The Chicago Tribune this week named Elmhurst Public Library one the Chicago area's Top 100 Workplaces for 2012.
This distinction is awarded each November and is determined based solely on employee feedback.
According to the Tribune article, library employees noted the camaraderie, openness to differing opinions and the ability to explore one’s own talents as highlights of their work environment:
“I have the freedom to create my best work. My manager has faith in my professional ability and I don't have to limit myself.”
“I love my job because of the enthusiasm and staff support that prevails. There is a sense of pride in providing excellent customer service to our patrons.”
“It makes me feel that what I do is important and affects others positively.”
“Willing to be flexible with scheduling to allow for the things life throws at you.”
The library was ranked at No. 15 in the "small business" category. It was founded in 1916 and employs 152 people.
In 2013, the library will celebrate 10 years at its 125 S. Prospect location. Modern amenities, such as a drive-up window, self check-in and checkout, a coffee bar, wireless Internet access, teen lounging areas and private study rooms are a far cry from the library's humble beginnings. The library previously was housed in Wilder Mansion since 1922.
Patrons regularly comment on how well informed and helpful the staff is to those in the community, according to a Tuesday press release from the library.
“Our employees are the best part of this organization,” Library Director Mary Beth Campe said in the release. “Every day I look forward to collaborating with my team to provide excellent service to the community.”
The Tribune report also lists companies that did not finish in the top of their categories but met key Top Workplaces standards. Elmhurst's Anderson Pest Solutions was listed in this category. Founded in 1913, Anderson has seven locations and employs 200 people locally.