In 1884, the Winnetka Public Library was established to serve the intellectual, cultural, and recreational needs of the community. The library converted from a village department to a separate governmental unit in 1974 in order to include Northfield in its tax supported service area. While Kenilworth is not part of the Library District, its residents have been served through a contractual agreement since 1984.
The Winnetka-Northfield Public Library District is dedicated to providing access to materials and services to meet the informational, cultural and educational needs of every resident in the District.
This Strategic Plan 2011-2015 for the Winnetka-Northfield Library District — adopted by the Library Board of Trustees on Monday, August 15, 2011 at its regular monthly meeting — represents many months of work and the invaluable participation of library district staff members, library district board members, and representatives from our communities of Winnetka and Northfield. It is a direct response to the voices of our residents and library users, heard clearly, that told us how and why they use our library district facilities and resources and how they need and want to use them in the future.