The Woodstock Public Library is located in Woodstock Illinois. The library serves two population areas: the residents of the City of Woodstock and the residents of School District 200 who live outside of the Woodstock city boundaries.
Americans with Disabilities Act
All areas of the Woodstock Public Library are wheelchair accessible.
The library has assistive equipment available to the public while in the library. This equipment includes:
In addition, the library meeting rooms are equipped with a sound system and assistive hearing devices. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service, or activity at the Woodstock Public Library should use the Contact Us form, email or call the library as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event.
No Bids Pending.
The Woodstock Public Library is a department of the City of Woodstock. How to File a Freedom of Information Act Request with the City of Woodstock
The following are instructions on how to file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the City of Woodstock:
1) Please make your request for records in writing. The City of Woodstock does not require the completion of a standard form for this purpose, although you may use the form below if you wish. You may submit your written request in person or by mail, fax or email.
Please direct your request:
FOIA Officer – Cindy Smiley
City of Woodstock
121 West Calhoun Street
Woodstock, IL 60098
FAX: (815) 334-2269
2) Please be as specific as possible when describing the records you are seeking. Remember, the Freedom of Information Act is designed to allow you to inspect or receive copies of Records. It is not designed to require a public body to answer questions. To the extent that you wish to ask questions of a Representative of the City of Woodstock, you may call the Office of the City Manager (815) 338-4301 to be directed to the proper person.
3) Please tell us whether you would like copies of the requested records or whether you wish to examine the records in person. You have the right to do either.
4) There is no fee for up to 50 pages of standard paper copies. For pages beyond 50, there is a .15-cent-per-page charge.
5) You are permitted to ask for a waiver of copying fees. To do so, please include the following statement (or a similar statement in your written FOIA request: “I request a waiver of all fees associated with this request.” In addition, you must include a specific explanation as to why your request for information is in the public interest – not simply your personal interest – and merits a fee waiver.
6) Please include your name, preferred telephone number(s), mailing address, and, if you wish, your electronic mail address.
Public documents available from the City of Woodstock include but are not limited to City Council Minutes, Ordinances, Resolutions, Contracts and Bid Documents, and correspondence, and other documents as necessary to conduct the business of the City. Many of these documents are immediately available, depending upon age and location.
Above please find a link to the Organizational Chart for the City of Woodstock.
If you have any questions, please contact the Deputy City Clerk at 815-338-4301 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Mon-Thu 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
*Sundays 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Closed on Sundays during the summer.
*Please check the Calendar listing for holiday and staff training closing days.
414 W. Judd St
Woodstock Illinois 60098
Telephone: 815-338-0542 Fax: 815-334-2296 Email: email@example.com
The library has two book return facilities that can be used at anytime:
1) On the library building to the left of the main doors.
2) At the Wonder Lake State Bank, at 3316 Thompson Road, Wonder Lake. This book return is checked regularly and materials returned to the library.
We're unique! We have two library boards. The City of Woodstock Public Library Board has nine trustees appointed by the mayor while the Rural Woodstock Public Library District Board has seven elected trustees. The City of Woodstock board meets the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m.. The Rural Woodstock Public Library board meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.
All meetings of the Library Board are open to the public. In compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), they are fully accessible, and if any further accommodations are needed, please contact the Library Director 48 hours prior to the meeting.
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Woodstock Public Library Board Members
Mary Ann Lenzen, President
Paul Lockwood, Vice President
Lori Nerland, Secretary
Daniel Lemanski, Treasurer
All city board members reside within the city limits of Woodstock, 60098.
Woodstock Public Library
414 W. Judd
Woodstock IL 60098
Meeting Notice: Finance Committee
Members of the Woodstock Public Library Finance Committee will meet on January 26, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. in the Board Room of the Woodstock Public Library.
The FY2015/16 Budgets will be reviewed.
For information contact Nicholas Weber, 815-338-0542 x 14115
Minutes of the Library Board of Trustees are posted here after they are approved. They remain posted for the calendar year.
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Barbara Pfannkuche, President
Jan Vanderspool, Vice President
Patricia Schuler, Secretary
Diane Range Magnuson, Treasurer
Rural Woodstock Public Library District: http://www.ruralwoodstocklibrary.com
Rural Woodstock Public Library District
414 W. Judd St.
Woodstock IL 60098
RE: RWPLD January Board Meeting
FOR INFORMATION CONTACT: NICHOLAS WEBER, 815-338-0542 x 14115
The regular January 7, 2015 meeting of the Rural Woodstock Public Library District Board of Trustees has been cancelled. The meeting will be rescheduled to take place on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the Board Room of the library, 414 W. Judd Street, Woodstock.
All meetings of the Library Board are open to the public. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), they are fully accessible, and if any further accommodations are needed, please contact the Library Director 48 hours prior to the meeting.
Minutes are posted after they have been approved by the Board. They remain posted for the calendar year.
For more information about the Rural Woodstock Library District (will open in new window)
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The Library Calendar has complete library closing information. Holidays that the library is closed for include:
The library is also closed periodically for staff service workshops. These dates/times will be announced posted in the library and on our website when they occur.
The library makes every effort to stay open on snowy days, even when District 200 has declared a snow day. However, if the weather and road conditions are deemed unsafe, the library may close early, or open late. These closings will be posted on the front page of this library's website.
If the library loses power to the building for a sustained period of time the library building will need to be closed for safety reasons unitl power is restored.
Library Building Design Information
Opened in 1891, the library was originally located in the Woodstock Opera House. The library moved to its Judd Street location in 1959. The 4000 sq ft building was designed by local architect William Fyfe, a former student of Frank Lloyd Wright. The brick pillars throughout the reference area are from the 1959 building.
The library underwent two more expansions in 1966 (Fyfe, architect) and in 1987. The 1987 expansion by the architectural firm of O'Donnell Wicklund Pigozzi of Deerfield increased the library size to nearly 23,000 sq. ft. and added upper and lower levels to the building. Originally the Children’s Room and a meeting room were located in the lower level and the adult nonfiction and reference collections were on the upper level. The entrance to the building was moved to the west side, from the parking lot, instead of the original front door location on Judd Street with a back entrance from the north side driveway.
The 2001 expansion of the library by Frye Gillan Molinaro Architects of Chicago retained the upper and lower levels of the 1987 building and the brick pillars from the 1959 building. The 43,000 sq. ft. revision of the library moved the Children’s Room to the main floor of the library, and provides a variety of meeting spaces from study rooms to meeting rooms.
The antique oak tables located in the Margaret Marchi Reading Room are from the library’s first days in the Woodstock Opera House in the 1890s. The slanted table and benches in the Children’s Room and several adult fiction display stands are from the 1959 and 1966 renovations. Much of the upper level furniture is from the 1987 addition. The two large portable display cases are new, created for the library by John Scharres, Managing Director of the Woodstock Opera House.
March 23, 2011 marked the 120th Anniversary of the official opening of the Woodstock Public Library.
The original library was located in the Woodstock Opera House (then called City Hall). In 1891, the city's population was 1,893 and library had just over a 1,000 books on its shelves. The foundation of the library's early book collection was donated to the City of Woodstock by the two private subscription library organizations: the Woodstock Literary & Library Association and the Young Men's Literary Society.
Some notable dates and statistics in the Woodstock Public Library's history:
1931 - 37,671 books checked out. City population 5,471
1971 - 96,756 books checked out. Collection size is 31,501 City population 10,266
2010 - 329,404 items checked out. Collection size is 127,401 items. City population 24,970
March 23 1891 - Woodstock Public Library, located in two rooms in the Woodstock City Hall (now called Woodstock Opera House), is formally opened with a ceremony.
1959 - Library moves to its own building on Judd Street. The building was designed by local architect William Fyfe, a former student of Frank Lloyd Wright. At 4,500 square feet and a cost of $60,000 the new library featured air conditioning and a children’s area. The brick pillars in the current building's Reference Area are from this original 1959 building.
1965 - Library became a charter member of the Northern Illinois Library System
1966 - A library addition doubles the size of the building to over 8,000 square feet. William Fyfe designed the addition. Woodstock population is 9,910
1977 - Rural Woodstock Public Library District formed after a successful referendum in. It encompasses the area in Community School District 200 which is outside the city limits of Woodstock.
1983 - Friends of Woodstock Public Library founded to support and provide fundraising for the library.
1985 – Library offers Sunday hours for the first time.
1987 - Library addition expanded the library to 23,000 sq ft. This addition created the upper and lower levels that still exist today. The Children’s Room and Story-time Room was located on the lower level, along with a meeting room. The upper level housed the Adult Non Fiction & Reference Collections.
Building addition designed by OWP (O'donnell Wicklund Pigozzi, Inc)
1987 - Computers used for the first time check out materials to patrons.
1990 - Computer Catalog available for the first time to allow customers to locate materials.
1994 – Card Catalog is officially “closed”, library staff is no long typing up card catalog cards for each item added to the collection.
1996 - Internet available to the public for the first time on two computers. Two word processors also available.
March 2000 - Successful tax referendum to expand library to 43,000 sq ft. The architectural firm of Frye, Gillan and Molinaro plans the library expansion.
April 2000 – Library collection and all contents are temporarily moved to 222 Church St (formerly Diamond Exteriors and now the Challenger Discovery Center) to facilitate expansion.
June 2001 - Library moves back to renovated library building. The expanded building offers over 20 internet stations, study rooms, two meeting rooms, self-checkout system and a greatly expanded Children's Room.
2005 - eBooks and audiobooks available for download by library patrons.
2008 - New website released.
2010 - Self Service Holds and new self check out system provided.
2013 - Overdue fines increased (25 cents DVDs/Videogames 20 cents all other materials)
2013 - Videogames added to collection
2013 - Magazines & Newspapers moved to main floor
2014 - YA Area moved upstairs. Local History moved to main floor. New Books and A/V moved to former YA area
Erastus Richards 1891-1891
Marion B. Rogers 1891-1892
Mrs. C.M. Curtis (nee Winifred Hall)1892-1911
Lura Wandrack 1911 to 1948
Edna Wienke 1948 to 1959
Dorothy Frederick 1959
Edith Knilans 1959 to 1962
Margaret Marchi 1962 to 1981
Margaret Field Crane 1981 to 2009
Mary Petro 2009 to 2012
Nicholas Weber 2013 to present
Additional photographs of the contemporary and historic library are available on the the library's Flickr photostream:
Library policies to be aware of while using the library.
See the attached PDF for the Library's Meeting Room Policy. Additional information can be found in the "How Do I...Use the Meeting Rooms" section
Please refer to the following attachments for the library's Computer and Internet Use policies.
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Used book donations are welcome and will be placed in the Friends of Woodstock Public Library's Used Book Sale Room. Books must be in good condition and suitable for reselling. Please do not donate: magazines, puzzles, games, Reader's Digest Condensed Books, textbooks, or encyclopedias.
Please contact the Library Director regarding monetary gifts, bequests or endowments for the Library.
1. Each person wishing to take out materials must have registered with the library and must present his or her own card.
2. Library cards are non-transferable.
3. Library cards are valid only for the address cited when the card is issued. Patrons must notify the library of change of address.
4. All residents of the City of Woodstock (5 years old or older) are entitled to free library cards.
5. Rural Woodstock Public Library District residents are entitled to free Rural Basic Cards, that are restricted. District residents can opt to pay $36 per year per family to obtain full service cards that provide all services available to city residents.
6. Non-residents pay $150 per family per year. Each member of the family may have his or her own card.
7. Reciprocal privileges are extended to persons holding valid cards from other tax supported public libraries in Illinois. Some restrictions apply.
Loan Periods, Material Limits, and Overdue Fines
1. Books, CDs, and books on cassette or CD may be checked out for 21 days and renewed twice with these exceptions:
2. Videos and DVDs may be checked out for 7 days and renewed only once except items with holds and some interlibrary loan items. There is a limit of 5 DVDs per person.
3. Back issues of newspapers and magazines may be checked out for 21 days. Current issues must be used in the library.
4. Overdue fines, as of May 1, 2013, are 25 cents per day for DVDs and video games; 20 cents per day for everything else (books, CDs, magazines, etc). Material is overdue until returned, renewed, or paid for. First overdue notices are sent when materials are 7 days overdue. Additional information regarding overdue or lost materials is available here.
5. Nothing will be checked out to a person whose borrower's card has 5 overdue items or fines of $5 or more.
6. Failure to pay fines and return or pay for items may result in suspension of library privileges for the entire family. Failure to return items is a Class A misdemeanor according to the Illinois Criminal Code, Chapter 38, Article 6B. The Library does use a Collection Agency to retrieve materials.
7. Vacation loans: Persons who will be out of town may check out materials for six weeks but they are not renewable. New books may not be checked out on vacation loans.
8. Library projectors may be rented for use outside the library only by adult resident borrowers using a current card and paying the rental fee. A reciprocal adult borrower may check out projectors for meeting room use only by using a current card and paying the rental fee. Rental fees are charged if the projector has lamps that burn out and must be replaced.
9. All residents and rural residents paying the User Fee are limited to a maximum of
11. Reciprocal borrowers have the same limits throughout the system
Updated: May 2014
The Woodstock Public Library is dedicated to providing access to knowledge and information through reading, writing, and quiet contemplation, providing patrons the right to use materials and services without being disturbed or impeded, and providing patrons and employees a secure and comfortable environment. The Public Library Act provides the Board of Library Trustees with the general power to carry out the spirit and intent of the Act in establishing and maintaining the library and providing library services and the specific power to “exclude from the use of the library any person who willfully violates an ordinance or regulation prescribed.”
The Board of Library Trustees of the Woodstock Public Library establishes its conduct policy as follows:
1. A patron who engages in any activity which is illegal or which materially disrupts the use of library facilities, collections, or services by patrons or materially disrupts the ability of the staff to perform its duties shall cease such activity immediately upon request by library personnel.
2. If, following a request, the patron fails or refuses to comply or responds to the request in an abusive fashion, he or she will be required to leave the library premises immediately for the balance of that calendar day. If he or she fails to leave, the police will be summoned
3. In instances involving minors, identification will be requested and the incident may be reported to the parent or guardian. The Library Director has the discretion to require a parent or guardian to accompany the child in the library for an agreed upon period of time.
4. Library personnel will record instances in which patrons are required to leave the library by filing an Incident Form. The Library Director shall have the discretion to bar the patron from use of the library premises.
5. In the event a patron barred from the use of the library attempts entry to the library during any such period of exclusion, the police will be summoned and informed of the prior action.
6. In the event the individual challenges the decision of the Library Director, he or she may appeal in writing to the Board of Trustees. In lieu of a specific period of exclusion, an individual must make a written request to the Board of Trustees for reinstatement.
Unattended Children Policy
Parents are responsible for the behavior of their children while they are in the library. The Woodstock Public Library staff is committed to help children with activities related to the library. Library staff cannot be, nor is it their responsibility, to serve as baby-sitters or disciplinarians. Violations of this policy are grounds for suspension of library privileges. Whenever advisable, the library will notify the parent of incidents involving an unattended child.
• Children age seven and younger must be accompanied and directly supervised at all times by a parent or responsible caregiver. The minimum age for a caregiver is at least 14.
• Children between the ages of eight and ten must have a parent or responsible caregiver of at least 14 years of age present in the building so that they are available to supervise and remain attentive to the child.
• Children over the age of 10 may use the library unattended by an adult, subject to other library rules and policies concerning behavior, conduct, and demeanor.
When the safety of an unattended child is in doubt, or the parent or responsible caregiver cannot be located, or if the library is closing, library staff is authorized to call the police and stay with the child until the police arrive.
In the event a child 13 years old or younger has not been picked up at the time the library is closing, library staff will attempt to contact the child’s parent or guardian. If 15 minutes after the library closes the parent/guardian has not come to pick up the child, the police will be notified.
Amended November 2009
The Rural Woodstock Public Library District serves residents who live outside the Woodstock City limits, but within the Woodstock Community School District 200 boundaries. http://www.ruralwoodstocklibrary.com (will open in new window)
What is the relationship between the City of Woodstock Public Library and the Rural Woodstock Public Library District?
The City of Woodstock Public Library is governed by the City of Woodstock Library Board which oversees the library’s budget and policies due to tax support from citizens within the City limits. The Rural Woodstock Public Library District Board has two main functions: (1) to negotiate a contract for library services and (2) to serve as an advisory board to the City of Woodstock Library Board.
The Rural Woodstock Public Library District Board of Trustees meets the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. There are seven members who are elected for six-year terms. Trustees must reside within the borders of the Rural District. The meetings are held in the Board Room of the Library and are open to the public.
Library Cards for Rural Woodstock Public Library Residents
1) A rural basic service library card is available for District residents that includes restricted library services at no charge. These services include checking out a total of three (3) items per person at any one time and accessing the Internet on library computers. Basic cards also give patrons the ability to place holds on Woodstock Public Library materials only, and search research databases that require a library card for access. Any rural resident 5 years of age or older may have his or her own library card.
2) A rural full service library card is available by paying a user fee of $36 per household per year. Additional services that are available with this fee include increasing the borrowing limit to 50 items, the same limit enjoyed by City residents, the ability to place holds on library materials owned by other nearby libraries, and request for inter-library loans from any library in the U.S. Only full-user cardholders may use their Woodstock library card at other Illinois libraries.
Scholarships For Rural District Residents
Scholarships are available at the Woodstock Public Library for residents of the Rural Woodstock Public Library District whose income would qualify them for either free or reduced price meals with the school district. These scholarships are used to pay for part of the $38 per household per year user fee required for rural residents to obtain full-service library cards.
Households eligible for free meals through School District 200 receive a scholarship to pay for all but $5.00 of the $36 fee. Scholarships are available for all households meeting these requirements even if they do not have children in School District 200. The household income level to qualify varies based upon household size. Residents who think they may qualify can find out details by calling the Library (815) 338-0542 or by visiting at 414 W. Judd Street, Woodstock.
Wonder Lake Book Return
Wonder Lake residents can return Woodstock Public Library books at the Thompson Road branch of the Wonder Lake State Bank, at 3316 Thompson Road, Wonder Lake.
Additional Information for Rural Woodstock Public Library District Citizens The “brick and mortar” costs of the library, as well as operational costs, are paid entirely by the City residents through taxes. The contract negotiated between the City and Rural Boards covers library services only. The Rural District currently holds no equity in the building, furnishings, or collections of the Woodstock Public Library.
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Your Woodstock Public Library card provides access to books, DVDs, and many other items. Your card also allows you to download movies, audiobooks and use the library's online databases for research . Click here to learn how to get a library card.
Logon to the Internet stations with your library card number. When logging on for the first time cardholders should enter a password or PIN when prompted on the login screen. Non-cardholders can logon using a guest number, obtainable at the Reference Desk.
Children (13 and under) need to have a parent present to fill out an Internet Agreement form in order to access the internet the first time.
Cost is 10 cents for B&W; 50 cents for color. Please add money to your Printing Account at the Reference or Children's Staff Desks prior to printing
Everyone who uses a library computer must follow our policy regarding computer and Internet use.
Volunteers needed - take on a rewarding challenge and help the community by becoming a volunteer tutor with the Woodstock Public Library’s English as a Second Language Program. This program assists adults who want to learn English. Tutors receive special training and don’t need teaching experience or fluency in another language besides English. After training, tutors are assigned to work one-on-one for two hours a week with a student at the library. Persons interested in becoming a tutor should call Julie Fee at the library at 815-338-0542.
The library has two meeting rooms available for community meetings. Additional information is available in the "How Do I" section of the website.
There is a color copier near the Front Desk and a scanner/printer near the Reference Desk. Copies are 10 cents for B&W copies; 50 cents for color copies. The copier and the scanner/printer are capable of doing double-sided copies.
See our online calendar for upcoming programs and registrations. The library's programs are also published in the City of Woodstock's City Scene newsletter which comes out three times a year. A PDF copy of the library's portion of the most recent City Scene is available here.
There is a self-service public fax and scanner in the Reference Area. The cost is $1.00 per page for U.S. faxes, and $1.50 for international and U.S. territories. Incoming faxes for individuals can not be accepted. Please ask the Reference Librarian for assistance or additional information. The scanner may be used to scan documents to a printer, USB drive or email - cost is ten cents per page.
Talking Book and Braille Service provides audiobooks and Braille texts to residents who are blind, visually handicapped, or have other physical limitations or a reading disability. (PDF Application Form)
The library has federal and state tax forms available, free of charge, in the Reference Area. If the tax form you need is not available on the Tax Forms display, check to see if the Reference Librarian can print a copy from the IRS website or the Illinois Department of Revenue website (cost 10 cents a page). Federal tax forms usually begin arriving at the end of December, Illinois state forms usually are available towards the end of January.
The librarians at the Reference Desk are here to help you find whatever you are looking for whether it is a book, poem, information for a report, or help with the internet. Please ask us--we are here to help you.
Register to vote for all local, general and primary elections at the Library. Please bring two forms of valid identification. An individual may register to vote in Illinois if he/she is 18 years or older on the next election day, resides in the jurisdiction for 30 days prior to the election, and is a U.S. citizen. Registrations can not be taken during the 30 days prior to an election.
The Friends of Woodstock Public Library were formed in April 1983 to support the library through fundraising, special programs, and volunteering. In their 25 years, Friends have donated over $150,000 in gifts, supported two successful building referenda in 1985 and 1999, sponsored many special programs and baked cookies for the annual Ice Cream Social.
Spotlight on Friend’s Gifts
The Friends have presented the library with generous gifts for such things as the new monitor at the Front Desk that is used to promote upcoming programs and services, photocopiers, a wheelchair for patrons, a CD/DVD buffer and the Modern Scholar lectures on CD. The Friends have paid for most of the Activity Kit backpacks in the Children’s area and have purchased the entire collection of PlayAway audio books on MP3 players.
The Friends pay for the maintenance of the library's 390-gallon salt water aquarium The most recent purchases were the Wii and PlayStation2 gaming consoles and games. These were introduced during the 25th Anniversary Open House in April, and are used regularly during after school programs. Teen gaming in public libraries is a hot topic—thanks to Friends we can be part of the scene.
MiniLinks Golf Equipment Rental
The Friends of Woodstock Public Library has been holding successful golf fundraisers at the Woodstock Public Library since 2009. Always held in the middle of March, the event includes:
18-hole mini golf course that weaves throughout the three floors of the library
Pizza & Refreshments
Lots of fun
During other times of the year the Friends make their ‘golf course’ available for rent to non-profit and profit organizations. If you are interested in learning more about the MiniLinks Golf Equipment Rental please refer the PDF attached to the bottom of the page.
To Join The Friends
Fill out and mail in the attached (below) Membership Form or bring it to the front desk at the library. The Friends are in need of members to serve on their board - - help shape what the next fundraiser will look like!
Annual Friends Membership Fees:
FRIENDS OF THE WOODSTOCK PUBLIC LIBRARY
President -Claude Smith
Vice President- Michael Gullotto
Treasurer- Mary Ellen Prindiville
Corresponding Secretary - Betty Hopp
Recording Secretary - Rick Johnson
Members at Large - Gayle Hoch, Gay Mather, Elizabeth Collins, OPEN position.
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