Merlo Branch Library Renovation and Modernization

644 West Belmont Avenue

This Merlo Branch Library project will provide the Nearth North neighborhood with a modern library space that continues to serve as an essential community anchor, providing critical services and resources to meet a variety of local needs. The anticipated scope of the modernization and renovation includes repairs to the building’s exterior and façade, and the installation of energy-efficient mechanical systems, lighting and roofing.

Improvements also include an early learning play space for children, a dedicated teen space, additional seating, additional meeting and study spaces and refreshed collections. The Merlo Branch will 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