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.


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

Where people and ideas connect.

Annual Financial Information

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Policy Statements

Library policies are determined by the Board of Trustees in its monthly meetings. Current policies may also be accessed at the Circulation, Reference, and Youth Services desks as well as the Administrative office.

Here are links to PDF documents of our library policies.

Bylaws of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library [PDF]

Circulation Policy [PDF]

Computer Use Policy [PDF]

Confidentiality of Library Records Policy [PDF]

Fund Balance Policy [PDF]

Gifts to the Library Policy [PDF]

Graham Fund Policy [PDF]

Group Visits Policy [PDF]

Identity Protection Policy [PDF]

Investment Policy [PDF]

Medical Emergency Policy [PDF]

Materials Selection Policy [PDF]

Meeting Room Policy [PDF]

Non-Harassment Policy [PDF]

Patron Behavior Policy [PDF]

Personnel Policy [PDF]

Programs 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]

Social Media Policy [PDF]

Timber Trails Fund Policy [PDF]

Tutoring Policy [PDF]

Volunteer Policy [PDF]

In compliance with the Open Meetings Act, the Library does maintain a list of all employees whose total compensation package is greater than $75,000 per year. This list is available for inspection in the Administrative Offices of the Library, Monday through Friday, 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.

For information on the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, click here.