Cook Memorial Library (Libertyville, Illinois)
Ansel B. Cook Home
|Location||413 N. Milwakee Ave., Libertyville, Illinois|
|Area||less than one acre|
|Architect||Cook, Ansel B.|
|Architectural style||Classical Revival|
|NRHP Reference #||01000867|
|Added to NRHP||August 16, 2001|
The Cook Memorial Library, also known as the Ansel B. Cook House, is a historic house museum in Libertyville, Illinois, United States. It was built as a Victorian house for contractor and politician Ansel B. Cook in 1878. In his will Cook donated the home to be used as a public library, although it remained for many years the residence of Cook's longer-lived widow. After Emily Barrows Cook's death, the building received a major Neoclassical renovation that converted it into a library, opening to the public in 1921.
By the 1960s the library had outgrown the space available, and voters approved a referendum to construct a new library. The new facility of what is now the Cook Memorial Public Library District opened directly behind the Cook House in 1968.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
- "The Ansel B. Cook House". Libertyville–Mundelein Historical Society. Retrieved 2012-12-31.
- Pantle, Gabriella (February 2012). "Cook Memorial Library History" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-12-31.