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  • Schaumburg Township District Library through the years...

    • 1960 – 1969


      A committee organizes to investigate forming a library.

      The Fox River Valley Regional Library Association starts bookmobile service to Schaumburg Township in 1960.


      The privately supported Arthur Hammerstein Library opens in Hoffman Elementary School in 1961.


      The voters pass a referendum on September 8, 1962 by a vote of 430 to 69 for a library in Schaumburg Township.

      The library opens in a 1000 sq. ft. house north of the corner of Roselle and Schaumburg Roads on January 3, 1963.  It is filled with the 6,000 volume collection and all the equipment from the Arthur Hammerstein Library.  Every part of the house is used to hold books, including the bathtub.

      Colleen Amundsen is hired as the first director.


      A new library is constructed at a cost of $109,328 at Pleasant and Walnut in Schaumburg.

      Later that year, Walnut was renamed Library Lane in honor of the library.


      Local artist, Adolph Link—who Link School is named for—exhibited a number of his local pen & ink and oil works at the library.

      The library joins the newly formed North Suburban Library System.


      Upon Colleen Amundsen’s departure, Michael Madden is hired as library director.


      The library’s budget for the year was $121,000 and the number of items circulated was 105,000.

      Per Illinois state law, township libraries now obtained their tax monies directly instead of through the township government. The library’s budget, however, would continue to be part of the township budget.

      The lower level of the library is finished and the Children’s Department is opened.


      Bob Lyons, current Library Board president, is first elected to the board.

      The library spends $5000 to develop a record collection and two private stereo listening areas.  The record collection is phased out beginning in 1988.

    • 1970 – 1979


      A referendum for a larger library passes by a 5-3 margin.


      Debby Miller, current board member, is appointed to the library board.


      The library receives a $45,000 grant from the North Suburban Library System to build a new Business and Economics Collection.

      A Central Library expansion included: a Senior High and College lounge; an Adult lounge with a rear projection studio, humor corner and baby play area; stereo tables with turntables and headphones installed in oak tables; and a walk-in Gingerbread House in the children’s section.


      The Treasure Bag program that is coordinated through the Youth Services Department and takes books to the District 54 schools, is begun through special grant funding.


      The library’s Hoffman Estates Branch Library on Hassell Road opens in a former fire station.

      Four awards on the redesign were won by groups such as the American Institute of Architects.


      Bob Frankel, current board member, is elected to the library board.


      Catalog records are automated and circulation is done electronically with CLSI (Computer Library Services Inc.) through the CCS (Cooperative Computer Services) cluster. The Gaylord system of checking out books is retired.

      The Young Readers’ Choice Award program is begun by the Youth Services Department. Elementary and junior high schools read from a pre-selected range of books throughout the year and vote on their favorite. The winning author spends a day at the library and two of the schools.

    • 1980 – 1989


      A federal grant allows the library to create an Illinois Collection that was originally designed for children and later expanded to include adult materials.


      The library starts its popular Food For Fines program based on an idea by Roy Mansberger, Head of Maintenance.


      The seven-member CCS cluster that the library belonged to merged with another NSLS cluster to provide an online circulation system as well as access to the holdings of 17 member libraries.

      The Library Adventures program, begun by the Youth Services Department, makes trips to the local schools to promote reading and services through puppets shows and book talks.

      The library starts small deposit collections at Schaumburg Township and Friendship Village.


      Residents of the Elk Grove portion of Schaumburg Township vote to remain with the library.

      The library creates an Audio-Visual center complete with computer rooms, 12,000 record albums sheet music and a videotape collection in both Beta and VHS. Secretary of State Jim Edgar was on hand for the dedication.


      The Hoffman Estates Branch Library checks out smoke detectors and polaroid instant cameras for patrons to use on vacation.


      Current board member, Ruth Jonen, is elected to the library board.

      The Read to Learn program is established through the cooperative efforts of Northwest Suburban High School District 214, Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211, the Arlington Heights Memorial Library and the Schaumburg Township District Library.


      The library joins the NSLS Night Owl Reference service that gave reference service to patrons after hours.

      In conjunction with libraries in Barrington, Mount Prospect, Arlington Heights and Des Plaines, the library is a sponsoring partner in the first Authors Festival.

      The Youth Services Department begins inviting the winning author of their Young Readers’ Choice Award contests to visit the library and two of the District 54 schools for a day.


      An addition to the central library is completed and included a new Youth Services department, two quiet rooms, a large meeting room, an expanded audio-visual department with more public access computers, a television room for tele-courses offered through Harper College and new circulation and reference desks.

      The library board passes a dress code for the staff which allowed jeans but no shorts, tank tops or sweat suits.


      The form of governance changes from township to district library.
      The library breaks with the CCS cluster of NSLS libraries and goes independent in providing an online circulation system.

      After a house is moved across Pleasant Drive, the library gains 87 parking spaces.

      The Youth Services Department offers a Junior Great Books Discussion Group.


      The library extends its Sunday hours to 9:00 during the school year.

      The library ends the distribution of courtesy library cards to non-residents who work or attend school in the township.

    • 1990 – 1999


      The library allows library material to be renewed by phone.

      The board bans smoking in the vestibule of the library.

      The library becomes the second in the area to purchase a color copier for public use.


      The Hoffman Estates Branch Library moves into a new facility in Hoffman Estates Village Hall.

      The library closes its card catalog and opens an online catalog using the SIRSI system.


      The Hanover Park Branch Library opens in an outlot of the Tradewinds Shopping Center.


      A referendum approving a new Central Library passes by a 7-3 margin.


      The library establishes a website: on the internet.


      The library breaks ground for a new building in Town Square.


      The Teen Activity Board (TAB) is established.

      A new 166,500 square foot Schaumburg Township District Library opens in Town Square.

      The Schaumburg Township District Library’s “value card” (library card) is inducted into the National Museum of American History.


      The library purchases property bordering Schaumburg Road and adds 50 spaces to the library’s parking lot.

    • 2000 – 2009


      The Local History Digital Archive is launched on the library’s website.

      The library joins North Suburban Library System’s Answers Unlimited in providing online reference assistance.


      A new 9700 square foot Hoffman Estates Branch Library opens at 1550 Hassell Road.


      Current board member, Anita Forte Scott, is elected to the library board.

      The library joins a consortium of library’s supplying downloadable audiobooks and e-books through My Media Mall.


      A new 9000 square foot Hanover Park Branch Library opens on August 24.

      The library digitizes its oral history collection through an LSTA grant.


      The library offers free WiFi access to the public at all of its branches.


      Two nonvoting student trustee positions are added to the library board.

      The library receives a grant through ALA and the FINRA Investor Education Foundation to promote financial literacy.


      Stephanie Sarnoff is named library director.

      Current board member, Nick Scipione, is appointed to the library board.

      The library begins using social media sites to connect with the public

    • 2010 – 2012


      After being asked to apply again, the library receives a second grant through ALA and the FINRA Investor Education Foundation to reach those who are struggling financially.


      Current board member, Julie Bosshart, is appointed to the library board.

      The library sponsors a naturalization ceremony for 73 new U.S. citizens.

      The library changes its domain name to

      50th Anniversary

      The Schaumburg Township District Library would like thank all who have made the past 50 years such a great success. From its humble beginnings as a bookmobile, STDL is now the second largest public library in Illinois, serving the residents, businesses, schools, religious groups, and organizations of our culturally-rich community. We look forward to continuing our service in the future, offering our resources, programs, classes and assistance to all who enter.