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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests should be sent to the library’s FOIA Officer, Maria Zawacki, Library Director via any of these methods:
Mail: Johnsburg Public Library, 3000 N. Johnsburg Rd., Johnsburg, IL 60051
The Johnsburg Public Library District provides materials and services to help patrons obtain information meeting their educational, recreational, informational, and personal needs. Special emphasis is placed on assisting students of all ages in meeting education objectives. The library encourages young children’s interests and appreciation for reading and learning, as well as providing recreational and leisure materials for patrons of all ages.
The library’s budget for FY2014 is $778,247. The Johnsburg Public Library has 13 employees.
Friends of the Johnsburg Public Library
The Friends of the Johnsburg Public Library is a non-profit organization whose goal is to raise money and provide support for the library's role as a vital source of information and enjoyment for the community.
The principal fundraising activity of the Friends is an annual used book sale, with occasional additional sales and sponsorships offered throughout the year. Donations of your time, used books in good condition, and money are always welcome and tax deductible. For book donations, please drop them off at the library's main desk.
The Friends meet the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm in the library's meeting room. Note that meetings are not held in June, November, or December due to booksales and holidays.
What the Friends of the Library Do
- The Friends offer free workshops of community interest such as those presented by Master Gardeners on how to improve your home landscape.
- The Friends help sponsor the free Summer Reading Program offered by our Children's Department.
- The Friends sponsor the library's float at the annual Saufen und Spiel parade.
- Lastly, our most important fund raising events of the year is our Used Book Sale, held in June and November.
Benefits of Friends Membership
Friends have the first chance to buy books at the Members Preview Night before the Used Book Sale opens to the general public. As always, $2 A Bag starts Saturday at noon.
- Friends enjoy the opportunity to actively participate in strengthening Johnsburg's most valuable literary and cultural institution.
- Membership is open to individuals of all ages who support the Library and its mission. Annual membership runs from April 1 to March 31 of the following year. Several membership categories are available, and all contributions are tax deductible.
Life Member (individual)
Life Member (corporation)
A membership application form is available at the Library's Circulation Desk.
History of the Library
On November 15, 1982, the doors of the Johnsburg Public Library opened to the public for the first time as a “Project PLUS” demonstration library. Actual work on developing the Project Plus library began two years prior when a citizen’s group first looked into the matter. Funding for the first two years of operation as a demonstration library was provided via a grant from the Illinois State Library. The library was initially housed in 950 square feet of rental space at 2404 Johnsburg Rd. and contained 3,000 books on opening day. By the end of the first year of operation, there were over 2,000 card holders and an annual circulation of 18,000.
At the time of the library’s opening, the boundaries of the library district corresponded to the boundaries of Johnsburg Unit School district No. 12. However, after two failed referendums to establish a permanent library district, boundaries were changed which excluded some portions of the school district. The referendum to permanently establish the library district passed on the third try in April of 1984. Opposition forces continued to mount a campaign against the library. After three attempts to dissolve the library district in 1984 and 1985 proved unsuccessful, the Johnsburg Public Library settled into the district and continued to grow.
In August of 1987 the library moved to 2,700 square feet of newly constructed rental space at 3714 N. Fairview Ave. A successful annexation referendum held in November 1990 brought the boundaries of the library district back to its original boundaries matching the school district.
The current library of 10,000 sq. ft. at 3000 N. Johnsburg Rd. was constructed in 1996 without a referendum. The building was funded with a $750,000 mortgage, a $250,000 State Library grant, and $248,221 in cash reserves saved by the library.
The library received a $55,000 State Library grant in 2001 to establish the first Homeschool Resource Center (HRC) within a public library in the United States. There are over 2,500 items in the HRC.
The library reached capacity in 2003 and an unsuccessful referendum was held in April of 2004 to add 22,000 square feet.
Monday - Thursday:
8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday & Saturday:
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the school year.
The library will be closed on Sundays from Memorial Day weekend through the second Sunday in September.
The library is closed on the following days:
New Year’s Eve and Day
Christmas Eve and Day
Illinois State Library Services
The Illinois State Library provides you with services directly, through us, and in cooperation with other agencies.
There are no job openings at this time.
The Board of Trustees meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month in the library meeting room. Meeting agendas and approved minutes of board meetings are posted on the Events Calendar.
Library Board of Trustees:
Elsie Munson - President
307 W. John Ave.
McHenry, IL 60051
Mary Jo Farrell – Vice President
514 Sunrise Dr.
McHenry, IL 60051
Kathleen Kucik- Secretary
4904 Hickory Ln.
McHenry, IL 60051
James Stockwell - Treasurer
1814 Oakleaf Dr.
McHenry, IL 60051
1517 Charnbrook Dr.
McHenry, IL 60051
1505 W. Sunnyside Beach
McHenry, IL 60051
4519 N. Riverdale Dr.
McHenry, IL 60051
The Johnsburg Public Library is a tax-supported public library. This means that people residing within the jurisdictional boundaries of the Johnsburg Public Library pay taxes to support the library. Those people who live within the jurisdictional boundaries of the Johnsburg Public Library need pay no additional fee to be eligible to receive their first library card.
As a resident card holder, the borrower identified on the valid borrower’s card may physically take his or her library card to another library to borrow materials. Those materials are the responsibility of the individual who borrows them, and are subject to all of the fines, rules, and regulations of the lending library. Often libraries limit the borrowing privileges of reciprocal borrowers, and it is best to establish local rules and procedures before making your selections.
Individuals residing beyond the jurisdictional boundaries of the Johnsburg Public Library and not within the boundaries of another Illinois public library, and owning no property within the jurisdictional boundaries of the Johnsburg Public Library, may purchase a non-resident library card at the closest participating Illinois public library. The Johnsburg Public Library honors all valid Illinois public library cards, whether they are resident or non-resident cards. The Johnsburg Public Library non-resident card fee shall be determined annually. (Policy updated 3/16/06)
District Residents: A free, three year Johnsburg Public Library card is issued to any resident, or persons who own real estate or rent within the boundaries of the Johnsburg Public Library District. Proof of residency within the library district and photo identification must be presented at the time of application for a library card. A valid library card must be presented by patrons in order to check out library materials. There is a fee of $2.00 to replace damaged, destroyed, lost, or stolen library cards.
Hotel/Motel Resident Card: Hotel/motel residents within the library’s taxing district will be issued a 1-year library card upon proof of thirty days continuous residence. This regulation is adopted by the Board pursuant to Illinois Compiled Statutes (75 ILCS 5/1-3) (from Ch. 81, par. 1-3). (policy approved 1/13/09)
Reciprocal Borrowers: Any person who presents a valid library card from an Illinois reciprocal library may use that card to check out all materials from the Johnsburg Public Library. Reciprocal card holders shall abide by all rules and regulations of the Johnsburg Public Library.
Age Requirements: Anyone age 5 and over may apply for his/her own library card subject to the above conditions. All persons, age 17 and under, who apply for a library card must have the application form signed by a parent or guardian before they may receive a library card. This library subscribes to the policy that parents are responsible for the materials which their children read and this library will not actively restrict or censor materials which children check out.
Below are some of the policies about the public's use of the library.
Behavior in the Library
If a patron is creating a disturbance or causing problems in the Library, the library staff has the authority or right to tell that patron to leave the library. If that patron refuses to comply and continues to cause problems, the police can then be contacted to eject that patron from the library.
- New Adult Books: 2 weeks
- All Other Books: 4 weeks
- Magazines and Pamphlets: 3 weeks
- Audio Books (Books on tape or CD): 3 weeks
- Videos and DVDs: 1 week
- HRC Items: 6 weeks
All items, except interlibrary loan materials, may be renewed for an additional loan period unless the item is on reserve for another person. You may renew materials in person, by phone, or onlinie with a log-in account.
Interlibrary Loans and Reserving Items
Both Johnsburg library card holders and patrons with cards from other libraries may reserve all items owned by the library. Johnsburg card holders may also request items from other libraries using the 'Interlibrary Loan Request' form
. Patrons from other libraries must request Interlibrary Loan items from their home library (the library that issued your card).
- Videos and DVDs: $1.50 per day, to a maximum of $10.00 per movie
- All Other Items: 20 cents per day, to a maximum of $5.00 per item
- Lost Items: Cost of item, plus $5.00 processing fee
Patrons with items five weeks or more overdue and existing fines having a total combined value of $25 or more are turned over to the library's collection agency. A $10 collection agency fee will be assessed on the patrons library card.
Community Room Use
The Board of Trustees of the Johnsburg Public Library District offers the use of the library's meeting room to non-profit groups for educational, cultural, and civic purposes free of charge, provided such meetings are open to the general public. For-profit groups may use the room upon payment of $50 per meeting. The library and the Board of Trustees do not support any position taken by any group by virtue of allowing a group to use the public meeting room.
1. Permission to use the library's public meeting room will be based on the following considerations:
- Library-associated groups will have preference over other groups.
- No admission fee may be charged, no fund raising event may be held, and no sale of any kind can take place without permission of the Library Director.
- Only the library and library-associated groups may use the public meeting room more than once a week. The room may not be reserved more than 3 months in advance without the permission of the Library Director.
- A representative or representatives of the group or organization must accept personal responsibility for all damages and financial loss occurring through the group's or organization's use of the public meeting room facilities.
- The room will not be available for use when the library is closed.
- Child care is not available in any area of the library. Parents must make arrangements for taking care of their children while they are attending the meeting.
- No phone calls, messages, documents, or faxes will be accepted by the library staff for those administering or attending meetings.
- Groups composed of children under the age of 18 must have adequate supervision.
- Meeting room use which would interfere with normal library activities and work because of noise and other factors will not be permitted.
2. Any of the above conditions may be waived by the Library Director in consultation with the Board of Trustees.
3. Use of Public Meeting Room Facilities:
- Beverages other than water are not allowed in the meeting room.
- All groups and organizations are responsible for arranging the room for their use and for leaving all facilities in the same condition as they find them. If library staff has to clean up the room, a $50 janitor fee will be assessed.
- No group shall be permitted to store equipment on library property.
- Absolutely no smoking, drinking of alcoholic beverages, use of controlled substances, or activities which are inherently dangerous are permitted.
- Groups using the meeting room must comply with ADA and are responsible for providing qualified interpreters or auxiliary aids upon request.
4. Permission to use the library's public meeting room may be denied if the group or organization has used the room in the past and failed to follow public meeting room use policies.
- Suspension of Use- The library Board of Trustees may suspend the use of library facilities by individuals pursuant to Illinois State statute, and normally such suspension will be for a specific length of time. The library may provide specific regulations pursuant to statute for persons committing offenses with library property on the library grounds. (Sec. 1004-11 (14))
(Policy revised 6/8/04, 6/13/06):
Internet access is available on selected public terminals for all users of the Johnsburg Public Library. Access to the Internet is compatible with the library's endorsement of the Library Bill of Rights and the Freedom to Read and with its collection development policy. The library makes this service available as part of its mission to inform, educate, entertain and provide cultural enrichment to people of all ages throughout its service area.
The Johnsburg Public Library uses Internet filters to protect children from pornographic or extremely obscene images as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). No filtering solution is 100% effective. The Johnsburg Public Library makes no claims that every pornographic site or image will be filtered, although the library has made a good faith effort to attempt to do this with its filters. The library’s filters may be turned off at individual stations at the request of any patron age 18 and older, as long as the request is for accessing information that is not considered illegal. The Johnsburg Public Library has no control over the information accessed through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content. Information may be reliable and current or it may be inaccurate, out-of-date, controversial or even offensive to some people.
Library users access the Internet at their own discretion. Staff will assist users as time permits.
Children age 17 and under must have a signed parental permission form on file before using the Internet. AS WITH ALL LIBRARY MATERIALS, PARENTS OR GUARDIANS, NOT LIBRARY STAFF. ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR SUPERVISING INTERNET USE BY THEIR CHILDREN.
Internet may NOT be used for chat rooms.
Users may not add, delete, or modify the equipment or programs in any way. Library users must comply with all local, state and federal laws while using Internet. Users found to have violated any laws (including, but not limited to, those concerning copyright, fraud, privacy or obscenity) will have their computer privileges revoked. Internet users who choose to conduct fee-based services while using the library's Internet are responsible for any charges that they incur.
The library charges 10 cents a page for printing in black and white from all computer workstations. Color pages are available for $1.00 per page.
Patrons may access the Internet for no more than one hour each day, unless no one else is waiting for a terminal. Usage is available on a first come-first served basis.
The library may deny or withhold computer/Internet privileges for infractions of these policies.
The Johnsburg Library accepts donations of books, DVDs, music, and videos. Boxes for the donation of old cell phones, glasses, and retired American flags are also available. Encyclopedias and magazines are not accepted as donations.
Parents are responsible for the behavior of their children while they are in the library. The Johnsburg Public Library staff is committed to help children with activities related to the library. However, the library staff cannot, nor is it their responsibility to serve as baby-sitters, teachers, or disciplinarians. In order to prevent undue disruption of normal library activities, to accommodate the general welfare of all persons using the library, and to provide general safety of children using the Johnsburg Public Library, the Library Board of Trustees has approved the following rules as policy:
- All children attending Story Hour, ages 2-5, shall attend with a responsible adult remaining in the building during the assigned story hour.
- All children 7 years of age or younger shall, at all times, be attended and adequately supervised by a responsible adult or mature adolescent 13 years of age or older.
- Children 8 years of age or older may use the library unattended providing proper behavior is maintained. Parents will be contacted if any inappropriate behavior occurs.
- When the safety of an unattended child is in doubt, or the parent or responsible caregiver cannot be located, or if the Library is closing, Library staff is authorized to call the police and stay with the child until the police arrive.
- In all situations, children with disruptive behavior will be asked to leave the library building and property. Procedures for inappropriate behavior will take effect immediately. The Johnsburg Public Library assumes no responsibility for children left unattended on library premises, including prior to or following all scheduled events.
- In the event a young person is still at the library 15 minutes after the library closes to the public, the police will be called to pick up the young person. Attempts will be made during that 15 minutes to reach parents, but in no instance will staff take young people home.
UNATTENDED CHILDREN PARENTAL NOTIFICATION LETTER
The Johnsburg Public Library has recently experienced an incident involving your child, , where they were on Library grounds unattended by you or a responsible caregiver. A copy of the Library’s policy on Unattended Children is enclosed here for your attention. We ask that you review this policy and make every effort to follow it. We do not wish to suspend Library privileges for you or your family, but the safety of children as well as the proper operation of the Library is our first responsibility. If you have any questions regarding this policy or its enforcement, please contact the undersigned.
Very Truly Yours,
Board President or Library Director
View the complete Library Policy Manual
Click the link below to view the manual.
The Johnsburg Public Library District provides materials and services to help patrons obtain information meeting their educational, recreational, informational, and personal needs. Special emphasis is placed on assisting students of all ages in meeting educational objectives. The library encourages young children's interests and appreciation for reading and learning, as well as providing recreational and leisure materials for patrons of all ages.
Primary role of the Johnsburg Public Library District is that of a Formal Education Support Center, with secondary roles being a Preschoolers' Door to Learning and a Popular Materials Library.
Our Services for You
Your Library Card
Library cards are provided free of charge to all residents of our district, as part of your tax-supported library services. Your card gives you borrowing privileges here and at most public libraries in Illinois, access to special online resources, and more. Click here to learn how to get a library card.
If you need a book, DVD, or other item that we don't have, ask us to borrow it from another library for you. You can request an item in person, via the phone, or via the Interlibrary Loan Request Form.
If you are having trouble finding a book, author, or subject, please direct your questions to one of the librarians at the circulation desk or use the Ask a Librarian Form.
Programs and Events
We have a regular schedule of educational and cultural events for all ages. See our calendar for details.
The library provides public computers with filtered Internet access, as well as computers with the Microsoft Office products. Children age 17 and under must have a signed parental permission form on file before using the Internet stations. The cost of copies is 10¢ a page for black and white copies and $1.00 for color copies. Everyone who uses a library computer must follow our policy regarding computer and Internet use.
Photocopiers and Fax Machine
The charge for photocopies is 10¢ per page for black and white copies and $1.00 per page for color copies.
The cost to send or receive a fax is $1.00 per page. See a staff member for assistance.
The use of the library’s meeting room is free to non-profit groups for educational, cultural, and civic purposes, provided such meetings are open to the general public. For-profit groups may use the room upon payment of $50 per meeting. The meeting room must be booked in person and a room reservation form must be signed. Any group wishing to use the Community Room must agree to follow library policies.
Wireless Internet Access
What is a wireless network?
A wireless network provides Internet access to laptop computers and other equipment without a physical cable connection. A wireless network uses radio communication between the computer and access points to provide access to the Internet.
What can I do while connected to the library’s wireless network?
The wireless network provides access to the Internet via the World Wide Web. Patrons can browse the web, check email, and perform other actions that require an Internet connection. To print, use the library’s wireless printer from the link on our website home page at www.johnsburglibrary.org.
How do I connect to the wireless network?
In most cases your device should automatically pick up the SSID (service set identifier). You will connect to the SSID ‘Library-g’.
Set your connection to obtain an IP Address and DNS server automatically.
Disable all encryption (WEP or WPA).
Accessing the Internet.
Once your device connects to the access point and you open a web browser, you should automatically connect to the Internet. Currently the library’s wireless network can support 10 wireless users at a time.
Is the wireless network secure or private?
WiFi is less secure than wired access. WiFi users need to educate themselves about the security risks, and take steps to secure their personal information. Cautious WiFi users may choose not to transmit their credit card or other personal information while using any WiFi "hotspot", including the library’s. The library cannot assure the safety of your data when you use either our wired or wireless Internet access.
Do you offer staff support for connecting to the wireless network?
Wireless network users are responsible for knowing how to configure their own
equipment. Staff members are unable to assist with computer-related issues.
We would like to know if you have problems using the library’s access point. Please mention any difficulties you have to a staff member at the Circulation Desk.
The library assumes no responsibility for any problems or damage that may be inflicted on any equipment by using or attempting to connect to the wireless network.