Wheeling’s best-kept secret is the main branch of the Indian Trails Public Library. Located only a five minute drive from ONE, the library is the perfect place for book lovers to get their fix. But there is so much more to the Indian Trails Public Library than just their fantastic reading selection.
The library reopened in April 2017 after extensive renovation and expansion efforts. The library’s revamping responded to the needs of the community — the main branch serves a ten mile radius, spanning from Wheeling to Prospect Heights to Buffalo Grove to Arlington Heights. In April, a stunning exterior opened its doors to unveil 3D printing and even a drive-up window.
15,000 additional square footage introduced new spaces, including private study rooms and increased programming space. The Launch Pad makerspace was also a new addition, featuring 3D printers and laser cutters alongside a digital media lab with sound recording equipment and green screen.
The library originally opened back in 1858 with the aid of the Wheeling Women’s Club. Coming from humble beginnings, the library now features a Kidzone, middle school and high school specific-spaces with programming and a wide array of other events. For kids of all ages, there’s homework help available and an ESL Lab offers language assistance for those in need.
At the Indian Trails Public Library, you can also rent a meeting room, make an appointment with a librarian for all kinds of help (including resume reviews) and take part in regular gatherings like Writer’s Workshop or Crochet & Knitting Club.
The Indian Trails Public Library is just one participant in the vibrant community in Wheeling. Living at ONE puts you right in the heart of a warm neighborhood with so much to offer.
The Main Branch of the Indian Trails Public Library District is located at 355 Schoenbeck Road. They are open Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 9 PM, Saturday 9 AM – 5 PM and Sunday 12 – 5 PM.