About the Library
General information about Skokie Public Library and its services

Library hours
    Monday through Friday:
9:00am to 9:00pm
    Saturday: 9:00am to 6:00pm
    Sunday: 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Bookmobile schedule


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Contact Information

Skokie Public Library
5215 Oakton Street
Skokie, Illinois 60077

847.673.7774 main phone
847.673.2675 phone renewal
847.673.8926 TDD
847.673.7797 fax
Reference 847.673.3733
Youth Services 847.324.3149
Adult computers 847.324.3179
Youth computers 847.324.3186

Library administration
Vision statement
Mission statement
Privacy policy
Library facts and figures
History of Skokie Public Library
Programs and events

Study and meeting rooms
Computer resources
Resources for adults
Resources for teens
Resources for kids
Resources for people with disabilities
Policies and services for borrowing materials
Current job openings

Library Administration

Trustees and Director

Mark Prosperi, President
Diana Hunter, Vice President/President Emerita
Karen Parrilli, Secretary
Susan Greer
Jonathan H. Maks, MD
Zelda Rich

Carolyn A. Anthony, Director

Public Library Association President 2013-2014
NSLS Public Library Staff Member of the Year 2004
Illinois Librarian of the Year 2003

The Board of Trustees of Skokie Public Library meets the second Wednesday of the month at 7:30pm in the Board Room on the third floor. The public is welcome to attend.

Agenda for the December 10, 2014 meeting

Minutes of the November 12, 2014 meeting
Minutes of the October 14, 2014 meeting

Board Meeting schedule

Library management
Deputy Director
Richard Kong
Access Services Manager Laura McGrath
Adult Services Manager Lynnanne Pearson
Communications and Marketing Manager Christie Robinson
Community Engagement Manager Susan Carlton
Customer Services Manager Eileen Coulombe
Freedom of Information Officer Susan Dickens
Human Resources Manager Elizabeth Dostert
IT Manager Mark Kadzie
Learning Experiences Managers Mick Jacobsen
Amita Lonial
Maintenance and Security Manager Richard Simon
Virtual Community Engagement Manager Brodie Austin
Youth Services Manager Jan Watkins


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Vision Statement

Skokie Public Library is the heart of a vibrant village where people of all ages and cultures engage in lifelong learning and discovery while actively participating in the life of the community.

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Mission Statement

As a springboard for personal growth and community development, Skokie Public Library promotes discovery, enrichment, and the exchange of ideas through a broad spectrum of materials, technologies, and experiences.

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Programs and Events

From classical music to author readings, the Library's calendar is filled with diverse programming for all ages, including:

  • Book discussions 
  • Educational and entertaining lectures 
  • Feature films and film discussions 
  • Performing arts - music, dance, theatre in the 200-seat Petty Auditorium 
  • RCN Channel 23 has original programs, movies, educational fare, and listings of upcoming events

Are you a musician or have a program you'd like to present at the Library?  Information regarding applying to perform or speak is available online.  For information or questions, .

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Computer Resources

Computers resources for adults and teens (9th grade and older) are available throughout the Library and wireless Internet access is available at no charge on the second floor. The first floor Digital Media Lab is available to Skokie Public Library cardholders (9th grade and older). Computer resources for children in kindergarten through 8th grade are available in the Youth Services Department on the first floor of the Library.

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Resources for Adults

The Library has a wealth of resources available to help you with everything from serious research to contemporary bestsellers. Many of our resources are now available on our Web site -- or you can stop by the service desks and ask a librarian for assistance.

  • Information Services -- Our expert librarians can help you find the information you need quickly and efficiently.
    • Employment Resource Center -- Find information on career development, job opportunities, and self-employment.
    • Illinois Documents -- Find federal, state, and local documents in the Library's collection and on the Web.
    • Literacy materials for English as a Second Language students -- Learn more about the Library's ESL collection.
    • Research Services are available from professional librarians on a 24/7 basis through a variety of means. Find out more about these services on our Ask a Librarian for information page.
    • Computers with Internet access, office software, multimedia capabilities, and research databases are available throughout the Library.  Internet classes for adults are scheduled each month to provide you with basic information about using the World Wide Web.  One-on-one assistance with using Library computer resources is available by appointment.
    • Search reference resources of business information, health care facts, the full text of articles from many newspapers and magazines, and electronic encyclopedias, almanacs, and literature resources. Remote access to many of these databases from your home or business is available to Skokie Public Library cardholders through our website.
    • Search unique Library-authored databases including a digitized collection of newspaper articles and an index to Skokie newspaper articles and obituaries.
  • Readers' Services -- Not sure what to read? Our librarians can help you find the perfect book.
  • Movies, music, and multimedia -- The Library's collection includes feature films, nonfiction videos, audiobooks, DVDs, CDs, audiocassettes, and CD-ROMs, which can be checked out or used in the Library at our listening and viewing stations.
  • Bookmobile service -- Our bookmobile makes seventeen weekly stops at locations all over Skokie.
  • Online catalog -- Search the 480,000+ items in the Library's collection.  The Library's collection includes books and videos in more than fifteen foreign languages.
  • Used book sale room -- Browse shelves containing thousands of recent hardcover fiction bestsellers, children’s books, nonfiction books (including travel guides), and youth, adult, and teen paperbacks.

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Resources for People with Disabilities

Skokie Public Library welcomes people with physical disabilities. SALS (Skokie Accessible Library Services) offers adaptive equipment such as electronic magnifiers, closed caption decoders, and a public TDD, as well as materials in special formats, programs and services for people with visual impairments, mobility-impairments, and hearing impairments, and for children with special needs. SALS has periodicals and newsletters, books, directories, and catalogs on a range of subjects related to disabilities. One need not be a Skokie resident to become a SALS user.

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Resources for Teens

Skokie Public Library works with the TAG Team, our Teen Advisory Group, to plan programs, services, and events that appeal to people ages 12 through 18. TAG Team members meet friends, learn about new ideas, and receive volunteer credit. To become involved, .

  • The first floor of the Library features a special Teen Corner collection of fiction and nonfiction books for teens.
  • The Teens section of our Web site lists great resources including good reading ideas, and high school and college issues.

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Resources for Kids

Read, Imagine, and Explore in the new Youth Services Department! Our cheerful new space features brightly painted walls, more natural light through floor-to-ceiling windows, cozy study rooms, a Computer Lab, and a Craft Room. A new Program Room features a magical lighting system that can reflect the light of a sunny day, the twinkle of a starry evening, and the constellations of a night sky.

The Youth Services Department offers programs, services, and a vast collection of materials for children from infancy through eighth grade.

  • An inviting preschool area includes a music listening station, comfy couches, books, videos, and computer software selected especially for our youngest patrons.
  • Storytimes, reading clubs, and other activities offer year-round opportunities for kids of all ages to share the joy of reading with friends and family.
  • Internet classes help kids and parents learn how to safely use online resources for entertainment and school projects.
  • A year-round program and activity calendar offers complete information about Library programs, activities, and special events for kids and families.
  • A modern Computer Lab provides young patrons with Internet access, online research resources, word processing software, and other tools for homework and school projects.
  • A Junior High area furnished with comfortable seating and a music listening station provides middle school students a special place to read, study, and relax.
  • The Ardell Faulhaber Parent-Teacher collection includes books and other resources that address issues of child development and learning.
  • The Jeanne and Paul Simon Braille Book Collection offers books for pre-readers through eighth grade. The collection includes more than 160 titles, with two copies of each available so that children can read with a tutor, parent, or friend.
  • A Homeschool Resource file is available in the Youth Services reference area to provide home educators with information, support, and resources.
  • Many teacher resources and classroom services are available to Skokie schools.  for more information about the Library’s resources for teachers.
  • Come On In! offers a Special Needs Collection, an adapted computer, activity bins, and programs for children with disabilities. Resource books and videos for parents and professionals who care for children with special needs are available in the Parent-Teacher and Adult Nonfiction collections.
  • The Bookmobile makes seventeen weekly stops, carrying Library materials to locations all over Skokie.

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Policies and Services for Borrowing Materials

Applications for library borrower's cards are available at the Circulation Desks, or online. One form of identification with name, photo, and address (such as a current driver's license or state I.D.) that demonstrate Skokie residency are required. Applicants aged 16 and under need the signature of a parent or guardian. Current Skokie library cardholders are also entitled to basic borrowing privileges at any of the forty-four North Suburban Library System member public libraries.

Library cards Renewals Extended loan fees
Loan periods Reserves Lost materials
Loan limits Returning library materials LINKin and interlibrary loan


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Skokie Public Library
is closed each year on:
New Year's Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Staff Day - 12.12.2014
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day
The Library closes at 5:00pm
on New Year's Eve


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