Brief Description
of Skokie Public Library

Skokie Public Library is committed to serving a progressive, increasingly diversifying community in a stable suburban village just north of Chicago. Serving a core population of more than 63,000 and drawing reciprocal patrons from large parts of the North Shore area, the Library is well regarded as an important information, entertainment, and community resource for people of all ages.

Skokie Public Library features a collection of more than 480,000 physical items, including books, CDs, DVDs, periodicals, and software. The Library is also active in bringing new technologies to its patrons, offering dozens of electronic resources, computer equipment and training for adults and children, assistive reading devices, and online services. A state-of-the-art Digital Media Lab opened in 2009.

The Library is run by the Director, who is hired by the Board of Library Trustees. The seven members of the Board of Trustees are elected in staggered 6-year terms during the Consolidated Election in April. The Board generally meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm in the third floor Board Room of the Library.

The Library is divided into six departments: Administration, Adult Services, Circulation Services, Technical Services, Youth Services, and Maintenance. Each department is chaired by a Department Head who reports to the Director. The Library has approximately 87 full-time and 70 part-time employees.

A major portion of the Library’s operating revenue is received from property taxes. Other revenue sources include fines, fees, and donations. A levy request is sent each December to the Village of Skokie who has levy authority for the Library. The Fiscal Year 2014 operating budget is $10,854,207.

The third floor Administrative Office of the Library is located at 5215 Oakton Street in Skokie, Illinois. For more information, check the Library’s website at www.skokielibrary.info.

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Mission:
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.