Organization & Leaders

Purpose Statement

Naperville Public Library nurtures lifelong learning, fosters community connections, and provides equitable access to diverse resources in a welcoming and inclusive environment. 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

Naperville Public Library is committed to providing materials, services, and programs that represent a wide array of cultures and experiences so that all members of the community feel included and represented. 

Learn more on the Library's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion page.

Our History

When James Lawrence Nichols died in August 1895, he left $10,000 to Naperville, a newly organized as a city, to establish a library so that no child would be without books as he had been. Today there are three Library buildings throughout the City of Naperville, and residents can access books, music, and videos from anywhere they can connect to the Internet. Read more of the history of Naperville Public Library.

Library Board of Trustees

The Library Board of Trustees of the City of Naperville generally meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Board Room of Nichols Library. Board meeting agendas and packets for the current year are available in the Agenda Center.

Library Policies

Naperville Public Library has adopted administrative policies and procedures regulating the organization and use of Library materials, services, and facilities.

You can view the complete set of Library Policies online.

Stategic Plan

Naperville Public Library is utilizing a strategic plan for 2023-2026. The goals and action items for this plan fall into three categories:

  • Collection
  • Collaboration
  • Communication

For more information on the actions the Library is taking to improve in these three areas during the first year of the strategic plan, view a copy of our 2023-2026 Strategic Plan Year One Action Steps (PDF).

Annual Report

Every library in Illinois is required to submit an annual report to the State by the end of the month following the last day of the fiscal year.

Operating Budget

You can view the following:

Illinois Public Act 097-0609 (5 ILCS 120/7.3) requires that employers participating in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund post compensation information for designated employees as a part of the budget approval process. Information on total compensation packages equal to or exceeding $75,000 can be found in the 2023 Total Compensation (PDF).

In 2019, the Illinois General Assembly passed Public Act 101-0504. The law requires IMRF to post certain employer cost and participation information.