THE MOKENA PUBLIC LIBRARY’S mission is to provide information, resources and ideas for the purpose of enriching lives and to build connections to the community for all residents of the library district. We do this in a fiscally responsible manner by offering a diverse collection of print materials, books, ebooks, reference materials, and resources and services which include special programs and enhanced technology.
The Mokena Book Club organized a library for Mokena in the late 1930’s and ran it until 1966. The Mokena Lions Club paid for the rent and heat for small quarters located on Front Street in downtown Mokena and the Library was open on Wednesdays only from 3:30 p.m. until 5 p.m., and again from 7:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., staffed by volunteers. In 1966, the Woman’s Book Club formed a Friends of the Library organization. In an election held August 6, 1966, voters were asked to decide whether or not to have a tax-supported library district. The special referendum was passed and the Library was officially named the MOKENA COMMUNITY PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICT.
The Library then moved to a new location, the former Immanuel Lutheran Church, located at Union and Cross Streets in Mokena. This location was dedicated on April 23, 1967 and the owners of the Mokena Pharmacy (the Kurber family) donated shelves and racks. Twelve thousand books were housed in a 1,400 square foot space. Again, volunteers staffed the library with minimal hours. In 1967, the first paid librarian assumed her duties where she remained until 1986. In August 1972, the Library purchased 2.5 acres of property on 195th Street from the Mokena School District, and on March 18, 1978, a single-structure building designed to accommodate the community for twenty years was opened, housing 26,750 books. The building was officially dedicated on June 4,1978. Eighteen years later in 1995, voters passed a referendum to expand the building to meet the needs of the community. The newly remodeled building was officially dedicated on April 13,1997. In 2004, the community once again passed a referendum that raised the library’s tax rate revenue, thereby assuring sufficient funds to operate effectively. The Library office is located at 11327 w. 195th St. Mokena, IL 60448.
Today, the Library is situated in a state-of-the-art 25,000 square foot building, located directly next door to Mokena schools, thereby making it easily accessible to students. It houses approximately 125,000 volumes, over 300 periodical and newspaper subscriptions, an extensive collection of audio visual materials, including DVD’s, descriptive videos, Play-A-Ways, Books on CD, emagazines, music and is home to a special Genealogy Center, an Assistive Technology Workstation for the Visually impaired, and three separate Computer Centers (Adult, Young Adult and Children) housing 60 computers, a 3D printer, copy machines, a Local Area Network, printers, fax machines, a Microfiche reader, and wireless technology, available to staff and public. Technology needs of the Library have increased substantially over the last fifteen years, and over $800,000 in grant funding from the Illinois State Library and Federal government has been obtained by writing grants. The Library hosts its own Web page, updated weekly with events at the Library, and the Library catalog may be accessed, along with reference databases, in-house, and from home or office. The Operating budget for 2017-2018 is $2,000,000. There are approximately 12 full-time and 32 part-time employees.
Adult, Young Adult and Children’s programming is an important marketing tool at the Library and brings in thousand of patrons on a yearly basis for all ages. Topics vary and there is no charge to patrons for the programs, some of which are sponsored and funded by the Friends of the Mokena Community Public Library District.
Public Act 97-0609 Notice Of Salary Disclosure. Pursuant to the Illinois Open Meetings Act, the “total compensation package” of any employee who receives over &75,000 per year is available for inspection at the Mokena Community Public Library District, 11327 195th Street, Mokena, Illinois, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Truth in Tax
The Library is open for 65 hours a week, six days a week. The Library is an active member of the Mokena Chamber of Commerce, the Mokena Intergovernmental Consortium and participates in many community-based activities throughout the year. Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) cooperates in an advisory capacity. We are required to report and be answerable four our operations to: Illinois State Library, Springfield, IL.
Materials must be checked out at the Circulation desk or our self-check station. With the exception of Rapid Reads, most items have a two-week check out period and may be renewed three times unless there is a hold on the item or your account is not in good standing. DVDs are checked out for 14 days and cannot be renewed. Overdue fines are 15¢ per day.
If you cannot locate what you are looking for you may place a hold on the item to have it sent from another library. If you do not find the item listed in our catalog, and are a Mokena Library card holder, we will try to locate it at a library from outside our system. Speak to staff for assistance in finding your item.
You can renew materials either in person, online, or by phone. To renew online, access your account from PrairieCat by clicking on ‘Login’. To renew by phone, please call our library at 708-479-9663. You will need to have your library card number available. Items that cannot be renewed: Items that have holds, items that are over the renewal limit, DVDs, and late items.
Receive updates on items on hold for you that are ready to be picked up, overdue notices, and courtesy notices for items that will be due soon by signing up for our messaging service. You can register your cell number by clicking ‘login’ in PrairieCat and then select ‘Edit Account’ and follow the on screen instructions.
You may send print jobs via our website. Click on the Green Printer Icon under the ‘Wireless Printing’ heading on our homepage and follow the instructions. Print jobs may be sent from your laptop from inside the library or from any desktop PC with an Internet connection. Print jobs will stay in our print queues for 4 hours. Print jobs sent to the Library are paid for and picked up in the Computer lab areas of the library. Cost is 15¢ per page for B/W prints and $1.00 per page for color prints. Please pick up your print job(s) no later than 30 minutes before closing time.
Individuals 12 years and older should visit the Reference desk to request the use of a study room. Study rooms are available for use during the Library’s open hours only. Rooms will be vacated 15 minutes prior to the library closing. Reservations will be taken Monday thru Saturday. Study rooms are available in two hour intervals per day at no charge for Mokena Community Public Library District cardholders in good standing (fines must be under $5.00 and there cannot be any long overdues). Each study room can accommodate four individuals. Study rooms may be reserved up to one week in advance by phone or in person. An individual or group may have no more than one advance reservation per week. Groups may not obtain additional sessions by having different members of the group make a reservation for the same, substantially the same or similar groups.
The Community Room is available on a first come, first served basis. A ‘Community Room Request Form’ must be completed in order to reserve the room. Applications are available from the Reference Desk or the Circulation Desk. Meeting space is not considered reserved until confirmation is provided to the applicant.
Getting a library card is simple and free. However, if you lost your library card, and you need a new one, there is a $1.00 replacement fee. You need this card in order to check out the wide selection of videos and books.
Any resident of the Mokena Community Public Library District may apply for a library card. Our district includes the village of Mokena and portions of Frankfort, and New Lenox.
In order to get a library card, please bring one of the following documents to show proof of residency:
Parents must accompany children who apply for a card and will need to submit address documentation and sign a statement of responsibility for library materials.
Below are things to know about your library, in regards to circulation. Circulation is basically the process of borrowing and returning items found in the library.
The library is designed to offer help to everyone. We offer special technology and assistive materials available for check out.
For check out, we offer Braille Books and LARGE PRINT books, for the visually impaired.
Delivery for Homebound Patrons:
Friends of the Mokena Community Public Library District will voluntarily deliver materials to any patron of the library who is ill or unable to visit the library. Simply call 708.479.9663 and ask for this service. A volunteer will deliver the materials to you and pick them up for return. Patrons may renew all materials by telephone except for bestsellers and videos.
We offer two types of devices for the visually impaired. They are free for use, and the staff can show you how to use these machines if you are unsure.
Mokena Community Library has been funded through an LSTA Grant and the Illinois State Library to install a special populations technology workstation for the blind and sight impaired. Equipment includes a Pentium IV computer system with a specialty keyboard, LCD monitor, adjustable specialty workstation and chair, speech synthesizer, and more. It is the only workstation of its kind in a 100-mile radius!
The Aladdin Low Vision Reader assists the sight-impaired by magnifying reading materials. Funding for this device was made available by the Friends of the Mokena Community Public Library. Come in any time to read small print literature, mail, prescription bottles, etc..
Mokena Community Library has been funded through an LSTA Grant and the Illinois State Library to install a braille printer. This printer is intended for the visually impaired
The Friends of the Mokena Community Public Library District is an organization of volunteers dedicated to helping the library in any way it can.
Joining the Friends is as simple as stopping by the library. Brochures are available that include a membership form, or simply let the Circulation Desk Staff know that you are interested. They’ll do the rest.
Couple or Family: $12
Seniors: $3 or Senior Couple: $5
“We welcome new members.”
The Friends sales are three times a year in the Community Room of the Mokena Library. Fiction, biographies, cookbooks, science, business, children’s literature and many others subjects are sorted and priced at $1 for hardcover and larger paperbacks, 50 cents for paperbacks. Record albums, puzzles, audiotapes, videos and video games are often included in these sales at bargain prices. All proceeds go to benefit our library.
Mokena Community Public Library truly appreciates your donations of books, videos, CDs and tapes to increase our offerings to the people of our library district. The Library Staff carefully reviews your donations for selections to appear on our shelves or to offer to residents at our Friends of the Library Book Sale that helps provide funds for more library materials. Along with your appreciated donation, we also need your good judgment about your donation’s quality. Donated materials should be appropriate and informative for readers and listeners, in good and useable condition, and free of musty aroma or mildew. Donations should not include college text books, magazines or encyclopedias. Your Library Staff would gladly assist you in making your “quality decision”.