Park Ridge Public Library, 847-825-3123
Library Director, 847-720-3203
Business Office, 847-720-3202
Circulation Services, 847-720-3271
Children's Services, 847-825-4527
Facility Services, 847-720-3210
Reference & Information Services, 847-720-3245
Reader Services, 847-720-3280
Teen Services, 847-720-3286
Technical Services, 847-720-3271
Library Director: Heidi Smith
Business Office Manager: Angela Berger
The Administration Department is in charge of overall Library operations. Responsibilities include: preparing Board documents, processing payment of library invoices, processing job applications, scheduling meeting rooms, coordinating all publicity efforts, coordinating the Park Ridge Community Network, www.parkridge.info, and IT management for the entire Library.
Department Manager: Anastasia Daskalos
The Circulation Department handles over 830,000 per year that are checked out and returned to the Library. Circulation also answers incoming calls and general information and directional questions, issues library cards and accepts donations of books and other materials.
Department Manager: Parry Rigney
The Children's Services Department serves children from birth through 6th grade, parents, teachers, and adults that work with children. The department has a collection of over 80,000 items, computers with fun and educational games, access to the Internet, an area for young children to explore, an area for school-age children to relax, read and study, and listening stations. Programs for all ages are offered year round.
Department Manager: John Priala
The Maintenance Department is responsible for the maintenance and security of the facility and grounds. Maintenance staff receive daily deliveries, process outgoing mail, set up meeting rooms for library programs and outside groups using the facility, empty outdoor book drops and provide a clean and safe environment for the public and staff.
Reference & Information Services
Department Manager: Gretchen Kottkamp
The Reference Department serves patrons from 6th grade through adult in person, by phone, through email and instant messaging. Staff assist patrons with their information needs, helping them to find the information they seek utilizing both print and online resources. The department has a large collection of reference and circulating nonfiction books, over 300 magazine subscriptions, two dozen newspaper subscriptions and access to almost sixty databases. Most of the Library's public computers are located in the Reference Department.
Department Manager: Laura Scott
The Reader Services Department serves patrons from 6th grade through adult, in person, by phone, through email. The department has a collection that includes fiction books, large print books, books on CD, Playaways, DVDs, compact disks, and video games. Staff in the Reader Services Department plan and present programs for adults and young adults, provide outreach services to seniors and community groups and volunteer opportunities. The Special Services Room is located in this department and contains an ADA Computer with JAWS technology and an Optelec magnifying device.
Teen Services Librarian: Claire Griebler
The Young Adult Loft serves middle school and high school students providing a collection of books, magazines, DVDs, video games, school textbooks and a selection of reference materials in a specially designed space. Four computers for access to the internet are available for students. Staff provide reader's advisory and reference assistance in the Loft or at the Reader Services desk on the second floor. The Young Adult librarian presents programs for Young Adults on a variety of topics and provides outreach through the local schools.
Interim Department Manager: Anastasia Daskalos
The Technical Services Department orders, receives, processes and prepares all new materials for the Library's collections. This department is also responsible for withdrawing all worn and out of date materials.