Painted windows on the future home of Hinckley Public Library District

What has been a dream for decades is now attainable. The Hinckley Public Library District has been a tenant in the Hinckley Community Building since it was built in 1926. The library occupies 2,850 square feet of basement space, complete with all the challenges of a nearly 100-year-old building. Persistent flooding causes an unsafe work environment and requires hours of cleanup. Staff and patrons with mobility issues are limited in their use of the small space with its uneven flooring and difficult elevator. The meeting spaces directly above the library produce incredible noise during community events such as karate and Zumba classes.


The library is community hub. We partner with the Hinckley Area Food Pantry to hand out bags of food to kids in need on a weekly basis and coordinate an annual holiday Giving Tree to provide gifts to low-income families in the community. We offer a Summer Reading Program that helps to prevent summer learning loss in students. The library’s events provide much needed education and entertainment in a small town that doesn’t have many opportunities.


In December 2020 the library received the donation of a 5,900 square foot building in the heart of downtown Hinckley. This single-story structure will solve our accessibility problems and allow us to rejuvenate a very visible piece of the community’s image. To turn the former Hinckley Medical Center into the new home of the library will require major renovation. Your donations will go directly toward renovation costs on this new community-centered space.


Charitable contributions made to public libraries may be tax-deductible under section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code. If your organization requires the recipient to have a 501(c)3 status to consider donating, please contact us to arrange for the donation to be accepted by the 501(c)3 Fund for Illinois Libraries.

Donate by mail to
Hinckley Public Library District
100 N Maple St
Hinckley IL 60520
Piles of colorful books
Material Donations

We accept donations of clean used books, DVDs, CDs and magazines. Items that have water damage, mold, bugs, cigarette or animal smells will not be accepted. We cannot accept VHS, cassette tapes, or encylopedias.

All material donations are reviewed by staff to be either added to the collection, sold, or recycled.

Honor your loved one with a memorial donation. Monetary donations made in memory or recognition of a loved one allow the library to purchase books or other materials. Your loved one's name will be memorialized on a plaque inside each item and in our Recognition Book.

Your donations may be tax deductible. Ask for a tax donation letter at the desk.​