The 15,000-square-foot Merlo Branch Library is undergoing renovation and modernization, bringing a state-of-the-art facility to the Lakeview community.
Merlo Branch Library opened to the public on September 14, 1942. The two-story building was designed by City Architect Paul Gerhardt, while sculptor Abbott Pattison designed the frieze above the front entrance. The building was renovated in 1988, and in June 1993, the former Lake View Branch Library was renamed in memory of John Merlo, a local community leader and long-time Chicago politician.
The PBC’s work at Merlo Branch Library includes restoration of the building’s exterior and facade; energy-efficient upgrades to the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems; and the installation of new furniture and equipment.
Improvements also include an early learning play space for children, a dedicated teen space with YOUmedia! digital learning lab, additional meeting and study spaces, and refreshed collections. The branch will also have digital skills training available to patrons of any age through the library’s CyberNavigator program.
“The renovation and modernization of Merlo Branch will help children, families and seniors grow in an already a tremendous community asset. I look forward to seeing the library bustle with residents from Lakeview and across the city for years to come.”
– Alderman Tom Tunney, 44th Ward
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- Mayor Lightfoot and Chicago Public Library Reopen Renovated Merlo Branch
- “Renovation Underway for Merlo Branch Library” Lawndale News (7/5/18)
- Constructive News You Can Use (Fall 2018)
- 44th Ward Update
- Construction Flyer (8/2019)