About Us

The Green Hills Public Library District is a transformative organization that advocates for lifelong learning and exploration.  Our facility has seen tremendous growth since the Library was originally founded in 1962.  Over the last several decades, the Library has grown with the community.  The Library’s current location provides 31,000 square feet, designed and built to meet the needs of our ever-changing community.  We serve a population of 33,209 residents in Hickory Hills, Palos Hills, and a small portion of Justice.

Our Mission

The mission of the Green Hills Public Library District is to inspire lifelong learning and exploration by connecting the community with information and resources.

Our Vision

The vision of the Green Hills Public Library District is a community in which every resident and organization has access to the information and resources necessary to optimize educational, social, economic, and civic outcomes in a dynamically changing world.

Our Values

Exploration: Cultivating curiosity and lifelong learning among community members through the exploration of resources.
Reflecting the diversity of our community through all Library initiatives. 
Ensuring all community members have the opportunity to utilize and benefit from materials, programs, and services.
Customer Experience:
Providing exceptional customer service to all community members through professional and knowledgeable staff.
Collaboration: Fostering cooperation among staff and in the community by actively seeking local partnerships.
Innovation: Embracing opportunities to encourage creative ideas and solutions.
Welcoming Environment: Providing a clean, safe, functional, and well-maintained facility to all users.
Stewardship: Serving as a responsible steward of the community’s resources and maintaining transparency at all levels.

Strategic Plan

On February 15, 2021, the Library Board of Trustees adopted the 2021-2024 Strategic Plan.   During this time, GHPLD will strive for a Diverse Library through initiatives that are representative of the community, an Enhanced Presence from stronger marketing and outreach efforts, and an Expansion of Services that foster inclusiveness, innovation, and lifelong learning.

The Library has developed goals that we believe will aid in accomplishing our desired outcomes, while further supporting our mission, vision, and values.  The Library’s goals include:

  • Evaluate existing programs, collections, spaces, and services while making intentional and meaningful changes that align with community need.
  • Explore creative solutions and opportunities to identify and engage with unserved and underserved populations, as well as eliminate the barriers that keep those populations from utilizing Library services.
  • Review the current fine structure and explore the possibility of eliminating fines.
  • Improve the Library materials selection and maintenance activities through the collection and analysis of data.
  • Develop a technology access plan driven by community and operational needs.
  • Form and maintain partnerships with community organizations to enhance the Library’s value to residents.
  • Investigate and implement sustainability efforts.
  • Identify communication priorities through the development of a marketing plan, including investigating the establishment of formal marketing staff.
  • Strengthen the organizational structure through enhanced communication efforts, creation of a culture code, professional development opportunities, and evaluation of procedures.

Library Information Center

The Green Hills Public Library District maintains an Information Center in support of transparency.  Community members may access our financial information, policies, reports, and other documents on this page.

Freedom of Information Act Policy

It is the policy of the Green Hills Public Library District to comply with requests for public records submitted to the District in accordance with the terms of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (“Act”), as amended from time to time.  A copy of the Act is on file for inspection at the District offices.

The Library’s designated FOIA officer is Roberta Richter, Head of Business Services.

Freedom of Information Act Requests can be submitted via email at ghplfoia@greenhillslibrary.org, by mail, or in-person.  The Library’s address is 10331 S. Interlochen Dr., Palos Hills, IL 60465.

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