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The Chicago Heights Free Public Library has been providing library
service to the residents of Chicago Heights for more than a century.
On February 20, 1902, only ten years after Chicago Heights incorporated
as a village, library service was begun in the southeast room on
the second floor of Old City Hall. The cornerstone for the first
library building, subsidized by a $15,000.00 gift from Andrew Carnegie,
was laid November 1, 1902. Library service was provided from that
building until August 1972, when the present building, located at
25 West 15th Street, opened to the public.
Today, the library’s collection has grown to include over
130,000 items, including almost 80,000 books, over 2,000 Video’s/DVDs,
almost 4,000 books on cassette, over 1,200 compact discs and more
than 2,500 large print books plus a growing collection of materials
related to Chicago Heights history. Library services include access
to materials from other libraries throughout the state and country.
Public access computers are available during regular library hours,
and are used over 2500 times each month.
Readers who are unable to come to the Library may have books delivered
to them through the Homebound Program.
Residents of Chicago Heights are entitled to a free library card.
The Library requires proof of name and address from applicants such
as a driver’s license, current utility bill, rental agreement
that bears the address, or postmarked first class mail. Children
under 14 are eligible for cards as soon as they can print or write
their first names. A parent’s signature also is required,
along with identification provided by a parent.
Current information on children’s programming can be obtained
by calling the library.
Library hours during the school year are: Monday – Thursday
from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. Friday and Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Sunday 1:00 pm to 5 pm.