About Us

The Village of Robbins, home to 4,629 residents, is nestled in the vibrant Chicago Southland region. For 50 years, the William Leonard Public Library has been a cornerstone of the community, providing invaluable services and fostering a love of learning and culture.

We pride ourselves on offering responsive, personal service in a welcoming environment. Our library features comfortable seating with easy access to Wi-Fi and electrical outlets, versatile study areas, and meeting spaces that accommodate both individuals and groups. Our innovative programs are designed to inspire and educate, making us a leader in community engagement and lifelong learning.



The Historic Village of Robbins: Since 1917

Established in 1917 by formerly enslaved individuals and their descendants who moved north during the Great Migration, Robbins is recognized as the oldest predominantly Black town in the Chicago area. The town’s first residents were drawn by the promise of stable jobs in the industrial and factory sectors along the Calumet River.

From 1930 to 1933, Robbins hosted the first airport in the United States owned and operated by African Americans. This airport was also the only flight school at the time where African Americans could train as pilots, and it served as an inspiration for the Tuskegee Airmen Program during World War II. Many distinguished African American pilots took flight from this historically significant, yet now forgotten, airport.


Our Mission & Vision

The mission of the William Leonard Public Library is to serve and enhance the informational, educational, cultural, and recreational needs of all members of the Robbins community. We offer access to professional staff, a state-of-the-art facility, and high-quality materials, programs, and services. Committed to wise and ethical resource management, we strive to support our diverse community and foster a lifelong love of reading and learning for everyone.


Get Involved

The William Leonard Public Library stands as a cherished community cornerstone, offering a warm and inclusive space for learning, discovery, and civic engagement. Committed to promoting literacy, fostering intellectual curiosity, and supporting lifelong learning, the library continues to be an invaluable resource for the residents of Robbins and the surrounding areas.


1234 Divi St. #1000
San Francisco, CA 39325
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Library Hours

Thurs – Sat : 10am – 6pm
Sun : Closed
Mon – Wed : 10am – 8pm

Contact Us

(235) 462-4623



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