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Library Description

The Franklin Park Public Library District is a member of the Reaching Across Illinois System (RAILS) and the Library Integrated Network Consortium (LINC), a consortium of nine libraries within RAILS. The Library serves the educational, informational, and recreational needs of Franklin Park’s diverse community, and the Library is charged with the additional duty of collecting and preserving local history. The Library is a separate government taxing unit from the Village of Franklin Park. The Library is governed by a Board of Trustees, comprised of seven members who are elected to office by the residents of the Library District. The Library’s 25,000 square foot building houses more than 150,000books, 50 magazine and newsletter subscriptions, 4,400 video recordings, 1,500 compact discs, 1,500 audio recordings, and 3,000 DVDs. In addition, the Library subscribes to 20 on-line databases that are available at public access computers within the Library. Franklin Park Public Library cardholders can access these databases from home or any other remote Internet location. The Library offers a wide variety of services. In-person, telephone, and E-mail reference service is available to library users of all ages. Access to materials beyond the physical scope of the Library is offered through interlibrary loan. Photocopiers, a microfilm reader, and listening stations are available for public use. In addition, public Internet computer stations are available in both the Adult Services and Youth Services departments. These computer stations are also equipped with popular word processing and office applications software. Library staff offer beginning level instruction on using computers, the Internet, and E-mail.

Homebound service is available for Franklin Park residents who are unable to come to the Library because of illness or physical disability. Special needs patrons have available a large screen on-line catalog station, large print books, recorded books, a computer screen print enhancement system, and an audible document reader.

Both the Adult Services and Youth Services departments utilize the Library’s large and small meeting rooms to present educational and entertainment programming, movie screenings, book
discussions, seasonal reading programs, and story hours for the public. Both meeting rooms are also reserved by community groups for their meetings and activities.

Adopted 5/22/85 Rev. 4/9/96, 6/5/07

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