The Fremont Public Library exists to:
Engage the Community,
and Enrich Minds.
To that end, the board of trustees, administration and staff of the Fremont Public Library present this plan to follow a strategic direction toward positive growth and change.
The Board of Trustees and the staff of the Fremont Public Library welcome you to your public library. Our goal is to make sure each visit to the library is as enjoyable and productive as possible. We welcome all suggestions and input that will help us reach this goal. The Fremont Public Library District encompasses parts of Mundelein, Grayslake, Hawthorn Woods, Libertyville, Long Grove, Round Lake, Round Lake Park, and Wauconda. For more information about getting a library card or to see if you are in our district, click here.
The idea for a library in Fremont Township was born on April 5, 1955, when the residents of Fremont Township voted to create a “Free Public Library”. On December 2, 1955, the Fremont Township Public Library opened for business in a rented storefront located at the corner of Lake Street and Park Avenue in the village of Mundelein with a collection of approximately 6,000 items. The library was open from 2 pm-5 pm, Monday through Saturday, and library service was provided by one librarian, Miriam Peaco, and a group of volunteers.
1964: A used bookmobile is purchased to provide service to residents living outside the village of Mundelein.
1966: The Library purchases the building it had been renting when Library Board President, Leonard Schmitt and Board Treasurer, Donald Coleman secure a loan with their own signatures.
1968: Library collection reaches 17,500 items.
1972: The Fremont Public Library District is formed as an independent taxing body, making Fremont the first library in Illinois to convert from a township library to a district library.
1974: Small additions to the library building increases its size to 4,880 square feet.
1986: Remodeling project increases the library building to 13,800 square feet.
1998: Voters approve the construction of a new library facility on land donated by Town & Country Builders to the Village of Mundelein. The village then donated the land to the library district.
2001: The Library, a 78,000 square foot building, opens its doors at 1170 N. Midlothian Rd. This building includes an unfinished space that would allow us to grow with the district in 20 years.
2010: The first floor was redesigned with a new Checkout Desk, Audiovisual area, and computersfor Teens. New carpet was installed in the front half of the first floor.
2015: The Youth Services department received a complete makeover with new carpeting, shelves, creative play and study areas, computer tables, and other furnishings.
2017: The parking lot was completely resurfaced and we were able to install heating elements under the front awning and sidewalks to assist with winter conditions.
2020: The library has amended its services and hours in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
2021: The library plans to complete a lighting renovation project to update to LED fixtures that are brighter and function better.