the Indian Trails Public Library The board of directors will meet on Wednesday evening to discuss the feasibility of opening a branch in Buffalo Grove.
“We’re … in the early stages,” said library spokesperson Susan Dennison.
Despite more than 41,000 inhabitants, Buffalo grove does not have its own library.
The Wheeling-based Indian Trails District serves approximately half of the population of Buffalo Grove; the Vernon area public library in Lincolnshire serves the rest.
The main Indian Trails library is located at 355 Schoenbeck Road in Wheeling. The neighborhood has a branch at 99 E. Palatine Road in Prospect Heights, also.
Indian Trails officials have talked about opening a branch in Buffalo Grove for years.
The creation last year of a special tax increase funding district along the Lake-Cook Road corridor in Buffalo Grove has intensified discussions, Dennison said.
The tax district runs through the Indian Trails service area in Buffalo Grove. It is bounded by Arlington Heights Road to the west, McHenry Road to the east, Old Checker Road to the north, and Lake-Cook Road to the south.
The fiscal district is designed to stimulate economic development efforts in the corridor. Tax revenues generated by increasing property values or new developments will be diverted to a fund that can finance the purchase of land, infrastructure improvements and other projects.
Indian Trails officials have not selected a specific site for a possible branch, but land in the TIF district is under consideration, Dennison said.
During a visit with her family to the Indian Trails Main Library on Tuesday, Buffalo Grove resident Lydia Surdyka said she thinks a library branch in her hometown is a good idea.
“It would be easier to cycle or even walk there,” said Lydia, 12. The improved proximity might even encourage people to borrow books and read, she said.
Lydia’s mother Joanna said a branch in Buffalo Grove would make it safer for children to access the library by bike as they wouldn’t have to cross the busy Dundee road like they do now .
As part of the district research, officials will study branches in other districts to learn more about size options, service concepts and more, Dennison said.
Cost and staffing estimates for a potential branch are expected to be returned to the board this fall, Dennison said.
Wednesday’s discussion will be part of a board workshop set at 7 p.m. at the library. Among other aspects, the council will review the initial architectural designs.
Although in-person participation is permitted, a link for remote participation can be found at indiantrailslibrary.org/about-us/board-of-trustees/library-board-of-trustees-agendas-and-minutes.