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Niles is known as a village where residents enjoy rewarding cultural and artistic experiences throughout the year; residents have access to a full spectrum of opportunities for personal growth and enrichment. Attracting visitors from all over the world, the Bradford Exchange contains a museum displaying all limited-edition collector plates. Plates are beautifully exhibited in a setting complete with indoor garden, rippling stream and stone walkways.

The Library District

The main purpose of the Niles Public Library District is to provide residents with access to information for educational, informational and recreational needs. Our collection is made up of books, magazines, audiovisual materials and other items that will be of interest to the community. NPLD is an integral part of the community it serves and it distinguishes itself by its fast-growing collection of materials of all types. Serving more than 54,000 residents in Niles and parts of unincorporated Des Plaines and Glenview with a collection of approximately 240,000 items, the Library's annual circulation exceeds 690,000 loans each year. The catalog of the entire library collection is computerized and accessible via the Internet. Through membership in the North Suburban Library System and ILLINET (the Illinois Network of Libraries) the Library provides patrons with additional access to millions of items owned by other libraries.

The Niles Historical Museum

The Niles Historical Museum is one of the largest in the area. The building was formerly the Cook County Sheriff's quarters and is the oldest municipal structure in Niles. Replicas, collectibles and display cases, filled with items of yesteryear are some of the treasures to be seen. The Historical Society is open Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:30am. -3:00pm. Tours are scheduled by appointment.

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