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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 (per 2010 Census figures). 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, expanding the facility to 24,500 SF. 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 80,000 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.
Join the V.I.P’s (Very Important Patrons)
We want to encourage community connections and the sharing of resources and talents by inviting adults to join our new VIP Team– a select group of individuals interested in supporting the library and its community connections. This will be a unique opportunity to meet like-minded library lovers and work together to benefit your library.
If you are interested in volunteering, please use our Volunteer Application Form.
Join our VIP Team!
We offer a variety of tasks and projects to engage our VIP Team of adult volunteers.
- Shelf organizing and alphabetizing
- Looking for missing items
- Cleaning books and DVDs
- Cleaning toys and equipment
- Assisting with inventory projects
- Create and/or prepare crafts for children’s programs and the craft table
- Share a skill or talent at a library program
- Assist staff with program set up and refreshments
Book Sale Support:
- Help us supplement library funds by sorting and listing donated books for online sales and the library’s ongoing sale.
- Assist with the annual library Book Sale
Landscape & Gardens:
- Share your gardening talents by creating and maintaining annual plantings.
- Help restore the Children’s Garden and other beautification projects.
The Friends of the Lemont Public Library not only help fund the programs you love and the collections which make our library so unique, but also act as a bridge between the library and our community.
Please see our Friends of the Lemont Public Library Brochure for more information about what they do and how to become a friend yourself.
January 1, Saturday, New Year’s Day
April 17, Sunday, Easter
April 29, Friday, Staff Institute Day
May 29, Sunday, Memorial Day Observed
May 30, Monday, Memorial Day
July 4, Monday, Independence Day
September 4, Sunday, Labor Day Observed
September 5, Monday, Labor Day
Oct 21, Friday, Staff Institute Day
Nov 23, Wednesday, Thanksgiving Eve – (Early Close at 5:00pm)
Nov 24, Thursday, Thanksgiving Day
Dec 24, Saturday, Christmas Eve
Dec 25, Sunday, Christmas Day
Approved, The Library Board of Trustees – November 30, 2021