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To learn how the makerspace aligns with our mission and values, review our Strategic Plan.
The library began the process of selecting an architect for the project by releasing a Request for Qualification.  
The library closed on the building June 27, 2019.
The Village of Arlington Heights approved the contract transferring the property to the library at their April 1, 2019 meeting.

On March 19, 2019, The Board of Library Trustees approved the resolution and contract for the acquisition of the property at 112 N. Belmont Ave., Arlington Heights.

Two public information sessions about the proposed project took place on Saturday, March 16 at the library. The presentations included information about the makerspace concept, parking, budget, timeline and next steps as well as the opportunity for public comment.
Old Library BuildingThe future library makerspace is located at 112 N. Belmont Ave., near Recreation Park at the corner of Belmont and Miner, .5 miles (10 minute walk) from the library.

The building housed the first standalone library in Arlington Heights and was previously owned by the Village of Arlington Heights.
The building is 8,000-square feet over two-levels, with an elevator. The Memorial Library engraving remains on the building entrance.
Basic floor plans of the existing layout are available here: Lower Level | Main Level 
A makerspace, one of the planned elements in the library’s strategic plan, typically offer tools such as laser cutters, 3D printers, embroidery, quilting and sewing machines, and computers for coding and programming small robots. A commercial kitchen is also part of our plan for the space.
The building would house programs, equipment and services for students, business owners, entrepreneurs to hobbyists.

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) learning, and DIY creativity are typically the focus of a makerspace.

Wheeling, Elk Grove, Northbrook, Barrington, Elmhurst, Naperville, Winnetka, Lake Zurich, Aurora, Algonquin and Grayslake libraries all have successful makerspaces.
The library has prepared a preliminary budget, including capital improvements and operating expenses which were shared at two community information sessions held at the library March 16, 2019.
Onsite parking currently includes 7 spaces in a small lot behind the building. There is one accessible space, and one space will be designated as short-term parking for project pickup or drop-off.  The five remaining parking spaces would remain standard, for customer use. The Park District has provided access to the parking lots surrounding Recreation Park for overflow or special event parking. Library staff will be expected to park in the Park District parking lot. 
48 spaces are available on the following streets within one block of the building as follows:
16 - four hour spaces on Miner between Pine and Belmont
12 - four hour spaces on Pine between Miner and Wing
10 - two hour spaces on Wing between Pine and Belmont
10 - two hour spaces on Belmont north of Miner
46 spaces are available within two to three blocks of the building:
18 - four hour spaces on Miner and Wing between Pine and Arlington Heights Road
28 - two hour spaces on Pine and Belmont between Wing and Northwest Highway
Free garage parking is available .2 miles away in the Village of Arlington Heights North Garage (Eastman Entrance is Evergreen Avenue between Miner & Eastman, or Eastman Street west of Arlington Heights Road).
The library is working with the Village and the Park District to secure additional parking.
The makerspace is planned to be open five days a week for a total of 40 hours per week.
Sunday, 12-5 p.m.
Monday, Closed
Tuesday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Wednesday, 11a.m.-8 p.m.
Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Friday, Closed
Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The makerspace would initially operate with the hours listed above. The library expects to modify the actual days and hours of operation based on usage patterns.
The makerspace will not be open during the Frontier Days festival.
If your status is Confirmed Registration, your spot for the event is confirmed.

If registration for this event is full, you will be placed on a waiting list. Wait listed registrants are moved to the confirmed registration list (in the order of registration) when cancelations are received. You will receive an email notification if you are moved from the wait list to the confirmed registration list.

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