Library History

The Eisenhower Public Library District serves the residents of Norridge and Harwood Heights. We began in 1972 with money provided by federal government grants. After one year, residents voted to support a library using property tax revenue, which continues to be the main source of library income today.

We were originally located in the Parkway Towers on Harlem Avenue. Because of the lack of space, we also had a bookmobile (running through 1976) which made weekly stops at local schools, the village halls, churches and several businesses.

In 1974, we moved to the CANTOS sheet metal factory. Expansion and remodeling took place in 1982, expanding the Library's usable space from 7500 square feet to 11,250 square feet.

The Library has used computers to check out materials since 1975. In February of 1984, we added a computerized card catalog, becoming the 8th library in the state of Illinois to offer this service.

In January of 2008, we moved into our brand-new state of the art, LEED certified building at 4613 N. Oketo. With over 43,000 square feet of space, we now have a dedicated children's department called Kids World, a Meeting Room that can accomodate at least 100 people, a Quiet Room featuring comfortable chairs and a fireplace, study rooms, a computer lab and more.  

We are a member of RAILS (Reaching Across Illinois Library System), a group of libraries made up of public, academic, special, high school and grade school libraries in the near south and west Chicago-area suburbs. Ask at the Library Services desk for a list of the libraries in our system. Your library card is good throughout the state of Illinois, with some exceptions.

More about our history (on Wikipedia)

More about the history of the Library and the area (Local History)