The Richton Park Public Library District is a perfect example of community library support. This began when village trustees investigated library services. Interest in a library was strong, and in 1972 a storefront was rented, located at 22365 Governors Highway.
The storefront had been a coffee-house and volunteers did extensive cleaning and renovation in order to convert it into a library. Books were obtained through donations from area residents, and the Suburban Library System and the Illinois State Library. Fundraisers, including bake sales, book sales and paper drives were held. Volunteers constructed shelves for the books and furniture was donated to the library.
The Library soon opened and was staffed entirely with volunteers. In 1974, village residents gave their approval to a referendum to establish the Richton Park Public Library District.
With rapid growth of the Library, it was soon realized that the storefront facility was inadequate. A solution was found in 1979 when the village agreed to lease the old Village Hall to the Library. After extensive renovation, the Library
opened on March 30, 1981 at its new location, 4045 Sauk Trail.
The next years brought new patrons, more books and growth in library services. The need for more space was again apparent. In the fall of 1984 an addition was built, adding more room for books and people.
The library continued to grow in use throughout the 1980’s and the 1990’s. In 1995, the voters approved funding for double the size of the Library. With a larger building, more services were added, including Internet access.
We are proud of our past and look forward to the changes and opportunities that the future has in store for the library, the patrons and the community of Richton Park, IL.