum that was passed by district voters in 2011. The library will use $8 million it has in reserves and will issue debt certificates for $6 million that have a scheduled payback time of 14 years.

Prior to embarking on this project, library management completed a long-range financial plan with advisors to explore all options for funding the renovation. For the past several years, the board of trustees has operated in a fiscally conservative manner to prepare for this renovation. The library has no plans for a referendum.

When will the project begin?

Construction is expected to begin on April 4, 2016, with a completion date of 8-12 months.

Will the library remain open during the renovation?

Yes, the library will remain open at a temporary location, 70 W. Dundee Rd., Buffalo Grove, approximately one mile from 355 Schoenbeck Rd. The library board of trustees weighed all options for moving out of or staying in the building during construction. It was determined that moving was the best option for our members, since it reduces the overall length of construction. 

The main library at 355 Schoenbeck Rd., Wheeling, will close at 5 pm, March 20, 2016 to begin moving materials and equipment to the temporary location, which will open Monday, April 4, 2016.

Will the phone number stay the same?
Yes, the phone number, 847.459.4100, will remain the same.

What are my options for using computers and checking out materials during the renovation?

The temporary location has computers available for use and materials to check out. Staff is working with nearby libraries to compile a list of services that Indian Trails library members can access during the renovation. At the temporary location there are 8 PCs and 4 Macs for adult use. There are 6 Macs available for youth services. Also, there are 10 laptops for use within the library. Please note, there is a one-hour limit for computer use if others are waiting.

Can I place holds on materials? Where do I pick them up?

Yes, holds may be placed on materials and picked up at the temporary location, 70 W. Dundee Rd., Buffalo Grove.

Will there be programs and storytimes during renovation?

Yes, the library will continue to host a variety of programs for all ages at the temporary location and offsite locations around the community. View our events calendar here.

What will happen to the Reading Garden?

The Reading Garden bricks will be photographed and removed prior to the expansion. The bricks will be safely stored and then reinstalled in the new Reading Garden that will be located at the southwest corner of the library.

The Foundation for the Indian Trails Library will also be selling bricks for the new Reading Garden that will be unveiled in summer 2017. Bricks may be purchase online at by clicking "Buy a Brick" or by completing a brick order form and returning it to the library with payment. Please contact Susan Dennison, 847.279.2222, if you have any questions about purchasing a brick.

What new technology will be available after the renovation?

In addition to faster Wi-Fi, new technology will include new member computers, two digital media studios, 3D printers and laser cutter, laptops to check out and screens throughout the library announcing upcoming programs and services.

How did the library select the temporary location?
The library worked with village staff from Buffalo Grove and Wheeling to find a suitable location for that temporary library that was within district boundaries and in line with the budget. Library staff viewed several sites and after discussion with the library board of trustees, selected the site at 70 W. Dundee Road in Buffalo Grove as the most viable site.

What is the status of the construction project?
The library began construction on April 4, 2016, and as of August 1, construction is on time and on budget. 27 geothermal wells, which will be used to heat and cool the building have been dug behind the library. Half of the steel has been erected, and the other half arrived the first week of August. Interior framing has begun. The goal is to complete as much exterior work as possible before the colder weather.

Who is in charge of the project?
The library hired Shales McNutt as its construction management company and they oversee day-to-day operations of the project. The library director is updated regularly on the project, and visits the construction site several times during the week.

Why did the library decide to close the building during renovation?
Due to the extensive work in the building, the board of trustees chose to relocate to a temporary location to ease the disruption to members and staff during the project. The library opened at its temporary location, 70 W. Dundee Rd., Buffalo Grove, approximately one mile from the current site, on Monday, April 4, 2016.

Why did the library open a temporary location in Buffalo Grove instead of Wheeling?
Staff looked at several options for a temporary location, before settling on the location at 70 W. Dundee Rd., which is located within the library's boundaries. This site was selected for various reasons, including space and leasing options, cost of buildout to make the location suitable for public service and the proximity to the 355 Schoenbeck building.

Does the library plan on opening a branch in Buffalo Grove?
At this time the library has no plans to open a branch in Buffalo Grove, but continues to assess the service needs of all its members in the district.

When will the library at 355 Schoenbeck reopen?
The library is expected to reopen in spring of 2017.

Can I buy a brick in the Reading Garden?
You can! Bricks may be purchase online at by clicking "Buy a Brick" or by completing a brick order form and returning it to the library with payment. Please contact Susan Dennison, 847.279.2222, if you have any questions about purchasing a brick.

How can I find out more about the renovation?

You can find information about the renovation at in the library’s bi-monthly print newsletter. You can also receive updates by signing up for the library's monthly enews on the homepage of our website, Renderings of the renovation are available for viewing in the vestibule of the library.

Who can I talk to about the renovation?

Susan Dennison, Communications Manager, 847-279-2222,


  • 1958

  • With assistance from local service organizations, the Wheeling Women’s Club solicits donations of money and books and a library opens to serve the semi-rural communities of Wheeling and Buffalo Grove.

    library image 1958
  • 1963

  • The library moves to a double storefront a block north from its original location. New library shelving, tables and chairs replace the makeshift furnishings.

    library image 1963

  • 1971

  • Having outgrown its space again, voters pass a referendum for the library to purchase a vacant church building at 850 Jenkins Court, Wheeling. The library moves into its new home in May of 1971. The collection grows to 32,446 items.

    library image 1971
  • 1974

  • To better convey the idea of a library that served an area, rather than a village, the name is officially changed to Indian Trails Public Library District.

    library image 1974

  • 1981

  • In need of more space the library holds a building referendum, which fails to pass. The board of trustees decides to fund a new library building by means of a self-directed method of allowable financing. The library moves to a new building of 30,900 square feet at 355 Schoenbeck Road.

    library image 1981
  • 1998

  • The library reopens after a second construction phase with space for offices, bookshelves, and a computer lab, with an addition to the south of the 1981 building.

    library image 1998