About Us

Hinckley Public Library District offers library service for residents of the Village of Hinckley and Squaw Grove Township.  Non-residents of our district , i.e. residents of Pierce and Big Rock townships, may purchase an annual card for library service.

Mission Statement


The Hinckley Public Library District strives to provide a gateway to information.  By striking a balance between traditional resources and emerging technologies, the library endeavors to enrich our community by creating an environment that supports life-long learning and enjoyment.

Fines and Fees


Overdue Materials:
ØBooks - 10 cents/day, not to exceed the cost of the book. One day grace period.
ØAudioBooks – 10 cents/day, not to exceed the cost of the item.
ØMagazines – 10 cents/day, not to exceed the cost of the item.
ØDVDs - $1.00/day, not exceed the cost of the item.
ØDiscovery Bags - $1.00/day, not to exceed the cost of the item.
ØInterlibrary Loan materials – 10 cents/day.
ØMusic CDs - $1.00/day not to exceed the cost of the item.
ØInterlibrary Loan materials ordered but not picked up within 6 business days - $1.00.
ØAudio books, CDs, and DVDs returned to outside box return - $5 fee per item.
ØCopies – 10 cents per page for Black and White, 25 cents per page for color.
ØFax (transmission) - $1.00/page
ØFax (receipt) - 10 cents/page. The library assumes no responsibility of notification or the receipt of a fax for an individual. 
ØComputer printouts – 10 cents/page for Black and White; 25 cents/page for small graphics and color.
ØInternet usage – free.
ØDVDs - $1.00/week for fiction DVD titles.


Library Staff


Mrs. Rylie Roubal, Director
Lisa Carter, Youth Services Director
Bonnie Riley
Lynne Stein
 Cindee Johnson
Paula Johnson
Matthew Davis
Ethan Clark

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.

Interlibrary Loan

If you need a book, DVD, or other item that we don't have, ask us to borrow it from another library for you, or you can request items through PrairieCat.

Reference Desk

Please feel free to ask questions.  We will strive to assist you with your library needs.

Programs and Events

We have a regular schedule of educational and cultural events for all ages. See the community calendar for details.


Stop by with your wireless device and use our FREE wifi!

Everyone who uses a library computer must follow our policy regarding computer and Internet use.

Photocopiers and Fax Machine

Copies – 10 cents/page for Black and White, 25 cents/page for Color.
Fax (transmission) - $1.00/page
Fax (receipt) - 10 cents/page. The library assumes no responsibility of notification or the receipt of a fax for an individual. The fax will be held by the library for one week and then discarded.

Library Policies

Below are some of the policies about the public's use of the library.

Board Bylaws 12.14.15.pdf122.39 KB
Collection Development Policy 1.12.15.pdf107.46 KB
Conduct Policy 3.9.15.pdf172.91 KB
DVD Checkout Policy 1.9.17.pdf128.1 KB
Fines and Fees Policy 2.13.17.pdf156.54 KB
Homebound Delivery Policy 1.9.17.pdf209.2 KB
Interlibrary Loan Policy 8.12.13.pdf93.72 KB
Internet Use Policy 7.14.14.pdf95.48 KB
Investment of Public Funds Policy 12.12.16.pdf252.32 KB
Library Card Policy 2.8.16.pdf88.98 KB
Patron Confidentiality Policy 9.8.14.pdf79.32 KB
Public Participation at Board Meetings Policy 2.13.17.pdf207.4 KB
Reference Policy 7.11.16.pdf131.96 KB
Social Media Policy 2.8.16.pdf89.76 KB
Wi-Fi Policy 1.13.14.pdf58.8 KB

History of the Library


  Planning for a library began in 1911 by members of the Hinckley Women’s Club and became a reality when the first board was appointed April 7, 1913. The library was located in the Leifheit building and 300 people attended the initial open house on April 12, 1913.
In 1913 the library had approximately 300 books and no magazines. Books and funds were solicited from interested residents and donations from various Woman’s Clubs of the twelfth district were accepted.                                                                                                                                  
Financial support for the library came from bakes sales held twice a year or a fifty cent charge if one did not donate an item to the bake sale. The taxpayers voted down the opportunity to support the library in 1915 and 1916. A referendum was passed in April of 1963 making Squaw Grove Township Public Library tax supported.
In 1926 the library moved to a rent free room in the upper level of the newly constructed Community Building. In 1993 the library was moved to the present lower level location in order to comply with federal accessibility requirements.
A board of volunteer librarians operated the library until April 1964. The library has been served by six librarians since it has been tax supported beginning with Mrs. Lillian Hartman 1964-1976, Mrs. Helen Fritsch 1976-1988, Mrs. Eve Kirk 1988-1989, Mrs. Shirley Wilhelmsen 1989-2010, Mrs. Genevieve Guran 2010-2011, Ms. Heather Shlah 2011-2012 and Ms. Rylie Carter 2012-Present.
In 1967 the library became one of the original members of the Northern Illinois Library System which allowed for sharing of resources among libraries. 
In 1986 the residents voted to become Squaw Grove Public Library District. At that time the residents of Pierce and Big Rock townships voted not to join the District. The official name of the District was changed to The Hinckley Public Library District in July 2006.
The technological explosion has been evident in the operation of the library as in other aspects of our lives. In 1990 the first computer was purchased and used by the staff for office work. Since then computers have become an integral part of a service offered to patrons as well as assisting office staff.

Volunteer Opportunities


ØVolunteers are always welcomed and appreciated! Stop in to pick up the volunteer information sheet.
ØPast volunteers have helped: shelve books, clean book covers, help with children’s programs, and much more!

Illinois State Library Services

The Illinois State Library provides you with services directly, through us, and in cooperation with other agencies.