In 1998, an $8,000,000 addition was built, the three-story Annex. When it opened, the 3rd Floor had The Adult Services Department’s reference section and computers; the 2nd Floor housed The Youth Services Department; and the 1st Floor had administrative offices, fiction, videotapes, and magazines. The designed by Ross, Barney & Jankowski won the 1999 Distinguished Building Award from the American Institute of Architects Chicago.
Meanwhile, the Carnegie library building was renovated to hold a Local History Archives Room/Board Room, meeting rooms, and more administrative offices. It is now called the Carnegie Building.
Combined, the two buildings provided 43,000 square feet of space. The Annex stands behind the Carnegie Building, which is to say between it and Veterans Memorial Maywood Park. The Computer Center opened on the 1st Floor of the Annex in March of 2003 after 7th District State Representative Karen Yarbrough secured a $23,000 State Commerce and Community Affairs grant.
The Maywood Public Library has a collection of approximately 90,000 volumes. It was formerly a member of the Metropolitan Library System (M.L.S.), which was one of five Illinois Regional Library Systems to merge into the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (R.A.I.L.S.).
Six blocks south of the MPL there is a small diner, Maywood Express, at 2 South 5th Avenue, which serves a mix of Mexican, Italian, and Greek cuisines, soul food, and American comfort food. I recommend the chopped steak sandwich on Texas toast.
The MPL is normally open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays; and is closed on Fridays, Sundays, and holidays. However, it closed on Sunday, October 26, 2013 for lack of money and remains closed. The MPL District needs approximately $800,000 - $300,000 to operate until spring of next year and $500,000 to retire debt.