S. 5th Avenue
Phone: 708-343-1847 Fax:
Mon. and Wed. 9 a.m. to 9 pm.
Tues., Thurs. & Sat. 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The Library is closed on Fridays and
Videotapes are free;
DVDs are $1.
The Maywood Public Library is
governed by a seven-member board. Members are elected
by the public to a six-year term and elect their own
officers bi-annually. The Board meets eleven times
annually on the first Wednesday at the Library at 6:30 p.m.
There is no meeting in August.
The first Maywood Public
Library building was built in 1905 with money donated by
Andrew Carnegie. It is a member of the Metropolitan
Library System, a consortium of 200 libraries that exchanges
books. The Maywood Library has 90,000 books. The
collection includes circulating fiction and non-fiction plus
reference works for in-library use, for both adults and
children. The Library has 5,000 videotapes available
for rent at $1 for three nights. The Library also has
an extensive Black History Collection, located throughout
the building. These books can be identified by red
labels on the spines. Special Index tables house the
African-American Reference Collection on the library's third
floor. The Library has a wide range of Spanish
language materials also housed on the third floor.
The Library subscribes to
approximately 95 periodicals. Microfilm copies back to
1950 are kept of Newsweek and U.S. News & World
Report. Copies of the Maywood Herald on microfilm date
back to the 19th Century. Proviso East High School
yearbooks, dating back to 1916, are available on microfilm.
The Library keeps back copies for three months of three
Chicago daily newspapers, as well as USA Today, the Wall
Street Journal, and Crain's Chicago Business; Sunday-only
issues of the New York Times are also kept on file for three
The Library has a
specially-equipped computer and printer for the Blind.
Library patrons have access to
a photo copy machine, typewriters and computers.
Copies of microfilm material can be made on a microfilm
reader-printer for ten cents each. A fax machine is
available; the cost is $1.50 for each page. The
Library is accessible for the disabled.
Program for children include
story times, summer reading clubs, and specially scheduled