LONG RANGE PLAN

Illinois Public Library Annual Report FY2015-2016

MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of the Lemont Public Library District is to meet the diverse and changing needs of the community by providing a center for lifelong learning and a gathering place for all residents of the district and offering a balanced selection of current, historical, and cultural materials, programs, services and technological resources for community enrichment.  

 

Lemont Public Library District serves a population of 21,685 in the village of Lemont, Illinois, Lemont township and parts of unincorporated DuPage County. The Library District is located 25 miles southwest of Chicago in Cook County. Originally settled in 1836 and incorporated in 1873, historic Lemont is one of the oldest and most unique communities in northeastern Illinois. With rolling hills and three waterways providing a scenic view, Lemont combines historic small town charm with big city amenities.

From its inception in 1929 as a small collection of books housed in the basement of the Village Hall, the Library has expanded its collections, services and facilities to keep pace with the development of Lemont and meet the needs of a vibrant, diverse community.

On November 4, 2014, voters approved a referendum for $2.8M in bonds to fund the renovation of the library. The project included a 2,500 SF addition for a new Event Space and Learning Center and renovation and reorganization of the existing facility. The 9 month transformation, began in August, 2015 and was completed in May, 2016, on time and on budget.

The updated library facility features new furnishings, spaces for public and programming use, reorganized staff areas and updated mechanical, electrical and roofing systems. Visitors may utilize a variety of study spaces for one to six persons. There are dedicated spaces for Children’s Activities, a Teen Lounge for ages 11-17 and an Adult Quiet Room.

The Library provides a variety of technology resources including WIFI access, public computers, printing, scanning and faxing services, loanable eReaders and Rokus, and digital services for cardholders, including ebooks, eaudio, emagazines and streaming music, and electronic databases.

The Library’s collection of approximately 82,000 items featuring books, music, movies, magazines, newspapers and audiobooks for all age and reading levels. The Library also offers a variety of free cultural and instructional programs for all ages, from story times, and children’s activities to teen programs, and adult technology classes and enrichment programs, including culinary demonstrations, and presentations on historical, financial, and educational topics.

Lemont Public Library is a member of the Pinnacle Library Cooperative, along with Fountaindale Library District, Joliet Public Library, White Oak Library District, Plainfield Public Library District and the Shorewood-Troy Public Library District. Our patrons have access to the combined collections of Pinnacle, totaling more than 1.3 million items through our online catalog Pinnacle.

Lemont Public Library is a member of Reaching Across Illinois Library System, a consortium of libraries in Northern Illinois that facilitates sharing of library materials through delivery. The Library also participates in the Illinois Reciprocal Borrowing Program that enables Illinois public library cardholders to visit other public libraries throughout the state and check out materials on their home library card.

We are open seven days a week to meet the needs of our residents. We invite you to visit us at 50 E. Wend Street and check out all the library has to offer.

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