Chicago Public Library

Chicago, IL   |   September 22, 2020

About Chicago Public Library

For nearly 150 years, Chicago Public Library (CPL) has been at the heart of Chicago. A place of wonder, exploration and community, CPL welcomes more than 9 million people every year and is among the largest public library systems in the world.

Libraries have been at the forefront of Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration since she took office. The Mayor values libraries as an essential part of the revitalization of neighborhoods. She envisions CPL deeply engaged in the communities of Chicago with close and meaningful relationships between residents and their libraries.

The Opportunity

Mayor Lori Lightfoot is seeking a Commissioner to be the leader and visionary for the next generation of CPL and to impact of the public library space globally. This is a unique moment to shape and drive the path and future impact of the Chicago Public Library.

The Commissioner should have a strong and demonstrable vision for a public library system that embodies each of the Lightfoot Administration’s core values: transparency, diversity, inclusion, equity, accountability and transformation.


Koya has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Alison Ranney, Beth Schaefer and Alison Salisbury are leading this search. To make recommendations or to express your interest in this role please email [email protected]. All nominations, inquiries, and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

Read the full position profile here.