Naperville’s Nichols Library – What You Need To Know

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Nichols Library Hours

  • Monday through Friday 9:00am to 9:00pm
  • Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Sunday 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Location & Phone

  • 200 W Jefferson Ave, Naperville, IL 60540
  • (630) 961-4100

General Services

Nichols Library offers a lower floor children’s section with a children’s computer lab within it.  There is a great play area where kids can work on puzzles, play with puppets and toys, or read books. The library usually has a craft project available for children to do, which makes the library a great place to spend a rainy day, or any day when you want to find something productive for your child to do. The lower level also houses the adult computer lab, a large meeting room, copy machine, and an area with tables an vending machines. Free Wi-Fi is also available throughout the library.

The upper level houses the adult book and young adult sections, and includes a quiet reading room and access to copy machines. There is also a large selection of DVDs and CDs on this level, as well as free tax forms and tax booklets when tax season approaches. In the lobby of the upper level, there is an ongoing book sale, where you may purchase books, movies, and CDs no longer in use by the library, for very little cost. This is a great way to expand your home library collection without breaking the bank.

I have attended some very interesting programs at Nichols Library, and my daughter loved the children’s programs when she was younger. It is a fun place to spend an afternoon playing , and checking out books and movies to bring home and enjoy.


The Naperville Public Library began with a man named James Lawrence Nichols, whom the Nichols Library is named after. Nichols served as principal of the public schools of Naperville in the 1800’s, and was appointed Principal of the Commercial Department of the College at North Central College in 1883. He was also a successful businessman, who upon his death in 1895 left $10,000 to the city of Naperville for the purpose of establishing a library for the community.

The original Nichols Library was originally located at 110 Washington Street. When it first opened it’s doors on September 22, 1898, the library began with 500 volumes to serve it’s 2,200 residents. As Naperville continued to grow and expand, it was evident that we needed a much larger building.

In 1986, the “new” Nichols Library was built at its current location in downtown Naperville at 200 W. Jefferson Avenue. The library is a 63,300 square foot facility that opened its doors with 143,191 books, as well as other audio-visual materials and periodicals.  Soon after the opening, plans were made to expand the library even further, adding two more locations, one in southeast and one in southwest Naperville.


This article was contributed by Your Naperville community member, Christy L. Foust. You can write for us, too.

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