Board of Trustees and Library History

Library Board of Trustees

The Library Board of Trustees meets the second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Library. Agendas are posted on the bulletin board.  All meetings are open to the public.

Fiscal Year Meetings

Current Trustees

May 12, 2014
June 9, 2014
July 14, 2014
August 11, 2014
September 8, 2014
October 13, 2014
November 10, 2014
December 8, 2014
January 12, 2015
February 9, 2015
March 9, 2015
April 13, 2015

Beth Gambro

Barb Johnson

Sandy Lindblom

Carol La Chance

Jo Ann Gryder

Susan Chacon

Judy Somerlot

Russell Walter

Kate Elder

Yorkville Public Library`s History


In the 1800`s, the people in the town of Yorkville built a "Reading Room" for $700.
"The new hall is 22x40 feet in area, has an eight-foot platform across the back of the building,
overlooking the little stream, under the big walnut shade tree, and this is going to be a mighty
cozy place to sit on hot summer afternoons and read and think and dose."

This "Reading Room" was built next to the Yorkville National Bank on Route 47.
The "Reading Room" also served for other events; oyster suppers, court cases,
debates, Easter socials, and bible studies, to name a few. The Yorkville Women`s Club
held their first meeting at the "Reading Room" on October 14, 1911.

The "Reading Room" was "...furnished with piano, tables, chairs, hard-coal burners,
clock, pictures, and a variety of papers and magazines". The people of the town would be
able to sit and read and relax. Twenty-two dollars was spent for a year`s supply of
reading materials, including one Chicago daily and several periodicals.


On December 4, 1915, the Yorkville Women`s Club opened the Yorkville Public Library
in the former "Reading Room". "The Yorkville Public Library will be formally opened
on Saturday, December 4, and will be open afternoon and evening.
Thereafter, it will be open to the public every Wednesday and everyone is welcome.
Good reading matter will be on tables and anyone will be welcome to read
any of the magazines. There are more than 500 volumes in the library at the present...
no town the size of Yorkville should be without a good library."

So began 50 very fruitful and interesting years of library service.


The library and its contents were turned over to the City of Yorkville,
thereby assuring future generations adequate service through taxation.


In 1972, the library moved to the Anderson building on the southeast corner
of the bridge and Route 47. The "Reading Room" was torn down to make
room for the expansion of the National Bank. The Anderson location served
as the Library for the next 11 years. Then it was torn down to make room for
a four-lane bridge.


In 1983, the Library`s third home was built with funds from the State of Illinois
Functional Replacement Program on 2.5 acres of property that had once
been part of the Illinois State Game Farm. The loft was added later,
with a $35,000 gift, plus countless volunteer hours of painting and staining.

There are many people that have worked long and hard over the years for the library,
a gift to all who love books and believe in the value of reading.
We are grateful for the many gifts, memorials, and business donations we have received.
The continuing support of so many will always be remembered as our library expands.

November 2, 2004

Library referendum passed to build an $8,750,000 expansion.

September 12, 2005

Contract awarded to Henry Brothers Company of Hickory Hills to build the library.
Groundbreaking ceremony was held on October 18, 2005.
The Yorkville Public Library Time Capsule was placed on this site in December, 2006,
to be opened in December, 2056

January 29, 2007

The Llibrary moves into the new 36,000 square foot building. Opening Day February 11, 2007.