Guide to Morton
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Morton Public Library
Address: 315 W. Pershing St., Morton
Phone: 309-263-2200
Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday — Thursday (summer hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday), 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and closed Sunday.

Our Mission

The Mission of the Morton Public Library is to actively connect people to books, resources, and technology; and provide opportunities for learning, collaboration and enjoyment.

Our Vision

Our vision is that our patrons are enriched through continual learning and discovery.

Our Story

Library service in the village of Morton began in 1922 when the Semper Fidelis club of Morton Community United Church of Christ organized donations and volunteers for a library. In 1925, the library became tax supported and the first library board was elected.

The current library building was designed by architect Don Westlake and constructed by Diversified Buildings Inc. The original 9,500 sq. ft. building opened in 1982. In 1998, a 9,700 sq. ft. addition was completed. Many areas in the library are dedicated to donors who contributed to the Building Foundation. Additional funding included a Live and Learn Construction Grant from the Secretary of State.

Hannah’s Reading Garden was installed in 2015. In 2018, the library underwent a refresh project, updating paint and carpet throughout the building and rearranging the interior spaces. This created an open and welcoming lobby, updated the front men’s and women’s restrooms, relocated children’s services to the back of library - putting its collection together and gaining 700 sq. feet of space; creating a dedicated teen/young adult area and gained an extra meeting room by putting the Morton History Collection out on display.

Governed by an elected board of seven trustees, the library serves residents of Morton and is a member of Reaching Across Illinois Library System

Our Long Range Plan

A Long Range Plan for the Morton Public Library has been developed. The planning process began in January 2016 with the Morton Public Library District Board of Trustees, members of the library staff and members of the community participating. The library conducted a community survey in December 2015, with 400 responses and many positive responses about the library. The committee evaluated the library’s mission, vision and values and rewrote those statements to reflect the community’s needs and the current environment. The committee examined the survey and community data and developed five priorities
of service for the coming years.