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. In 2018 the library underwent a Refresh project, updating paint and carpet throughout the building and rearranging the interior spaces. This created an open and welcoming lobby, updated the front men's and women's restrooms, relocated children's services to the back of library - putting its collection together and gaining 700 sq. feet of space; creating a dedicated teen/young adult area and gained an extra meeting room by putting the Morton History Collection out on display.

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

Library Support

The Morton Public Library is grateful for all of the wonderful donations we receive from patrons and the community. There are many different ways to donate to the library.

Morton Community Foundation 
The Morton Community Foundation holds two funds that benefits the library. Donations can be made to either fund. The Morton Public Library Fund supports the library’s mission to actively connect people to books, resources and technology and provide opportunities for learning, collaboration and enjoyment. The Summer Reading Fund provides funds to support the library’s annual summer reading program, including our popular Friday programs. 

The Morton Public Library is always honored when community members think of us to memorialize loved ones. You may honor a loved one with monetary contributions to be used to purchase books or other materials that your loved one would have enjoyed. The library puts nameplates in these books, honoring the person who has passed away. Patrons also sometimes make monetary donations – big or small – in remembrance of a loved one. We are happy to work with you to find the best way to honor the memory of your loved one.

Monetary Donations
The Morton Public Library appreciates monetary donations of any size. If you would like to make a monetary donation to the library, please make checks payable to the “Morton Public Library” and either mail them to us or bring them to the Check Out Desk. If there is a specific item or type of item that you would like your donation to go towards, please don’t be shy! We’re happy to work with you. We will also happily provide a letter for tax purposes.

Used Books
Our ongoing Book Sale raises thousands of dollars each year for the library and we couldn’t do it without your donations! If you have books, CDs, DVDs or audiobooks that you'd like to donate to the library, please know we accept materials that are clean and have been gently used. We also accept magazines of the current month/season. We DO NOT accept VHS or cassette tapes, textbooks, encyclopedias, or old publication collections with numerous volumes. Please no items that are dirty, torn, water damaged or in poor condition.