About Us


The Cortland Library is the center hub for the Cortland Community.  Residents are provided with a large selection of various genres of books, audio books and e-books.  Patrons also have access to public computers and Internet.


There are so many unique programs offered for so many different age groups.  Many times parents sit and visit while their kids are attending programs.  The Cortland Library is a very common meeting place for residents.  Whether it is for planning community events, small meetings, or just getting together visit visit.



Our History















Cortland Community Library first opened on July 3, 1984 in a little blue building along Somonauk Road where Casey's gas pumps are now located. When Casey's came to town, the library was allowed to move into Town Hall, where it stayed for almost eight years. The old fire barn was purchased in 1993, and the library moved to its current location at 63 S. Somonauk Road.



In 1989 a referendum was passed, establishing the library as a governmental taxing body. The library was staffed by volunteers until May 1996, when the first librarian was hired and the library was able to meet the entrance standards of the Northern Illinois Library System.

63 S  Somonauk Rd.

Cortland, IL 60112

Phone: 815-756-7274

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