Records We Maintain

General Records

Financial Records

  • Bills or invoices issued and received by the library
  • Receipts for revenue
  • IMRF member compensation*†
    • In accordance with Illinois Public Act 101-0504, a link to IMRF's public disclosures regarding employer cost and other participation information is made available below:
      Employer Cost & Participant Information

*Asterisked items describe types of records which will be made available immediately upon request.

Pursuant to Illinois law (5 ILCS 120/7.3), a certified list of employees whose salary and benefit packages are $75,000 or greater is available for inspection at Skokie Public Library's Administrative Office, located at 5215 Oakton Street, Skokie, IL. The office is open from 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. The phone number is 847-673-7774.

Note: Exemptions under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act may allow non-disclosure of some parts of public records maintained by the library.

Library 2019-20 Financial Report

Revenues  
12,203,585 Property Taxes
425,229 Corporate Replacement Taxes
143,164 Per Capita and Other Grants
129,779 Fines and Other Receipts
194,072 Interest Earned
17,700,000 Bond Issuance
30,795,829 Total
Expenditures  
6,478,389 Salary
1,739,275 Insurance and Benefits
524,302 Maintenance
442,017 Technology
1,369,887 Materials for the Collection
92,481 Programming
6,899,870 Capital projects
462,420 Other Expenses
18,008,641 Annual Expenses
11,587,188 Change in Fund Balance
1,200,000 Transfer to Reserve Fund for Sites and Buildings
30,795,829 Total

Requesting records

We accept requests for records in writing. You do not have to complete a standard form (but we have one available). Submit your written request by mail, fax, or email:

FOIA Officer
Skokie Public Library
5215 Oakton Street
Skokie, IL 60077
Fax: 847-673-7797
Email: *EMAIL* 

Please keep the following things in mind as you work on your request:

  • Be as specific as possible when describing the records you are seeking. Remember, the Freedom of Information Act is designed to allow you to inspect or receive copies of records. It is not designed to require a public body to answer questions. If you want to ask questions of a representative of the Skokie Public Library, call the library’s Administrative Office at 847-324-3128 to be directed to the proper person.
  • Please tell us whether you would like copies of the requested records, or whether you wish to examine the records in person. You have the right to either option.
  • There is no fee for up to 50 pages of standard paper copies. For pages beyond 50, there is a 15¢ per page charge.
  • You are permitted to ask for a waiver of copying fees. To do that, include the following statement (or a similar statement) in your written FOIA request: “I request a waiver of all fees associated with this request.” In addition, you must include a specific explanation as to why your request for information is in the public interest—not simply your personal interest—and merits a fee waiver.
  • Please include your name, preferred telephone number(s), mailing address, and, if you wish, your email address.

About the library

Skokie Public Library is committed to serving a progressive, increasingly diversifying community in a stable suburban village just north of Chicago. Serving a core population of more than 64,000 and drawing reciprocal patrons from large parts of the North Shore area, we are regarded as an important information, entertainment, and community resource for people of all ages.

Skokie Public Library features a collection of more than 370,000 physical items, including books, CDs, DVDs, periodicals, and software. Our digital collection has about 800,000 items. We bring new technologies to our patrons, offering electronic resources, computer equipment and training for adults and children, assistive reading devices, and online services. We have expanded hands-on technology learning in our innovative BOOMbox and Studio.

The library is run by the Director, who is hired by the Board of Library Trustees. The seven members of the Board of Trustees are elected in staggered six-year terms during the Consolidated Election in April. The Board generally meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm in the library's Board Room on the third floor.

The library is divided into eleven departments: Access Services, Administration, Building Services, Communications and Multimedia Engagement, Community Engagement, Information Technology, Learning Experiences, Patron Engagement, Safety, Young Adult Services, and Youth Services. A manager chairs each department and reports to the director or the deputy director. The library has approximately 83 full-time and 80 part-time employees.

Property taxes make up a major portion of our operating revenue. Other revenue sources include fines, fees, and donations. A levy request is sent each December to the Village of Skokie who has levy authority for the library. The Fiscal Year 2021 operating budget is $26,772,935.