Freedom of Information

In accordance with the general Provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (5 ILCS 140/), the Crete Public Library District provides the following procedures for requesting information and records available to the public.

Please make your request for records in writing. You may submit your written request by mail, fax or e-mail.

Please direct your request to:

FOIA Officer – Administrative Librarian
Crete Public Library District
1177 N. Main St.
Crete, IL 60417
Fax: (708) 672-3529
E-mail: director@cretelibrary.org

Please be as specific as possible when describing the records you are seeking. Remember, the Freedom of Information Act is designed to allow you to inspect or receive copies of records. It is not designed to require a public body to answer questions. To the extent that you wish to ask questions of a representative of the Crete Public Library District, you may call the library at (708) 672-8017 to be directed to the FOIA Officer.

You must specify the records requested to be disclosed for inspection or to be copied. You have the right to either option. If you desire that any records be certified, you must specify which ones. You must indicate whether you have a “commercial purpose” in your request.

To reimburse us our actual costs for reproducing and certifying (if requested) the records, you will be charged the following fees:

  • There will be a $1.00 charge for each certification of records
  • There is no charge for the first fifty (50) pages of black & white text either letter or legal size
  • There is a $ .15 per page charge for copied records in excess of 50 pages
  • The actual copying cost of color copies and other sized copies will be charge

If the records are kept in electronic format you may request a specific format and if feasible, they will be so provided, but if not, they will be provided either in the electronic format in which they are kept (and you would be required to pay the actual cost of the medium only, i.e. disc, diskette, tape, etc.) or in paper as you select.

Records may be inspected or copied. If inspected, an employee must be present throughout the inspection.

The office will respond to a written request within five (5) working days or sooner if possible. An extension of an additional five (5) working days may be necessary to properly respond.

The place and times the records will be available are as follows:

Monday – Friday: 9:30am – 5:00pm
Crete Public Library District
1177 M Main St.
Crete IL 60417

Certain types of information maintained by the library are exempt from inspection and copying. However, the following types or categories of records are maintained under our control:

  • Monthly Financial Statements
  • Annual Receipts and Disbursements Reports
  • Budget and Appropriation Ordinances
  • Levy Ordinances
  • Operating Budgets
  • Annual Audits
  • Minutes of the Board of Library Trustees
  • Library Policies, including Materials Selection
  • Annual Reports to the Illinois State Library

You have the right to seek review by the Illinois Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor, 500 S Second St. Springfield IL 62705 (217) 558-0486 or the Circuit Court.

A brief description of our public body is as follows:

  • Our purpose is to provide library services to the residents of the defined library district (most of Crete Township excluding the Village of Steger and portions of University Park and Park Forest in Crete Township).
  • The total amount of our operating budget for FY2017 is $1.7 million. Funding sources are local property taxes and some grants.
  • The primary office is located at: 1177 N Main St., Crete, IL 60417
  • The library’s number of employees is approximately: 33
  • The Board of Library Trustees exercises control over finances and policies. The Board meets at 7:00 PM the 3rd Wednesday of the month at the library.

The library is required to report and be answerable for our operations to:

Illinois State Library
300 South Second Street
Springfield, Illinois 62701

Its members are State Librarian Jesse White (Secretary of State); Greg McCormick, Deputy Director of State Library, and various other staff.