A.C. Buehler Library
190 Prospect Avenue
Susan Swords Steffen, Director
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 7:30 am-12 midnight; Friday, 7:30 am-7 pm; Saturday, 8 am-5 pm; and Sunday, 12 noon-12 midnight. Hours may vary during vacation and holiday periods
Designed to meet the academic needs of Elmhurst College students and the greater community for reading and study, A.C. Buhler Library is one of the finest small-college libraries in the Midwest.
A.C. Buehler currently has come 100 computers for study and research, and a print collection of more than 220,000 volumes and thousands of audio-visual materials. The library's Rudolf G. Schade Archives and Special Collections preserve the 140-year-plus history of the College.
Elmhurst College's unparalleled collection of Chicago Imagist art is displayed throughout its library.
The “Cultural Campus” adjacent to downtown Elmhurst features both public and private libraries—Elmhurst Public Library (established 1912) in Wilder Park and A.C. Buehler Library at Elmhurst College—situated along Prospect Avenue nearly kitty-corner to each other.
Elmhurst Public Library
125 South Prospect Avenue
630-279-9696 * f - 630-516-1364
Mary Beth Campe, Director
Hours: Weekdays, 9 am-9 pm; Saturday, 9 am-5 pm; Sunday, 1-5 pm
The award-winning Elmhurst Public Library strives to be the community hub for small business, local clubs, special interest groups and individuals who seek resources and spaces to explore, learn and grow.
EPL ranks consistently among the top-20 public libraries nationwide and among the top-10 in Illinoisin its category, according to the annual review by the Library Journal based on number of visitors, circulation, program attendance and public internet use per capita. Rated four out of five stars, EPL was among only 262 of 7,570 public libraries to qualify as star libraries.
Amenities include public meeting rooms, group and silent study rooms, computer training lab, 80-plus public computers, wireless internet access, free story times/programs for children and adults, drive up window and coffee bar.
The library’s catalog, databases and other services are available to EPL cardholders from the library website, including reserving and renewing books online, and services for residents with special needs include book delivery to qualified homebound citizens.
Board of Trustees
The Elmhurst Public Library is over seen by a nine-member Board of Trustees elected by the public.
Linda Wheaton (2017)
Marsha M. Baker (2016)
Monica Iacono (2017)Secretary
Ingrid Becton (2015)
Carol Jacobsen (2016)
Teresa Menolascino (2017)
Susan P. Sadowski (2015)
Bill Shanklin (2016)
Friends of the Library
125 South Prospect Avenue
Monica Caster, President
Friends of the Elmhurst Public Library (founded 1941) has enriched the library’s resources and supported library programs with proceeds from membership dues and fundraising events.
The Friends’ purpose is to maintain an association of persons interested in the library; to increase the library’s facilities and services; to secure materials beyond the scope of the library’s operating budget to enrich the cultural opportunities available to residents.