About Us

Mission Statement

The North Chicago Public Library connects people with resources to develop a city of lifelong learners.

Libraries are the memory of humankind, irreplaceable repositories of documents of human thoughts and actions. The North Chicago Public Library is a facility that strives to service a diverse population of 32,574 in the North Chicago area and libraries in surrounding cities. We are responsible to provide a great storehouse of knowledge at the heart of the world’s only United States Navy Training Facility, The Great Lakes Naval Training Center which borders the city to the south and east.

As its overriding mission, the NCPL seeks to provide learning resources and informational services that support and improve individual, family, and community life while enhancing educational, historical, cultural, and recreational experiences. In addition, we courageously attempt to transform NCPL’s environment into a setting that is as comfortable as your living room. All NCPL programs are offered free of charge to North Chicago and Great Lakes Naval Training Center residents on a first-come, first-serve basis with a valid library card without distinction as to income, religion, nationality, or other human condition. Furthermore, all programs are regularly posted in the local newspaper as well as at the library. Due to its efforts, in the recent past the NCPL has doubled in cardholders and library usage by both adults and children.


North Chicago Public Library FOIA

AMENDMENT TO THE OPEN MEETING ACT- Public Act 097-0609 Concerning Public Employee Compensation & Benefits. In accordance with Public Act 097-0609, a list of all employees whose total compensation package equals or exceeds $75,000 is available in the library’s business office. The business offce is open Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm.

Click here for more information: North Chicago Public Library FOIA


Public Meeting Notice

Public notice is hereby given that North Chicago Public Library Board of Trustees, at their last regular board meeting held on May 19th, 2015, amended their bylaws to change the library board meeting dates.

The article of the bylaws to be amended is: Article III – Board of Trustees, Section 6 – Regular Meetings, and it will be amended as follows:

  • The Board of Trustees will conduct meeting the second Tuesday of each month.
  • The meeting shall be held at the North Chicago Public Library, 2100 Argonne Drive, North Chicago, Illinois starting at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. Notice of all meetings shall be posted in advance and held as required by the Illinois Open Meeting Act.
  • This amendment to the bylaws will remain in effect until further notice from the North Chicago Public Library Board of Trustees.
  • The purpose of this notice is to inform the public of the change of the meeting date.

Date of Notice: May 20th, 2015

Upcoming Events

  • Jun
    11:00 am
  • Jun
    Adult Book Club
    06:00 pm
  • Jun
    Ask a Lawyer Program
    01:00 pm
  • Jun
    Basic Pottery
    10:00 am
  • Jun
    Making Stamps
    10:00 am
  • Jun
    Gaming Days Grades 6-12
    04:00 pm
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