The library has gathered the histories of our communities together online. Burr Ridge, Darien, and Willowbrook have their own pages with articles about historical people, places, and events. Through partnerships with the Darien Historical Society, the Flagg Creek Heritage Society, and the Village of Willowbrook, the library has also created digital collections of historical images on Flickr, Historypin and Pinterest. If you have any historic photos you would like to share, contact Mary Krekelberg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone the Ask Us Desk at 630/887-8760 ext. 240.






  • IPPL Local History Blog: Visit the Burr Ridge, Darien, and Willowbrook pages to discover their unique and interesting histories.

  • Flickr: From Indian Prairie's Flickr photostream, view sets of historical photos.

  • Historypin: Click on an image, and then click on Street View to see "then and now" views of places.

  • Pinterest: View historical photos on IPPL's Local History Boards.

  • Obituary Index, 1972-: Searchable index of obituaries for people who resided in or whose funeral services were held in Burr Ridge, Darien and Willowbrook. The index is updated throughout the year and published online annually.
  • Veterans History Project: Read over one hundred interviews recorded from area veterans as part of the Veterans History Project.

  • Local History Interviews: Listen to interviews of long-time residents to see how the community has changed and grown.