About the Library

Mission Statement

The Wilmette Public Library District exists to serve the informational, intellectual, cultural, and leisure needs of the Wilmette and Kenilworth resident and business communities.

Vision Statement

A community inspired by a love of knowledge and discovery.

Strategic Plan

Every three to five years, Library staff and board go through a strategic planning process to reevaluate our mission, vision, and long-term goals. This process helps ensure that we are meeting community needs and addressing needed updates in the building and our technology, and provides an outlet for staff to address and reflect on local and industry changes and trends. The 2018-2021 plan, named Shaping our Future, was created with input from the community and represents five vibrant goals to guide us in the coming years.

Antiracist Statement & EDI Commitment

Wilmette Public Library stands in solidarity with all who are working to recognize and end racism and inequity. The fight for dignity, justice, and equality is a matter of basic human rights. We grieve with our nation as we collectively face the clear exposure of our deeply-rooted systems of racism and structural violence.

The Library is a place where all are welcomed and treated with dignity and respect. Our collections, services, and resources reflect the diversity of our community while also providing new opportunities to engage with neighbors and learn about cultures and viewpoints.

We believe that words have the power to make change actionable. Now is the time to both listen and make our voices heard as we strongly denounce racism, hate, discrimination, and violence. Together we can build a more just, resilient, and inclusive community for all.

Affirmed by the Board of Library Trustees June 23, 2020

Annual Report & Library Finances

Each year, the Library prepares a report summarizing our activities and finances for the previous year. This annual report is available digitally and is distributed to the community in December. To receive the annual report, sign up for emails from the library