With assistance from local service organizations, the Wheeling Women’s Club solicits donations of money and books and a library opens to serve the semi-rural communities of Wheeling and Buffalo Grove.
Referendum passes to establish the Wheeling Public Library District, covering a 10 square-mile area that included most of Wheeling and Buffalo Grove and was housed in a 20-foot x 30-foot frame building at the rear of the historic Union Hotel on Milwaukee Avenue.
First Library Board of Trustees elected.
Library business hours increase to 25 per week.
The library moves to a double storefront a block north from its original location. New library shelving, tables, and chairs replaces the makeshift furnishings and a separate Children's Room is added.
The library is open 47 hours and the collection grows to 12,725.
The library board votes unanimously to be the third library to join the North Suburban Library System, then called Illinois Library District 5.
March 1970-June 1971
Having outgrown its space again, voters pass a referendum for the library to purchase a vacant church building at 850 Jenkins Court, Wheeling. The library moves into its new home in May of 1971. The collection grows to 32,446.
Library joins with five other libraries to form a computer cooperative for electronic circulation and bibliographic control.
A successful annexation referendum adds Lake County’s Buffalo Grove to the district. The name of the district is officially changed to Indian Trails Public Library District.
In need of more space the library holds a building referendum, which fails to pass. The board decides to fund a new library building by means of a self-directed method of allowable financing. The library moves to new building of 30,900 square feet at 355 Schoenbeck Road.
Service population increased to 58,789.
Referendum to add a branch library fails.
Referendum to fund a library expansion fails.
Library offers Internet access to patrons.
Referendum passes 3,262 votes to 1,463 votes to add 14,000 square feet to the south side of the building at a cost of $3.8 million in general obligation bonds.
Kenneth Swanson, administrative librarian for 25 years, retires. Secretary of State George Ryan provides $250,000 in Live and Learn Grant money.
Tamiye Meehan becomes library director.
Phase II of construction begins.
The library’s new space opens, featuring additional staff office space, shelving, and a computer lab.
Library acquires new bookmobile that can carry 4000 items.
Library installs Wi-Fi
Front Room lobby area opens
Tamiye Meehan retires after serving 12 years
Thomas Simiele becomes director
Library celebrates 50th anniversary
One millionth item is checked out from the library.
Transit van donated by Friends
Prospect Heights Convenience Center opens at 650B N. Milwaukee Ave.
David J. Seleb becomes director
Prospect Heights Branch doubles its size when it moves to a new location at 99 E. Palatine Rd.
Brian D. Shepard becomes director
Temporary Library at 70 W. Dundee Rd., Buffalo Grove opens while main building undergoes construction.