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We serve the Village of Crete, Crete Township, and a few other area addresses. Library district residents have access to a wide variety of materials and online resources with their library cards. Our well-trained and friendly staff is here to assist you.

We are a member of RAILS (Reaching Across Illinois Library System) and the SWAN Database Consortium, which provides an online catalog allowing our cardholders to borrow from the Crete Public Library, as well as more than 90 other public library collections through the interlibrary loan service.

Our History

The seeds of the Crete Public Library were planted in 1929 when a small collection of donated books was made available to the public at a public school library. In the early 1960s, the first stand-alone location was in the historic home of Dr. Charles Blim, at the northeast corner of North and Benton streets. With a staff of one, it was open just 14 hours a week.

In February 1985, a referendum led to our becoming an official library district, which moved the library out from under the Village umbrella. A second successful referendum brought all unincorporated areas of Crete into the library district. Our current building was dedicated on May 2, 1996.

The library building went through a major renovation in 2013 to help improve how the library serves our community. Based on findings from community surveys and focus groups, the library added additional study rooms, computer space, and a dedicated teen area, in addition to replacing carpeting, repainting, and generally updating the decor.

For more information on the history of the Crete Public Library, including articles and pictures, please visit our historical archives Capturing Crete.