Wauconda Area Library

801 North Main Street
Wauconda, IL 60084

United States



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The purpose of the Wauconda Area Library is to provide and promote a variety of library resources and services in response to the informational, educational, cultural, and recreational needs of both the residential and business communities. In order to ensure the highest quality in achieving this purpose, the Library will utilize current technology and a courteous, well trained staff. The Library will provide a comfortable, attractive environment, easy access to its resources, and will actively promote its presence and services, encouraging input from the community and measuring performance at regular intervals.


As many as 1,000 people per day visit the Wauconda Area Library that serves approximately 26,000 residents. This full-service public library offers a collection of more than 120,000 books, periodicals, videos, and audio recordings, as well as a wide variety of state-of-the-art electronic resources, including high-speed access to the Internet at thirty computers throughout the library. Nearly 6,000 reference questions are answered each month by the library’s well trained staff.

Recently, the library has added a self-checkout station, free wireless high-speed Internet access for laptops, downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks, iPods and eBook readers for checkout, laptops for in-house use, a hands-on computer-training lab, and has made improvements to its large collection of books, DVD’s, CD’s, and audiobooks. Thanks to the Friends of the Library, the library now shows full-feature movies on a theatre-size screen with theatre-quality surround-sound.

The library was founded in 1939 by the Wauconda Women’s Club and became a township library in 1962. A new 10,000 square-foot facility located next to Wauconda High School was dedicated in 1987, and the conversion to a public library district occurred a year later. In November 1995, voters approved a $4.5 million expansion and remodeling project, and the new 27,500 square foot building opened in 1997. The library received the prestigious Distinguished Building Award in 1998 from the American Institute of Architects because of the building's lively, animated quality.


The Wauconda Area Library was named Library of the Year in 2005 by the North Suburban Library System (NSLS), a consortium of 650 academic, public, school, and special libraries in north suburban Cook, Kane, Lake and McHenry Counties. The NSLS announcement states, "The Library of the Year Award is presented to one library in NSLS in recognition of its contributions to the development of the NSLS library community. The Wauconda Area Public Library District has won this award because, while it has long been a good example in the community, this year the library has taken its unique mix of community focus, creativity, and collaboration to the next level of service excellence. The Wauconda Area Public Library District is 'the little library that DOES!' The staff and administration are active contributors to system-wide and statewide projects."


Library cards are available to any resident of the Wauconda Area Public Library District and may be used in most Illinois libraries. A library card can be obtained at the Information Desk with the required proof of home address and valid identification, first time free of charge and thereafter for a $2 fee. Parents or guardians may obtain cards for children of ages five through 14 and are responsible for all materials checked out by children. Keychain cards available upon request for patrons over the age of 16. Library cards must be presented to check out any library materials.


The library web site: www.wauclib.org is your best and most current information resource for all of the library’s policies, services, and programs. Use the web-based library catalog with your PIN number to place holds, renew items checked out, and much more! Recently, the library has added tutor.com’s Live Homework Help, a web-based service specifically for students from 5th through 12th grade.

The library also hosts and maintains the Wauconda Area Community Website (www.waucondaarea.info) which features the comprehensive web-based Community Calendar listing hundreds of local events each month.


Library events are scheduled throughout the year. These free programs are designed to entertain and inform, and to introduce the public to the Library's services. For dates and

times, check the library’s web site or the library’s newsletter.


The Children’s department, located on the library’s lower level, serves infants through 5th graders and their parents or caregivers. In addition to 35,000 books and audiovisual

items for children, special features include a parent/teacher collection, a large preschool play area, a beautiful story time room, a special room for crafts programs, and a 300-gallon aquarium. Children eight years old and under must be accompanied and supervised by a responsible caregiver aged 14 or older when visiting thelibrary.


Interlibrary loan – if we don’t own what you need, we’ll get it for you from another library, if available
Literacy services, including video and computer-based instruction, tutoring, ESL and adult easy reading collection
Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities
Homebound book delivery/pickup
Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD, 847-526-6236)
Video magnifier for the visually impaired
Voter registration and Notary Public service
Meeting rooms available for public meetings and tutoring
Art exhibitions and display cases


Monday thru Thursday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday Noon – 4 p.m.


The Wauconda Area Public Library District boundaries are generally coterminous with the boundaries of Wauconda Community Unit School District 118, sharing all the boundaries of Wauconda Township plus most of the Village of Island Lake. The Wauconda Area Library is located at 801 N. Main Street, adjacent to the Park District and Wauconda High School.

For more information, please contact the Wauconda Area Library at 847-526-6225 or visit the library’s website at www.wauclib.org.
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