About Us

For announcements and current happenings, see Library News.

Freedom of Information Act Policy and Requests

 The Bradley Public Library Board of Trustees has appointed Library Director Jodie DePatis as the FOIA Officer.

Alternate FOIA Officer is Marie Cowden, Technical and Circulation Services Coordinator.

A revised FOIA policy has been approved by the Bradley Public Library District Board of Trustees at their regular meeting on June 18, 2014.   The approved policy, request form, and organizational chart are posted below.  Paper copies may also be obtained at the Bradley Public Library on 296 N. Fulton Ave, Bradley. 

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Friends of the Bradley Public Library

The Friends of the Bradley Public Library shall be a non-profit organization whose object shall be to promote the interest and support the programs of the Bradley Public Library as a cultural, educational, and recreational asset to the Village of Bradley, IL.

Members: All individuals and organizations interested in the purpose of this organization shall be eligible to membership upon payment of dues.  Each member shall be entitled to one vote.  All membership dues shall be paid annually $5 Individual, $10 Family and $25 Business.

Meetings: The Friends of the Bradley Public Library will meet at least quarterly and meeting dates will be determined by the group.  The members present at any meeting of the membership shall constitute a quorum.

Steering Committee:  A steering committee represented by 2-5 members and including a library trustee shall guide the activity of the group.

Funds: Funds raised by the Friends of the Bradley Library shall be deposited into the account of the Bradley Public Library and shall be disbursed by the Director as it is seen fit.

Be A Friend....

Support programs and purchase equipment that the library could not otherwise afford on its regular budget.

Work to maintain active and visible support of the Bradley Public Library through community activities.

Volunteer to help the professional staff conduct used book sales, author visits, summer reading, and other services to library patrons.

Please stop into the Bradley Public Library to fill out a Membership Application and submit yearly dues.

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Job Openings

 

Bradley Public Library is accepting resumes for the following positions:

There are no positions currently open.

 

Our Services for You

Your Library Card

Library cards are provided free of charge to all residents of our district, as part of your tax-supported library services. Your card gives you borrowing privileges here and at most public libraries in Illinois, access to special online resources, and more. Click here to learn how to get a library card.

Interlibrary Loan

If you need a book, DVD, or other item that we don't have, ask us to borrow it from another library for you.  All of the Kankakee area libraries share the same card catalog so it is easy to borrow materials from all of them.  If we don't have an item on our shelves, we can request that it be sent to us from another library for free.  In fact, you may also return any Kankakee or PrairieCat library book to Bradley Public Library and it will be checked in and returned to its rightful library.

After-Hours Pick-Up Lockers

We provide lockers so you can pick-up your materials when we are not open.  This service is currently limited to items on hold that are already available for pick-up.  Click here for a more detailed description of this service.

Programs and Events

We have a regular schedule of educational and cultural events for all ages. See our calendar for details.

Computers

The library offers 24 computers open to the public with Internet access and Microsoft Office products.  The library also offers free WiFi access to laptop users.  Everyone who uses a library computer must follow our policy regarding computer and Internet use.

Photocopiers and Fax Machine

Photocopier ($0.15/page B&W, $0.30/page Color for 8" 1/2" x 11" Letter and 8/12" x 14" Legal size;  $0.25/page B&W, $0.50/page Color for 11" x 17" Oversized)  Fax Machine ($1.00/page).

Notary Public Services and Exam Proctoring

The library offers notary services to the public and will proctor exams.  Please contact the library for further information about these services by calling 815-932-6245. 

Community/Meeting Room

Any group wishing to use the Community Room must agree to follow our Library Policy.

The application for the Community Room can be found HERE.

History of the Library

The Bradley Public Library was origanally founded in 1935 as a W.P.A. project.

In 1942, the W.P.A. withdrew its support, but the library was kept going with community support and by 1944 the library was able to operate as a tax-supported institution.

In 1959, the library moved to a newly erected building at 422 West Broadway and housed a collection of 9,355 books and 56 periodicals.

A 12,000 sq. ft. new library was completed and dedicated at 296 N. Fulton Ave. on June 23, 1985, bringing Bradley the most up-to-date equipment and a collection of 31,399 books, 265 videos, and 1,442 recordships.

Today, the library offers a continually growing collection of books for all ages on a wide range of topics.  Over 170+ different magazine subscriptions are also available for checkout.  We honor all area public library cards and have 24/7 access to our online catalog.

We offer free high-speed Internet access and Microsoft Office on 19 computers complimented by free monthly computer classes.  We are even a community Wi-Fi hotspot.  Bradley Public Library meets community multimedia needs with hundreds of DVD's videos, and audiobooks.

Volunteer Opportunities

The library has several volunteer opportunities, including Homebound Delivery, book sales, and library events.  Call 815-932-6245 for more information.

Illinois State Library Services

The Illinois State Library provides you with services directly, through us, and in cooperation with other agencies.