Waukegan Public Library

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Since 1898, Waukegan Public Library has been committed to making a difference in the community. Through information and readers’ services, programs, classes, exhibits, print and digital collections and more,

Waukegan Public Library serves an average of 1,000 patrons of all ages every day. The library’s innovative services and community-focused work was recognized in 2013 with the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the highest honor given to museums and libraries in the country.

Essential services

Waukegan Public Library is dedicated to enriching the lives of Waukegan residents through learning, from early childhood to adulthood. The library’s collection includes books, magazines, DVDs & Blu-Ray discs, audiobooks and e-books. The library provides internet access, public access computers, collaborative workstations, study rooms and meeting rooms. A small café space and the Friends of the Waukegan Public Library’s book sale provide opportunities for patrons to gather together, work together and support the library’s work.

The library brings the community together for a variety of fun events throughout the year, including its free summer concert series. Find a full calendar of events for all ages at waukeganpl.org/calendar.

Children’s & family services

Waukegan Public Library offers a variety of world-class opportunities for children to learn and grow. The award-winning Early Learning Center (ELC), located in the Children’s Department on the lower level, is an innovative, museum-like bilingual learning environment. Sponsored by North Shore Gas, the ELC teaches preschool concepts like letter, number and color recognition through a fun theme. Supportive programming includes story times for children from birth through age 7, hands-on programs for kids in grades 3-8, homework help during the school year and family activities.

Young adult & adult services

Information and readers’ services are available to young adults (high schoolers and older) and adults, with librarians ready to help with research requests, technology assistance, notary services and more. Programming for young adults includes an open study space, leadership council and college preparatory workshop series – as well as enrichment programs.

Opportunities for adults include monthly book club, seasonal reading programs, volunteering and cultural programming.

Learning services

The library is committed to supporting Waukegan through a lifetime of learning – wherever you are on your journey. For adult learners, the library offers a full suite of classes: come to the library to learn how to use a computer, how to find a job or how to access health care and live more healthfully. Adult learners at the library receive support from volunteer tutors to work on reading, math and writing skills. English language learners can practice their skills in a group conversational class or with an ESL tutor. More information about the library’s classes is available at waukeganpl.org/learning/adults.

Meeting, study and family rooms

The library offers a number of different spaces for public use, including study rooms for teens and adults on the main floor and children’s and family study rooms in the Children’s Department on the lower level. Two meeting rooms are available for use by larger groups, each equipped with computers, projectors and other tools.

For more information and to reserve a room, visit waukeganpl.org/services/meeting-rooms.

Convenient locations

The main library is located at the heart of downtown Waukegan, at the intersection of County and Clayton streets. All programming and services are available at the main library building, which offers free parking with validated ticket through the city garage at the corner of County and Clayton.

A branch located within the Hinkston Park Fieldhouse offers a selection of materials for all ages, Wi-Fi and public access computers, and free pickup of materials placed on hold. Free parking is available in the Hinkston Park Fieldhouse parking lot, which is also home to a library dropbox for easy returns.

Embedded in the community

What sets Waukegan Public Library apart is its commitment to the community and its key role as a partner with other organizations. Through partnerships, the library connects patrons to services provided by Youth and Family Counseling, Mano a Mano Family Resource Center, Vista Health, PADS Lake County and more, conveniently scheduled on a regular basis at the library.

Numerous community organizations call the library home for their regular meetings, including the Chamber of Commerce’s Lunch and Learn Series, Waukegan Main Street’s monthly Business Roundtable and regular meetings of Coalición Latinos Unidos de Lake County, RESPOND.

Learn all about your Waukegan Public Library at www.waukeganpl.org.