Park Ridge Public Library, 847-825-3123
Library Director, 847-720-3203
Business Office, 847-720-3202
Patron Services, 847-720-3221
Youth Services, 847-720-3250
Facility Services, 847-720-3210
Reference & Information Services, 847-720-3230
Reader Services, 847-720-3280
Teen Services, 847-720-3286
Technical Services, 847-720-3332
Library Director: Joanna Bertucci
Finance Manager: Alyson Doubek
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 Library.
Department Manager: Anastasia Rachmaciej
The Patron Services Department handles all materials checked out and returned to the Library. Patron Services also answers incoming calls and general information and directional questions, issues library cards and accepts donations of books and other materials.
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: Laura Scott
The Reference Department serves patrons in person, by phone, through email and instant messaging. Staff assist patrons with their information needs, helping them 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 over fifty databases. Public computers are located in the Reference Department.
The Studio, our makerspace, is a collaborative place that encourages creative exploration, design, and building, using a variety of technologies and equipment. In the Media Lab music fans can access vinyl-to-digital turntable for converting favorite albums into electronic files, a VHS-to-DVD converter to preserve home movies, and a Macintosh desktop computer, stocked with the full Adobe design suite. A microfilm machine for accessing historic documents and media, as well as an Optolec magnifier, are also included in the lab.
The Studio and the Media Lab are located on the second floor, near the Reference Desk. After attending an orientation, appointments can be made to use these spaces. The Studio and Media Lab are available to Park Ridge Public Library cardholders only.
Department Manager: Laura Scott
The Reader Services Department serves patrons in person, by phone, and 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, provide outreach services to seniors and community groups and volunteer opportunities.
Department Manager: Lauren Bochat
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.
Department Manager: Staci Greenwald
The Youth Services Department serves children, 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.
The Teen Loft serves middle school and high school students providing a collection of books, magazines, DVDs, video games, and school textbooks 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 Youth Services desk on the first floor. The Teen librarian presents programs for teens on a variety of topics and provides outreach through the local schools.