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Our Mission

 

Through dedicated personal service, we connect our diverse community to resources and experiences that educate, enrich, and inspire.

Read full Mission and Purpose Statement


Who We Serve

The Cook Memorial Public Library District proudly serves 61,000 residents in central Lake County, covering Libertyville, Green Oaks, Mettawa, Indian Creek, most of Vernon Hills, eastern Mundelein, and adjacent unincorporated neighborhoods. View district map.

 

New to the library? Learn more about us in our welcome brochure or get a library card.


Our Core Values

Whether at Cook Park Library in Libertyville, Aspen Drive Library in Vernon Hills, the Bookmobile, or online, our dedicated team strives to promote and protect these core library values:

 

Democracy

Democracy

We believe that libraries are
an essential public good and a
fundamental institution in a
democratic society, offering
everyone the means to become an
informed citizen.

Diversity & Intellectual Freedom

Diversity & Intellectual Freedom

We create a strong foundation
for personal growth by providing
access to ideas and information
from a variety of perspectives.

Education & Lifelong Learning

Education & Lifelong Learning

We support those at every
stage of their development
and provide lifelong services
to all ages.

Equity

Equity

We provide fair and impartial
service, access, and opportunities
for all patrons and staff.

Inclusion

Inclusion

We create a welcoming
environment where everyone
is valued and respected.


2023–2026 Strategic Plan

Our new, four-year strategic plan was created after reviewing the valuable feedback from over 1,700 individual community members, businesses, and other community groups. This plan is essentially the roadmap that will help us on the way to providing innovative services and engaging collections to meet or exceed your needs, wants, and expectations of the Library. Over the next few years, we will move forward purposefully with a focus on:

 

  • Being a force for community engagement opportunities;
  • Re-establishing the Library as a community destination;
  • Building community around technology; and
  • Strengthening how we tell our story.

View the Strategic Plan.

 


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