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20 E Maple Street

Hinsdale, IL 60521


  • Monday - Thursday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Holiday Closings

  • Staff Institute Day Friday 11/10/23 (1 PM Opening)
  • Thanksgiving Eve Wednesday 11/22/23 (5 PM Closing)
  • Thanksgiving Day 11/23/23
  • Christmas Eve Sunday 12/24/23
  • Christmas Day Monday 12/25/23
  • New Year’s Eve Sunday 12/31/23
  • New Year's Day Monday 1/1/24
  • Easter Sunday 3/31/24
  • Staff Training Friday 4/19/24
  • Memorial Day Monday 5/27/24
  • Independence Day Thursday 7/4/24
  • Labor Day Monday 9/2/24
  • Thanksgiving Eve Wednesday 11/27/24 (5 PM Closing)
  • Thanksgiving Thursday 11/28/24
  • Christmas Eve Tuesday 12/24/24
  • Christmas Day Wednesday 12/25/24
  • New Year's Eve Tuesday 12/31/24 (1 PM Closing)
  • New Year's Day Wednesday 1/1/25

The People

Emily Borsa

Collection Services Manager

Interests and Projects: Donations & Book Sale, Materials Processing and Shelving

John Kokoris

Marketing, Outreach, & Data Manager

Contact John with questions or concerns about the following:

Press Requests, Displaying or Distributing Materials at the Library

Karen Kleckner Keefe

Executive Director

Contact Karen with questions or concerns about the following:

Library Governance, Library Policies, Library Board of Trustees, Planned Giving, Library Art Program

Katherine Wessel

Office Manager

Contact Katherine with questions or concerns about the following:

Coordinating the public’s use of Library Meeting Rooms & Accounts Payable

Lisa Winchell

Youth & Young Adult Services Manager

Contact Lisa with questions or concerns about the following:

Books, movies, and music for youth and teens

Services and outreach for youth and teens

Lizzy Boden

Adult Services Manager

Contact Lizzy with questions or concerns about the following:

Books, movies, and music for adults, Services, programs and outreach for adults, Digital Media Lab, & notary services.

Martha Kennedy

Patron Services Manager

Contact Martha with questions or concerns about the following:

Billing, Interlibrary Loan, Home Delivery Services, Library Cards


Robert Bell

IT Manager


The History

We celebrate lifelong learning and foster community connections through innovative educational and cultural experiences. 

The Hinsdale Public Library’s dynamic future is a reflection of its long and active history. HPL and its predecessor, the Hinsdale Library Association, have been providing service to Hinsdale residents since 1887.

Hinsdale Library Association: The Hinsdale Library Association was incorporated in 1887 and had 150 paying members and 150 volumes. During the library association’s lifetime (1887-1893) it was housed in various commercial buildings and moved three times.

Hinsdale Public Library: The tax-supported Hinsdale Public Library was created in 1893. Absorbing the collection, assets, and staff of the Library Association, the Public Library opened in August 1893. The Public Library continued the nomadic experience of the Library Association, sharing space with various businesses and relocating six times between 1893 and 1929. The completion of the Memorial Building in 1929 gave the Hinsdale Public Library its first permanent home. (Bakken, 107-8 )

Through the next few decades, the library continued its vital and vigorous growth, causing it to outgrow its space. D.K. Pearsons, one of the directors of the Library Association, donated his home and a portion of his estate to the library, which funded the 1957 addition to the library. (Dugan, 142) The former Pearsons Wing is now home to the Village of Hinsdale offices.

The library again found itself in tight quarters and in need of expansion. In 1988 another addition, on the west side of the Memorial Building, was constructed and the library and the village swapped office spaces in the Memorial Building.

Overall, in its 120-year history the library (Hinsdale Library Association and the Hinsdale Public Library) has moved 11 times, suvived fires, and built two additions. (Bakken,107-8) (Dugan, 176)

Photo of Hinsdale
Library, 1952