Fox Lake District Library · 
255 E. Grand Avenue
Fox Lake, IL 60020
 ·  Phone: (847) 587- 0198
 · Director: Melissa Villarreal

Library Hours
 · Mon. - Fri.  9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
 · Saturday  9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
 · Sunday  1 p.m. - 5 p.m. (Sept. thru May)

Architectural Distinctions

Distinguished Building Award

On October 6, 2011 the Fox Lake District Library won the 2011 Distinguished Building Award, Merit in Design, from the Northeast Illinois Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The building was designed by a team at PSA-Dewberry Architects, Elgin, Illinois, Michael Mackey, lead architect.

The following is an excerpt from the AIA-NEIC October 2011 newsletter about the AIA-NEIC award:

The Fox Lake District Library, by PSA-Dewberry in Elgin

"Jurors cited the project’s good use of materials, with stone as the base and the central glass entry, and noted the massing of the exterior scaled down well. The building’s “L” shape recalls the nearby lake edge and allows the building to open, as a book does, to embrace the public. The new facility was constructed while the existing library remained in operation, impacting the location of the building on the site. The use of stone and brick rein-forces the library’s permanence and lasting value to the community, while materials such as phenolic panels, spandrel glass, plus clear and fritted glass symbolize the future. The new facility expands collection space and establishes the library as a community center, with additional public-access computers, collaborative study areas and community meeting rooms. (AJ Maggio Company in Mount Prospect was the general contractor.)"

ILA Reporter Article

The Fox Lake Library was featured as a noteworthy public library in the February 2011 issue of the ILA Reporter, the magazine of the Illinois Library Assocation.

Fox Lake article in the February 2011 issue of the ILA Reporter

Back issues of ILA Reporter can be accessed from the following website:

ILA Reporter

Illinois Library Assocation

For more information on the Illinois Library Association, please visit their website at Illinois Library Association

American Libraries Magazine: Library Design Showcase

The new Fox Lake District Library building was also chosen for two categories in the "Library Design Showcase 2011" of the American Libraries Magazine published by the American Library Assocation. Click on links below to read the articles.

Sustainable Construction (then click on the Fox Lake District Library on the list of libraries)

Outdoor Connections (then click on Fox Lake District Library on the list of libraries)

Library Journal -- December 2011 Architecture Issue

The Fox Lake District Library will be included in the Library Journal's annual December architecture issue for 2011