News Category: Library News

New Trustees and Officers at Mount Prospect Public Library

Newly elected Board of Trustees of the Mount Prospect Public Library were sworn in during the Board’s monthly meeting on May 20, welcoming back reelected Trustees and a new Trustee to the Board. 

From the April 6 Consolidated Election, voters reelected Trustee Sylvia Haas to a two-year term and Trustee Kristine O’Sullivan to a six-year term. New to the Board with a six-year term is Trustee Rosemary Groenwald. Mount Prospect Village Clerk Karen Agoranos attended the meeting remotely to swear in the elected officials.

During Thursday’s board meeting, the Board appointed Trustee Marie Bass to fill the vacancy when former library Trustee Terri Gens was elected to the Mount Prospect Village Board. The term runs until the next Consolidated Election in April 2023. 

The Board also elected officers for the 2021-2022 term: Trustee Michael Duebner as president, Trustee Sylvia Fulk as vice president, Trustee Brian Gilligan as treasurer, and Trustee Bass as secretary. 

The Board meets the third Thursday of each month. For information about upcoming meetings, visit Board of Trustees. 

Mount Prospect Public Library Announces New Hours

The Mount Prospect Public Library announces new operating hours effective today at the Main Library. The change reflects library usage and community feedback. The new hours are: 

Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m.-6 p.m. 

Both the Main Library and South Branch are open during regular hours, and we invite patrons to browse materials, use computers, or ask questions of our expert staff. The library continues to offer Parking Lot Pickup and Home Delivery services, as well. 

 For more information about the library, visit www.mppl.org. 

Mount Prospect Public Library Is Fine Free

Today the Mount Prospect Public Library is officially a fine free library. In June 2020, the Board of Trustees declared a Fine Amnesty Day and cleared patrons’ accounts of fines. Since then, the library hasn’t assessed any fines, and as of April 1 it is now library policy. 

We want everyone in the community to have access to materials, not worry about overdue fines when ‘life happens,’” said Executive Director Su Reynders. We want people to use the library, not avoid it because of fines that added up over time.” 

Patrons should still return materials by the due date, and the library will offer reminders the first week when materials are overdue. When items are 14 days overdue, patrons won’t be able to check out any new materials or use electronic resources until they are returned.

For many years, the library moved toward helping patrons avoid late fines altogether, including automatic renewals. Reynders noted this is one reason why fines made up a very small part of the library budget. 

In 2019, late fines accounted for approximately .06% of our budget. By removing fines, we are more likely to have materials returned, which is better for the community and the library,” said Reynders. 

The fine free policy only applies to overdue items; the library still assesses fees to replace unreturned, lost, or damaged items. To learn more, visit https://mppl.org/about-us/fine-free. 

2020 Annual Report

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The Mount Prospect Public Library released its 2020 Annual Report today. The report includes details about library services provided to our community during the pandemic lockdown, new services added in 2020, photos, key statistics and achievements, connections in the community, and the library’s relationship with the Friends and Foundation. A digital copy of the Annual Report is available online (https://mppl.org/annualreport2020); limited print copies are available at the Main Library and South Branch. 

MPPL Reopens South Branch to Public

With a fresh coat of paint and a new layout to welcome visitors, the Mount Prospect Public Library reopened its South Branch today, operating with limited capacity and time limits.  

Services offered to the public at South Branch include:

  • Browsing to check out materials
  • Computers
  • Scanning
  • Printing
  • Copying

Patrons may also use faxing services and pay with a credit card; no cash accepted.  

All visitors are required to wear face coverings and practice safe distancing while inside the library; children under the age of 2 are the only patrons exempt from wearing a face covering. 

 For contactless options, South Branch continues to offer Parking Lot Pickup and virtual programming. For more details, visit the library’s website or call 847-590-4090. 

South Branch hours are Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Friday before the second Saturday of the month 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; second Saturday of the month 11 a.m-3 p.m.  

The library’s services may change at any time. We are actively monitoring conditions for the health and safety of our patrons and staff, and we will adjust accordingly. The library’s actions are guided by available science and information from public health and infectious disease experts, Executive Orders from the Office of Governor Pritzker, and the American Library Association. The safety of our patrons and staff is our highest priority.