The Freedom of Information Act is used to ensure that all persons are entitled to full and complete information regarding the affairs of government. Unless information falls within an express statutory exemption, it must be disclosed under FOIA (5 ILCS 140/3).

Considered a public body, the Elmwood Park Public Library must generally comply with a request within 5 working days after receipt of the request, or 21 days if the request is for a commercial purpose. An extension of 5 days may be permitted under certain circumstances.

Fees and costs for supplying records may occur according to the following schedule:

  • The first 50 pages of black and white, letter or legal paper are free of charge
  • After the first 50 pages, the Library will charge .10 per page
  • Colored copies and copies sized other than legal or letter size will be charged at the actual cost of reproduction
  • Cost of electronic records, e.g., disks, diskettes, tapes, etc., will be charged at the actual cost of the recording medium
  • Certified copies are $1.00
  • Fees may be waived or reduced if waiver is within the public interest

Certain types of information maintained by us are exempt from inspection and copying, such as library circulation records; however the following types or categories of records are maintained under our control and may be requested:

  •        Monthly Financial Statements
  •        Annual Receipts and Disbursements Reports
  •        Budget and Appropriation Ordinances
  •        Operating Budgets
  •        Annual Audits
  •        Library Board of Trustees Meeting minutes
  •        Library Policies, including Materials Selection
  •        Adopted Resolutions of the Board
  •        Annual Reports to the Illinois State Library
  •        Bids and Specifications
    • The Library Board of Trustees complies with the Prevailing Wage Act (820 ILCS 130/9) and annually approves the Illinois Department of Labor list for wages to be paid to workers of specific trades on public works projects in Cook County.

Elmwood Park Public Library’s budget appropriation for FY 2021-22 is: $1,845,700. Funding sources are property and personal property replacement taxes, state and federal grants, library fees, and donations.  The Library employs approximately 32 employees at any given time, 16 of which are full-time. View our organizational chart. 

Questions or requests should be submitted to the Elmwood Park Public Library Designated FOIA Officer:
Library Director
Elmwood Park Public Library
1 Conti Parkway, Elmwood Park, IL 60707

Requests must be in writing (email, letter, or fax) and include:

  •       Full name and contact information
  •       Whether your request is for “commercial purposes”
  •       Whether the requested records are to be disclosed for inspection or copied, and if you desire any to be certified
  •       If you request to inspect records, a staff member must be present

You may choose to use this form to submit your request, however, it is not required.