The purpose of the Wauconda Area Library is to provide and promote a variety of library resources and services in response to the informational, educational, cultural, and recreational needs of both the residential and business communities. In order to ensure the highest quality in achieving this purpose, the Library will utilize current technology and a courteous, well trained staff. The Library will provide a comfortable, attractive environment, easy access to its resources, and will actively promote its presence and services, encouraging input from the community and measuring performance at regular intervals.
The library received the prestigious Distinguished Building Award in 1998 from the American Institute of Architects because of the building's lively, animated quality.
The Wauconda Area Library was named Library of the Year in 2005 by the North Suburban Library System (NSLS), a consortium of 650 academic, public, school, and special libraries in north suburban Cook, Kane, Lake and McHenry Counties. The NSLS announcement states, "The Library of the Year Award is presented to one library in NSLS in recognition of its contributions to the development of the NSLS library community. The Wauconda Area Public Library District has won this award because, while it has long been a good example in the community, this year the library has taken its unique mix of community focus, creativity, and collaboration to the next level of service excellence. The Wauconda Area Public Library District is 'the little library that DOES!' The staff and administration are active contributors to system-wide and statewide projects."