The Heartland Institute Unveils Midwest’s Best Library on Freedom and Limited Government

Published April 29, 2016

Arlington Heights Mayor Thomas Hayes Opens The Michael Parry Mazur Library at The Heartland Institute with Public Event

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL – On Wednesday, May 4, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., The Heartland Institute, a free-market think tank, will announce the grand opening of the Michael Parry Mazur Library with an event open to the press and the public.

Arlington Heights Mayor Thomas Hayes will be on hand to speak at the opening, as will John Mazur, brother of the late Michael Parry Mazur. Heartland Institute President Joseph Bast and Executive Editor Diane Bast will also be in attendance to talk about the organization’s decades-long work to compile the largest collection of books in the Midwest on public policy and political philosophy that advance liberty.

WHAT: Grand Opening of the Michael Parry Mazur Library at The Heartland Institute

WHO: Arlington Heights Mayor Thomas Hayes; John Mazur; Joseph Bast and Diane Bast of The Heartland Institute.

WHERE: The Heartland Institute, 3939 North Wilke Road, Arlington Heights, Illinois

WHEN: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

COST: Free. The press and the public can register here.

For more information about the library and attending the event, contact Donald Kendal at [email protected] or 312/377-4000.

The Heartland Institute is a national nonprofit organization founded in Chicago in 1984. It moved to its headquarters in Arlington Heights, Illinois in August 2015. Its mission is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems.

About the Collection

The Michael Parry Mazur Library holds nearly 10,000 books on economics, education, environment issues, health care policy, and other topics. This collection will be of special interest to students and scholars studying economics and political science, elected officials and members of their staffs, and concerned citizens.

The library contains books and journals unlikely to be found in public or even university libraries. Featured authors include William F. Buckley, Whittaker Chambers, Milton Friedman, Friedrich Hayek, Ayn Rand, Murray Rothbard, Ludwig von Mises, and Richard Weaver.

Public Access

A searchable database of the library catalogue is available here. The library is open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. There is no admission fee, but visitors are asked to call first. The library is not, at this time, a lending library. Patrons can use study space, wi-fi, copiers, and printers while visiting the library. Duplicate copies of some books in the collection are available for sale, and information about donating books to the collection can be found at Heartland’s website for the library.

About Michael Parry Mazur

Michael Parry Mazur graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he earned a Ph.D. in economics. He was a staff economist at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in Washington, DC serving under Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. Dr. Mazur passed away in 1987.