To be a leader in providing diverse cultural, educational, and information resources and opportunities for the community
Inform, Inspire, Innovate!
Read the Library's Diversity Statement.
Land Acknowledgement Statement
View the Library's Land Acknowledgement Statement.
Stance Against Racism
Read the resolution affirming the Library's United Stance Against Racism.
StaffKimberly Coughran, Library Director Christy Eyre, Assistant Director & Information Services Manager Carlee Landis, Youth Services Manager Jim Berg, Circulation Manager Yesennia Ruiz, Technical Services
History of the Library
The Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library was founded in 1914 as a result of the efforts of the Brookfield Woman's Club. The residents of the Village approved a referendum in that year for the operation of the Library with funding for the original building provided through a grant from Mr. Andrew Carnegie. In 1986, the original building was razed, and a new structure was built. The interior of that Library, including the basement, was completely remodeled in 1999, and refurbished in 2010 to offer 13,500 square feet of space. The Library celebrated its centennial birthday in 2014.
Library services have changed dramatically in the last few decades to include offering Internet access to the public in 1997, wireless access in 2004, laptop loans inside and outside the Library in 2007 and 2010, respectively, and WiFi hotspots in 2017. The Library prides itself on staying at least one step ahead of community members by offering cutting edge services including gaming, 3D printing and other maker technologies.
Through a combination of its own savings, a successful capital campaign which included a transformational $1 million gift, and a small loan from a local lender, the Library was fortunate enough to begin construction on a brand new 21,000 square foot Library facility on April 13, 2020. Construction was completed in June 2021 and the new facility celebrated its Grand Opening on Saturday, July 31, 2021.