Lawrence Memorial Library

 

101 E. Laurel St. (Cross Street: S. Second St.)
Springfield, IL 62704
217-525-3039
www.springfield.k12.il.us/schools/lawrence/library/

Just blocks away from the Dana-Thomas House is a jewel box of a library created by Frank Lloyd Wright. It was commissioned by Susan Lawrence Dana in 1905 as a tribute to her father, Rheuna Lawrence, once president of the Springfield School Board. The library, located on the second floor of the Lawrence Education Center, was restored in 1992 and contains information about Frank Lloyd Wright. It is still a working library, serving the students taking high school diploma and adult education classes at the Center. Visitors who require the platform lift must request assistance via the intercom when they arrive.

Hours

  • Mon-Fri: 8:30am-4pm
  • Summer hours: Mon-Fri: 8:30am-3pm
  • Note: Hours may vary so please call before visiting

Admission

  • Free

Parking/Loading Zone

  • Accessible loading zone
  • Private parking lot—designated accessible spaces

Educational Programs

  • None
  • Note: While the Lawrence Education Center has various educational programs for its teenage and adult students, the library itself does not.

Features for People with Service Animals

  • Natural surface/grassy dog relief area
    • Location—Rear of building

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Features for People with Hearing Loss

  • Print Information
    • Brochure and other materials on library's history

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Features for People with Vision Loss

  • Orientation to library—on request
  • Interior Signage—large print, high contrast
  • Height clearance at least 80”
  • No undetectable protruding objects in path of travel

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Accessible Entrance

  • Ramped entry
  • Short asphalt ramp with no handrails or edge guard
    • Door has at least 32" clearance
  • Threshold less than 1/2" beveled
  • Easy grasp/lever handle or none
  • Note: Visitors must use intercom to be admitted and ask for assistance with platform lift

Assistive Equipment for Guests with Physical Disabilities

  • None

Interior Access

  • Corridor/path of travel at least 36" wide
  • Platform lift provides access to one or more areas
    • Lawrence Memorial Library on 2nd floor
    • Accessible restroom in basement

Elevator

  • None

Accessible Facilities/Amenities

  • Information desk
  • Brochures in reach
  • Seating—chairs without arms
  • Drinking Fountain

Exhibits

  • On accessible route
  • Space to approach/view/maneuver
    • Reading area only
    • Narrow path of travel into the alcoves containing the book shelves.
    • Staff on hand to assist.

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Accessible Public Restroom

  • Unisex/Single Use
  • Location
    • Lower level
  • Note: During the site visit, the basement was closed due to construction. The auditor was told that the restroom has grab bars and is wheelchair accessible.

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