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Freedom of Information Act

Genoa Public Library District is governed by an elected Board of Trustees consisting of seven members.  Trustees serve six-year terms without compensation.  Trustees bear fiduciary responsibility to the taxpayers of Genoa Public Library District.  The Library Director, hired by the Board of Trustees, manages day-to-day operations of the Library.

The Board of Trustees and staff of Genoa Public Library District are committed to our mission of:

The Genoa Public Library supports our community by cultivating personal and intellectual growth.

and achieving our vision to be:

Creating an environment for people to learn, to explore, to enjoy, to create, to connect.


Number of library employees: 3 full-time, 5 part-time


FOIA Policy

The Genoa Public Library District follows the provisions of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.  See the Genoa Public Library's FOIA Policy.


FOIA Requests

An individual may request the information and the records available to the public in the following manner:

Submit a written request which includes the following information:  name, address, date, and a daytime phone number.  The description of the information sought should include sufficient detail so that the library can find the requested records.  Providing as much information as possible will expedite the search process.  Requests may be submitted by mail, personal delivery, or email.

Freedom Of Information Request Form

Requests should be directed to the FOIA officer:

Jennifer Barton, Library Director
(815) 784-2627

Mail requests to:
Genoa Public Library, Attn: FOIA Officer, 240 W Main Street, Genoa, IL 60135

Faxes should be directed to:  Attn: FOIA Officer at (815) 784-4829

Email requests should be directed to:  Attn: FOIA Officer at

Please specify whether the records requested are to be inspected at our office or to be copied.  If you desire that any records be certified, please specify which ones.  If inspected, a Library District employee must be present throughout the inspection.  Records will be made available for inspection by appointment at the address listed above Monday through Thursday 10 am through 5 pm, excluding holidays.

The office will respond to a written request within 5 business days of receipt of the request.  An extension of an additional 5 business days, as allowed by statute, may be necessary to properly respond.  If such an extension is necessary, the Library will notify the requestor in writing of the statutory reasons for the extension and when the requested information will be produced.

A “business day” is a regular day of the week (Monday through Friday).  Saturdays, Sundays, and state holidays are not business days and cannot be counted in the 5 days time period.

If a request if denied, the requestor will be informed in writing.  The denial letter must be in writing and reference a specific legal reason under FOIA to justify the non-disclosure.  The denial must also inform the requestor of the right to seek review of the issue by the Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor, as well as the right to seek judicial review by filing a court case.

Fees for the actual cost of reproducing the requested records will be charged as follows:

For traditional black and white, letter, or legal-sized copies, the first 50 pages are free.

Additional pages are 20 cents each.


Additional Resources

Illinois Attorney General


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