It’s official: New Galesburg Public Library will open next week. Here’s what we know

Galesburg Public Library

The Galesburg Public Library says it will mark its 150th birthday by opening the new library building next week.

The library says in a statement more than two years and $22 million later, the new library on West Main will open Wednesday, April 24, at 9am.

The new library will be open 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday; and 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, though Mayor Peter Schwartzman recently suggested at an event with U.S. Rep. Eric Sorensen he’d like to see the library open on Sundays

It’s a 60,000 square foot building with “five study rooms, a children’s library, a teen zone, a community room, a fireplace alcove, an art exhibit wall, and a reading balcony,” according to a library news release.

It was mostly paid for with a state library grant, along with $4 million raised in the community.