History
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 BuildingLemont 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.

Volunteer Program

 

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.

Collection Maintenance:

  • Shelf organizing and alphabetizing
  • Looking for missing items
  • Cleaning books and DVDs
  • Cleaning toys and equipment
  • Assisting with inventory projects

Program Assistant:

  • 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.
Friends of the Library

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 PDF iconFriends of the Lemont Public Library Brochure  for more information about what they do and how to become a friend yourself.

Employment

Youth Services Assistant

The Lemont Public Library is seeking a creative, enthusiastic Youth Services Assistant to join our team. The position involves providing readers’ advisory and reference services to children, teens, and their caregivers at the Youth Services Info Desk. Duties also include presenting programs for children of all ages, performing community outreach, and assisting in managing part of the youth collection. Bachelor's degree required, with minimum of one year working with children in a classroom or library setting preferred. Must have an interest in or be willing to learn about children’s books and media. Library school students are encouraged to apply. This is a part-time position, 18 hours per week at $18.50 per hour. Requires flexibility to work a variety of day, evening, and weekend hours. Please submit your cover letter and resume to Beth Kerns, Youth Services Manager at bkerns@lemontlibrary.org.

Adult Services Librarian

Part Time

Hours: 18 hours per week on a rotating schedule of days, evenings, and weekends

Salary: $18 – $24 depending on qualifications

The Lemont Public Library District is seeking an energetic, self-motivated, and customer service oriented individual to fill the position of part-time Adult Services Librarian.

The selected candidate will be expected to provide customer service at the reference desk, participate in collection development, assist with library programs, provide patrons with one on one technology assistance, create all levels of marketing materials, and other duties as assigned. The candidate must be comfortable with occasionally serving as the person in charge in the building, particularly during weekend shifts.

Qualifications: Master’s Degree in Library Science or Information Science from an accredited library school preferred. Library experience preferred, but new graduates encouraged to apply. Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, experience with ILS software, library databases, social media, and eBook lending platforms required.

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Application Procedure: Interested parties should submit their resume, cover letter and references to Justin Williams, Adult Services Manager, via email at jwilliams@lemontlibrary.org

Lemont Public Library District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

For a printout of our employment application, click PDF iconhere.

 

2022 Library Close Dates

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 

Nov. 11, 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