About Us

Cortland Community Library is a fun and safe space for all residents to come and enjoy our services. We are not your typical quiet library, we are an engaging community center where everyone is a neighbor. Whether you love being glued to a book or glued to a screen we have content for everyone's enjoyment.

Our Staff

Barb Coward

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Director

Heather Black

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Assistant Director

Christine Donnelly

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Library Technician

Dawn McAllister

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 Library Technician 

Shelly Hoshaw

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 Library Technician 

Terry Kammes

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 Library Technician 

Danielle Wilcox

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 Library Technician 

Terri Pardridge

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Story Time

Sophia Bryant

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Library Technician

Our History

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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.