Galesburg IL breaks ground Thursday for new public library

GALESBURG – Local residents, city officials and state representatives gathered among others in the wind and rain Thursday afternoon to commemorate the groundbreaking of a new public library for the city of Galesburg.

The building is scheduled to be substantially completed December 2023 and speakers at the event recognized the ceremony as the culmination of years of collective work after the library was awarded a $ 15.3 million Public Library Construction Act Grant from the Illinois State Library in 2021.

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“On behalf of Secretary of State and State Librarian, Jesse White, I bring congratulatory greetings to the library and the city of Galesburg on being a recipient of a grant of such an important infrastructure project,” Greg McCormick, the director of the Illinois State Library, said to the crowd.

A number of people in the event’s audience named the public library’s added meeting rooms and services as things they are most excited to see arriving in the new building.

“Yes absolutely I am so excited,” Jeannette Chernin, a Galesburg resident since 1976 said. “I’m really looking forward to the community space that we’ve needed forever.”

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“More room for the community to gather is never a bad thing, right? God knows there’s not enough in this town, “said Sarah Wallenfelsz, a Galesburg native and Knox student.

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