Freeport Library Café Available for New Ownership

Freeport, Illinois — The Freeport Public Library has announced that the Library Board of Directors voted at their March 14th meeting to begin accepting proposals for new ownership of the formerly-named “Gallery Café,” located inside the library building. Gallery Cafe closed its doors in July 2016 when Sandi Schubert retired.

The Freeport Public Library, located in the heart of downtown Freeport is a new building of approximately 40,000 square feet and is visited by over 90,000 people per year. The fully-furnished 520 sq. foot library café area is equipped for full-service coffee shop and cold-prep food service. “The Library Café is a centerpiece of the library building and we look forward to working with a new proprietor whose services will provide the welcoming community environment we strive for at Freeport Public Library,” says Library Board President Jim Ferrar.

Emily Klonicki, the new Executive Director at the library echoes the Board’s enthusiasm. “A bustling, inviting coffee shop can be the heartbeat of a library building. I look forward to the library café re-opening in the Freeport Public Library.”

Interested parties can find more information about the request for proposal and download a packet online at or they can obtain a packet in person at the Freeport Public Library building, 100 E. Douglas St., Freeport, IL.

Proposals will be accepted until May 31, 2018.


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