Wauconda Area Library

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Wauconda Area Library
CountryUnited States
TypePublic Library
Location801 N. Main Street, Wauconda, IL 60081
Coordinates 42°16′14″N88°08′42″W / 42.2706°N 88.1450°W / 42.2706; -88.1450 Coordinates: 42°16′14″N88°08′42″W / 42.2706°N 88.1450°W / 42.2706; -88.1450
Access and use
Population servedApproximately 27,000 [1]
Website wauclib.org

The Wauconda Area Library is a public library located in Wauconda, Illinois. The library district covers portions of Lake and McHenry Counties in Illinois and is a member of the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS).

Wauconda, Illinois Village in Illinois, United States

Wauconda is a village in Lake County, Illinois, United States. The population was 13,603 at the 2010 census. It is the site of the Wauconda Bog Nature Preserve, a National Natural Landmark. Wauconda Community Unit School District 118 serves students from kindergarten through 12th grade who live in Wauconda and surrounding communities. Fremont School District 79 also serves students from communities from northern part of Wauconda.

Lake County, Illinois County in the United States

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McHenry County, Illinois County in the United States

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The library was founded in 1939 by the Wauconda Women's Club and became a township library in 1962. It became a public library district in 1988. Its newest location building opened in 1997. The library earned the Distinguished Building Award in 1998 from the American Institute of Architects. [2]

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In 2015, the library underwent a renovation of the interior of the building. This renovation project not only brought the library's interior up to date and made it look new again, but it set the stage for providing outstanding library services for the Wauconda Area community well into the future. [3]

In 2019, the library updated the front entrance to be more accessible and modern. The concrete stairs and ramp were replaced with non-permeable pavers. The stairs are less steep with an additional landing, and are heated from underneath to prevent any build-up of ice or snow. [4]


The Wauconda Area Library was a recipient of the 1998 Distinguished Building Award from the American Institute of Architects Chicago (AIA Chicago)

The Wauconda Area Library was named Library of the Year in 2005 by the NSLS, a consortium of 650 academic, public, school, and special libraries in north suburban Cook, Kane, Lake and McHenry Counties. [2]

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  1. https://www.wauclib.org/about/employment
  2. 1 2 http://www.wauclib.org/about/history.asp
  3. "Library History". Wauconda Area Library. Retrieved 2019-07-23.
  4. "Outdoor renovation project is winding down!". Wauconda Area Library. Retrieved 2019-07-23.