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A New Library in a New Phase

A photo of a ceremonial ribbon cutting. Library Director Richard Kong and Deputy Director Laura McGrath hold a blue ribbon between them, which is falling down after being cut with oversized ceremonial scissors held jointly by library trustee Gene Griffin, Mayor Van Dusen, and Congresswoman Schakowsky.





***Update 9/13/2021: The outdoor courtyards are closed for safety during roof replacement.

***Update 7/30/2021: In accordance with the latest CDC recommendations, everyone must wear a mask in the library at all times, regardless of vaccination status.


If you haven’t already visited your new library, we invite you to come by and experience it for yourself! We think you’ll be surprised, delighted, and as proud as we are. And with Illinois now starting to reopen safely, we want to welcome you to enjoy some expanded offerings at the library and keep you informed about what to expect when you visit. 

  • We are now open until 9 pm Monday-Friday. View library hours.
  • There is no time limit on your visit. Stay as long as you like and try something new in the Studio, enjoy our beautiful outdoor courtyards, our comfortable new seating options (with plenty of available outlets for plugging in your devices), and our café and vending area. 
  • The Lab is available for kids up to 8th grade on a drop-in basis.
  • Private study rooms are now open. 
  • You can once again read newspapers at the library. 
  • The copy machine is coming back soon. 
  • More in-person events are being planned, and it will be so good to see you there. 
A photo of a poster at the entrance to the Kids area which states that masks are required

***Update 7/30/2021: In accordance with the latest CDC recommendations, everyone must wear a mask in the library at all times, regardless of vaccination status. Physical distancing is encouraged. If you have any concerns, please contact us.

On June 4 we held a small dedication ceremony outside the library, where elected officials, community leaders, library trustees, and the renovation project team gathered to celebrate the completion of the renovation. In a year fraught with global challenges, it is remarkable that we were able to finish this incredible transformation of our public spaces on time and under budget. I am very grateful to the Skokie community for your patience and continued support through all of the changes.