Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Mission Statement

The Thomas Ford Library enriches people’s lives by providing opportunities to access a vast array of ideas and information, and up-to-date technology, with welcoming, state-of-the art service in a comfortable setting for work, study, meetings, events, and community activities.

VALUES

The Board, Staff, and volunteers of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library are committed to the following values:

  • We value those who use the Library, providing gracious, respectful, and accurate service to all
  • We value the Library as a community facility that fosters the open communication of ideas and information
  • We value the community by actively participating in it and endeavoring to enhance the quality of life in Western Springs
  • We value the collection of and access to information in all formats: print, electronic, audio, and video
  • We value technology as a means of providing and delivering needed information to our users
  • We value the privacy of our users by keeping their transactions confidential to the fullest extent of the law

VISION

Where people and ideas connect.

Policy Statements

Library policies are determined by the Board of Trustees in its monthly meetings. A book of current policies is kept at the Circulation, Reference, and Youth Services desks for public viewing.

Here are links to PDF documents of our library policies.

Bylaws of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library [PDF]

Circulation Policy [PDF]

Computer Utilization Policy [PDF]

Computer Utilization: Teen Lounge / Young Adult Room Policy [PDF]

Confidentiality of Library Records Policy [PDF]

Fund Balance Policy [PDF]

Gifts and Memorials Policy [PDF]

Graham Fund Policy [PDF]

Group Visits Policy [PDF]

Identity Protection Policy [PDF]

Investment Policy [PDF]

Library Emergencies Policy [PDF]

Materials Selection Policy [PDF]

 Meeting Room Policy [PDF]

Patron Behavior Policy [PDF]

Personnel Policy [PDF]

Program Policy [PDF]

Prohibited Gifts Policy [PDF]

Public Comment at Board Meetings Policy [PDF]

Public Displays, Notices, Handouts and Related Activities Policy [PDF]

Reference Services Policy [PDF]

Request for Review form [PDF]

Responsibilities of Library Board and Library Director [PDF]

Safe Child Policy [PDF]

Sexual Harassment Policy [PDF]

Timber Trails Fund Policy [PDF]

Tutoring Policy [PDF]

 Volunteer Policy [PDF]