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About Us

The Elk Grove Village Public Library serves a population of just over 33,000 residents in Cook and DuPage Counties.


Our Vision

Connecting our community by sharing knowledge.


Our Mission

We facilitate the sharing of knowledge among people of all ages for the purpose of enriching lives and building community.


Our Values

Developing Awareness and Engagement

We stimulate greater public awareness and cultivate trusted relationships.

Responding to the Community

We provide services, materials, and technology that meet diverse community needs.

Cultivating Lifelong Learning

We help people life fruitful lives by helping them enhance their skills and knowledge.

Building on Strengths

We develop staff and improve our facilities to provide excellent service.


Library History

2020 The Library goes fines free.
2019 The Library celebrates its 60th anniversary.
2018 Elk Lab Makerspace opens in December.
2015 Debra Nelson is named the Library's director.
2013 Patrick McDonald is named the Library's director.
2011 Rhonda Szewczyk receives the Oberman-Richard Award, presented by Illinois Library Association's Reaching Forward.
2010 For the consecutive second year, HAPLR rates the Library as the best in the North Suburban Library System (NSLS).
2009 HAPLR rates the Library as the best in the North Suburban Library System (NSLS) and the third best in Illinois.
2009 The Library celebrates its 50th anniversary.
2008 The Circulation area is completely remodeled and moved to the lobby.
2003 A new room with 24 computers is added in Adult Services.
2003 Expansion of Youth Services is completed.
1997 Lee Maternowski is named the Library's director.
1990 The Library's collection expands to 363,000 items.
1990 The Library moves to its third and current location on Wellington Avenue.
1987 Salk Creek floods and causes extensive damage to the Library's furniture and destroys 30,000 books.
1979 The Library adds it 100,000th volume to its collection.
1979 The Library begins using computers for all its circulation functions.
1977 A second story is added to the Library's building.
1971 A 6,000 sq. ft. addition to the Library's building is completed.
1966 The Library's collection expands to 10,000 items.
1966 The Library moves into its second location, a 2.58-acre property near Biesterfield Road and Salt Creek.
1965 The Library officially becomes a part of the North Suburban Library System.
1959 The Library first opens in a house on Forest Lane with a collection of 1,500 books.
1959 The Elk Grove Village Junior Woman's Club starts the "A Book and A Buck" campaign to help raise funds for equipment and books for the Library.