41,500 sq ft

Constructed in 1986, Nichols Library is Naperville’s oldest library building and one of the most heavily used library facilities in the United States. Williams Architects has completed several projects at Nichols Library since 2008, including a completely new lighting system for the entire upper level Adult Services space with daylight sensors that adjust artificial light levels according to daylighting conditions to maximize energy efficiency and consistency of illumination. Other remodeling work included completely new restrooms throughout the facility; a completely renovated computer lab with improved ventilation and security; new Staff workrooms, and other various infrastructure improvements throughout the facility.

In conjunction with the 2014 Naper Boulevard renovations, the Nichols Library included converting their Local History room into a new business start-up center called Naper Launch. This space was developed by the Naperville Development Partnership and the Naperville Public Library to provide new business entrepreneurs a meeting place for their growing companies in conjunction with programs offered by the library on several aspects of business development.

Our work at Nichols Library was the first project of several that Williams has completed for the Naperville Public Library, who remains a loyal Williams client to this day. We are currently working on a larger renovation to the Nichols Library that will include all new service points with modular furniture; updated furniture for both Children and Adult collection areas; new Teen Space; a renovated Community Meeting space; additional Children’s Program room and several finish upgrades throughout the majority of the building.


Master Plan / Feasibility Study
Basic A&E Design Services
Construction Administration