Our Mission


The Mission of the Morton Public Library is to actively connect people to books, resources, and technology; and provide opportunities for learning, collaboration, and enjoyment.

Our Vision


Our vision is that our patrons are enriched through continual learning and discovery.

Our Story


Library service in the Village of Morton began in 1922 when the Semper Fidelis club of Morton Community United Church of Christ organized donations and volunteers for a library. In 1925, the library became tax supported and the first library board was elected.

The current library building was designed by architect Don Westlake and constructed by Diversified Buildings, Inc. The original 9,500 sq. ft. building opened in 1982. In 1998, a 9,700 sq. ft. addition was completed. Many areas in the library are dedicated to donors who contributed to the Building Foundation. Additional funding included a Live & Learn construction grant from the Secretary of State. 

Hannah's Reading Garden was installed in 2015.

Governed by an elected boardof seven trustees, the library serves residents of Morton and is a member of Reaching Across Illinois Library System (R.A.I.L.S.)

Our Long Range Plan


A Long Range Plan for the Morton Public Library has been developed. The planning process began in January 2016 with the Morton Public Library District Board of Trustees, members of the library staff and members of the community participating. The Library conducted a community survey in December 2015, with 400 responses and many positive responses about the library. The committee evaluated the library’s mission, vision and values and rewrote those statements to reflect the community’s needs and the current environment. The committee examined the survey and community data and developed five priorities of service for the coming years. 

View the Morton Library Long Range Plan