Mission & History

Mission Statement

The Frankfort Public Library District enriches the community through innovation, imagination and information, inspiring and empowering individuals to explore excellence.


Frankfort Public Library District is a dynamic force. We are forward thinking, a model of respect for ideas, an environment of positive energy and third space for all.

Facts and Statistics

Population Served: (30,484)

Size of the Library:

  • 29,400 square feet

Collection Size: (Total: 111,687 not including eTitles)

FPLD Historical Timeline

  • August 29, 1961: Library is established at 9 W. Nebraska Street as a volunteer library by a group of mothers from Frankfort Parent Teachers Association. Library doors opened in March 1962. See Remember the Ladies
  • May 28, 1966: Library becomes a tax-supported village library.
  • 1967: Library Board hires Ms. Arlene Santoro as the first Administrative Librarian.
  • May 1968: Library moves to new location at 27 S. Ash Street.
  • September 1, 1970: Library becomes a district library.
  • March 19, 1971: Library annexes unincorporated communities of Lincoln Estates and Prestwick.
  • September 19, 1973: Library annexes Frankfort Square.
  • July 1, 1974: Library joins the Suburban Library System.
  • December 13, 1975: Referendum raises $825,000 for a new library building and bookmobile.
  • January 1977: Bookmobile service to local school districts begins.
  • March 1977: Library acquires deed to property at the southwest corner of Route 30 and Pfeiffer Road.
  • February 18, 1978: Groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the construction of a new library building on five acres of land at the southwest corner of Route 30 and Pfeiffer Road.
  • July 9, 1979: Library opens to the public at its present location, 21119 S. Pfeiffer Road.
  • February 3, 1980: Library is formally dedicated at its new location.
  • Spring 1984: Administrative Librarian Ms. Arlene Santoro retires.
  • Fall 1984: Library Board hires Ms. Lorrine Novak as the second Administrative Librarian.
  • May 11, 1995: The library acquires an additional two acres of land making library property total seven acres.
  • June 1, 1996: Library celebrates its 30th anniversary.
  • 1997: Administrative Librarian Ms. Lorrine Novak leaves the library.
  • 1997-1998: Library Board hires Marian M. Glunz to serve as Interim Administrative Librarian.
  • Summer 1998: Library Board hires Mr. Detlev Pansch as the third Administrative Librarian.
  • Summer 1999: Library sponsors a cow named “Lucy the Lactator” as a participant in the city of Chicago
    program called “Cows on Parade.”
  • November 12, 1999: Grand opening to celebrate a new addition built at the west end of the library.
  • 2008: Administrative Librarian Mr. Detlev Pansch leaves the library.
  • 2008: Library Board hires Interim Administrative Librarian Ms. Mary Sue Brown.
  • 2008: Library begins to convert adult non-fiction collection to a Dewey-Free classification system.
  • October 2008: Library Board hires Mr. Pierre Gregoire as the fourth Administrative Librarian.
  • September 2009: Library completes conversion of the Dewey-Free classification system for all adult non-fiction materials.
  • May/June 2012: Library parking lot is improved and repaved by P.T. Ferro Construction with oversight by Robinson Engineering. 9 public parking spaces were added, drainage system was re-engineered, and a solid gravel parking area was laid in front of the barn to serve as overflow as needed. A dying tree was removed during the repaving process.
  • September 2, 2014: Groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate a 9,400 square foot addition on the Library's west end.
  • May 2, 2015: Ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate a 9,400 square foot addition on the Library's west end. New space allocated for community meeting rooms, additional study rooms, computer area, learning lab and quiet study.