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Welcome to the Helen Plum Post

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Welcome to the Helen Plum Post, our frequently updated blog. Here you will find plenty of information about programs, resources and news from the Helen Plum Library.

Our Library is bursting at the seams with valuable resources, including a wide variety of kids and teen activities and great programs for adults on healthcare, careers, finances, travel and culture. Take a look at our newly designed and easier to use events calendar and discover programs and events for everyone in your family. Visit our online resources page to find technology training and educational courses. Download current issues of popular magazines at Zinio and search our ebooks library. All are available for free to any Lombard resident with a library card!

Today our very busy Library operates in a building constructed on its current site in 1963 as a two-story 12,000 sq. foot library, with a 22,300 sq. foot addition completed in 1978. A recent assessment of the current building fortunately indicated that no items were identified as needing immediate attention to prevent a catastrophic failure. However there are high priority items highly recommended for replacement in the next 2-5 years to keep the Library building functioning. Estimated costs for these corrective measures will be at least $4 million dollars.

Some of the key recommendations from the report include:

  • Replacement of mechanical equipment that is past its useful life, including the original 1962 boiler and galvanized piping, as well as the HVAC system.
  • Replacement of all of the original 1962 window units and built-up roof system to increase energy efficiency and insulation value.
  • Exterior replacement of existing deteriorating waterproof membrane and crumbling masonry on the plaza deck roof to avoid additional leakage.
  • Addition of a sprinkler system.

Because the Lombard residents have not voted to increase the Library’s tax rate in almost 40 years, we have been unable to build up any significant amounts of capital funds for repairs and renovations.

The Library Board and administration worked closely with an architect to develop a strategic facility plan to determine possible solutions for our out-of-date building.

Please visit our Next Chapter blog to see details about both of these reports and updates on the project.

We hope that the members of the Lombard community will want to be involved in contributing their thoughts on the future of the Helen Plum Library and frequent updates on our progress are also available on our Facebook page and Twitter account. If you would like to be kept aware of our upcoming Community Engagement meetings, or receive updates on the process as we move forward, please email your name to and we will add you to the mailing list.