Celebrating 125 Years of Your Library

On July 4, 1898, Lake Forest Library was chartered by Mayor Gorton and City Council.

Join us in honoring our 125th year! We invite you to ...

  • Save the date for signature celebrations listed below, plus more to come!
  • Dive into digital archives by searching for the phrase "Lake Forest Library."
  • Step back in time and enjoy Then & Now photos and other historical snippets.


Thank you for celebrating our 125th birthday with us!

Lake Forest Library through the Years

Dive into the Archives

Dust off the past by searching in original source archives for the phrase "Lake Forest Library." (Keeping the quotations marks may improve your search results.)

Lake Forester logo


What you can do with it

Search and read issues of the Lake Forester from 1899–1948.

This resource is provided with support from the Friends of Lake Forest Library.

Lake Forester 1995-Present


What you can do with it

Search the Lake Forester from 1995 to present. For earlier content, use the Historical Lake Forester database.

Standing the Test of Time