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About Us

  • Who We Are

    Mission Statement

    The Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library will provide resources for lifelong learning.

    Library Vision Statement

    The Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library District will be an essential resource in connecting people with our world through the discovery of knowledge and culture.  We will meet this challenge by providing access to information in a welcoming community environment.

    Library Core Values

    • Equal Access
    • Intellectual Freedom
    • Service
    • Diversity
    • Literacy and Lifelong Learning
    • Teamwork
    • Creativity
    • Responsible stewardship of all resources

    Our Story

    In 1963, Steger School District #194 made an agreement to have the newly constructed school library at Central Junior High serve as a library to residents within the school district.  Eventually, a group of Steger and South Chicago Heights residents worked together to pursue a referendum to establish a library district including both villages. 

    On March 15, 1975, the referendum was passed and the Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library District was formed.  The new library opened on August 30, 1976 at 3326-28 Chicago Road in South Chicago Heights.  In 1987, the library moved into a brand new 5,000 sq. ft. building at 54 East 31st Street in Steger. 

    After receiving a $250,000 Live and Learn Construction Grant from the Illinois State Library and an Illinois First Grant sponsored by State Representative Debbie Halvorson, plans were implemented to add a Children's Wing.  With fundraisers sponsored by "The Friends" and personal donations from residents and businesses, an additional $35,000 was raised.  The Children's Wing was constructed in 2002 without an increase in taxes. 

    Today, the Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library has over 45,000 items available for circulation.  Over 8,000 residents of Steger and South Chicago Heights are registered borrowers.  We have 7 elected library trustees, an enthusiastic "Friends" group, and a staff of dedicated employees.  We offer great monthly programs for children and adults and we are committed to our mission of providing and promoting information and ideals that will continuously inspire the residents of Steger and South Chicago Heights.

  • Contact Us

    Our mailing address is:
    54 East 31st Street, Steger, Illinois 60475

    Our phone number is:

    Our fax number is:

    Or you can use the appropriate form below to contact us via e-mail:

    Contact Library: Send us an email with general comments and questions about the library.

    Ask Us a Question: Use this email for reference questions.

    Interlibrary Loan Request: Sign in to SWAN.

    We look forward to hearing from you!

  • Supporting Your Library

    How to get involved!

     Friends | Memorials | Gift Bricks | Campbell's Labels for Education| Paper Recycling


    The Steger - So. Chicago Heights Public Library encourages patrons to join our supporting organization, The Friends of the Steger-So. Chicago Heights Public Library. Meetings are held on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the library.

    Forms can be downloaded here or filled out in the library.

    $10 - Individual

    $5 - Senior

    $40 - Family

    $50 - Donor

    $100 - Benefactor

    Memberships and additional gifts are tax deductible. Please make check payable to FRIENDS of the Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library.

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    Memorials are gifts/donations made in memory of a loved one. These may be of any amount, and you may choose to have the money benefit a Book Fund, a Programming Fund, a Building Fund, or a Technology Fund. You will receive a confirmation letter for your donation, and it will be acknowledged in the Library's new Memorial Book at the Front Desk, and on the webpage.

    Click on the link below to download and print our Memorial Form. Simply fill it out and bring it in.

    Memorial Form

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    The Steger-South Chicago Heights Library offers Gift Bricks that may be purchased by our patrons. Each brick may be engraved with a personal message, and will be displayed as a brick path around our Children's Reading Garden. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by lay. The Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library maintains the right of final approval for all engravings.

    Click on the link below to download and print the Gift Brick Order Form, then bring the form with payment to the Steger-South Chicago Heights Library.

    Gift Brick Order Form

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    We have partnered with ABITIBI Consolidated and we now have a paper retriever receptacle located in the southeast corner of our parking lot. You can drop off the following items: newspapers, magazines, office and school papers, shredded paper, catalogs, and junk mail.

    Please no cardboard or telephone books.

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  • Memorial Form

    Download and print this form to make a donation.

    application/pdf memorial_form.pdf — 64 KB

  • Gift Bricks

    Gift Brick Order Form

    application/pdf Gift_Brick_Form.pdf — 145 KB

  • Campbell's Labels for Education

    A listing of the caps and labels eligible for the Labels for Education program.

    application/pdf campbells_labels.pdf — 1148 KB