we are open1Both the Kids & Teens and Adult Services departments are open!

The Library building is now open to the public with limited hours & services.  Read more details below about:

Our first priority is ensuring the safety of our patrons and staff.  We will be following public health guidelines from the Restore Illinois plan and the Center for Disease Control. Please be aware that our plan may change at any time based on new information or directives from the State. We greatly appreciate your patience and support as we navigate this new phase.

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 Current Library & Curbside Hours as of September 8

book shelves1 500wHours the Library is open for At-Risk Populations:
Wednesday:  9-11 a.m.

Hours the Library is open for All Patrons:
Monday:  9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tuesday:  9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Wednesday:  11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday:  9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday:  9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday:  9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday:  Closed

Keep reading below for what services are currently available for visits inside the Library. 

 

 

drive up1Curbside Pickup Hours (click here for more details):
Monday:  9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday:  9:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday:  9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Thursday:  9:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Friday:  9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday:  Closed

 

 

Limited Services Available

Yes, Come In!

With safety precautions in place, the Library is open for browsing, computer use, and more.  Keep reading to find out what is currently available. We hope to see you soon!

 

Browsing the Collection

  • Adult and Kids & Teens - The book, DVD, audiobook, CD, and video game collections are now open for browsing in both departments. 
  • The magazine & newspaper collections remain closed. If you would like a magazine, please ask staff for assistance.

 

Computer Use

appointment1 400wPlease note that fewer computers are available to allow for safety and social distancing.

  • Computer sessions are available in both Adult Services and Kids & Teens:
    • Computers are available for one, 90 minute session each day.
    • No appointment is needed.
    • Computers are available to both residents and non-residents.
  • Computer printing - If you just need to print, but have a computer or device available at home, we highly encourage you to continue to make use of our free wireless printing through Curbside Pickup for now, rather than use the computers at the Library.
  • Tech assistance - Only limited in-person tech assistance will be available due to social distancing guidelines.
  • Use your laptop or tablet in a designated laptop seating area. 

WiFi - Don't forget, if you are uncomfortable coming inside the building, the Library's WiFi network extends to parking spaces behind, directly in front of, and across the street from the building.

 

Copy Machine Use

photocopier2The copy machines in Adult Services will be available for use, and offer:

  • Copying - $0.10 a page for black & white, $0.25 a page for color
  • Scanning to USB or email - Free

 

Faxing

Faxing will be available at the Circulation Desk:

  • All Illinois area codes and Toll free numbers cost $1.00 per page.
  • Out of state phone numbers cost $2.00 per page.
  • International phone numbers cost $3.00 per page.

 

Library Cards

  • You may apply for a new Elmwood Park library card at the Circulation Desk. Please make sure to bring a photo ID with your Elmwood Park address on it.  Click here for more information about library cards.
  • You may renew your library card.  Please note that all Library cards that expired between January 1, 2020 through September 7, 2020 were renewed until September 8, 2020.
  • You may pay off any preexisting fines you may have. As staff prefer not to handle cash at this time, please bring a credit card if you are able.
  • We can help you at the Circulation Desk if you have other questions about your account, but we encourage you to call the Library at 708.453.7645 to ask questions instead.

 

Reference Questions, Placing Holds, & Checking Out Material

  • While our collections are now open for browsing and checkout, we encourage you to continue to place holds through the SWAN Online Catalog or by calling us, and make use of our Curbside Holds Pickup Service.
  • Reference Questions & Placing Holds - We encourage you to continue to call us at 708.453.7645 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to ask questions and place holds.
  • Delivery between SWAN libraries has resumed, which means you can start placing holds on material owned by other libraries. Please note that at this time not all SWAN libraries are sending out material. 
  • Self Checkout machine in the main lobby is now available.

 

 

Services Not Available:

  • General Seating - Most seating has been removed for now, as we encourage you to limit your stay.
  • Study & Meeting Room Usage - Study and meeting rooms remain closed to individuals and groups until further notice.
  • In-house Programs - In-house programs have been suspended for now. Please check our online calendar for a list of our virtual programs and Carry-Out Kits.
  • Activities - Toys, iPads, coloring sheets, and play areas are currently unavailable in Kids & Teens.

 

 

Returning Material 

  • book drop1Please return all items (except large specialty items) to the materials return slots in the front of the building or drive-thru in the rear.  Large specialty items (such as Beyond Books and Explore-to-Go Kits) that do not fit in the material return slots can be returned to a designated bin in the Lobby during open hours.

  • For staff safety, please do not hand books and DVDs to staff members, as all items must immediately go into quarantine.

 

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Why are we quarantining material?  The REALM Project has been conducting research on how long the COVID-19 virus survives on materials that are prevalent in libraries, archives, and museums. The most recent results found that on stacked material (which is how the Library quarantines material due to space issues), trace amounts of the the virus can be found after 6 days. This means that for staff safety we will quarantine items for 7-10 days. RAILS, which handles all inter-library deliveries, has also required all libraries to quarantine material for at least 7 days before they will pick up items for delivery.

 

 

For Your Safety

If you feel unwell, we ask that you not visit in person.

temp takingEntering the Building - A staff member at the entrance will be in charge of limiting building capacity, as well as ensuring our safety requirements are being met:

  • With a limited capacity, you may need to wait until another patron leaves before you can enter.
  • Your temperature will be taken, and those with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher will not be allowed into the building.
  • Masks
    • All patrons over 2 years old will be required to wear a face mask while in the building.
    • For those medically unable to wear a mask, the Library will try its best to make reasonable accommodations. If you are unable to wear a mask, please contact us and let us know what you need, so that we may best serve you.
  • Children under the age of 11 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

mask wearing1 400wInside the Building

  • We encourage you to try to keep your visits brief, to around 2 hours at most:
    • 30 minutes for browsing the collection
    • 90 minutes for computer use 
    You must keep your mask on at all times while inside the building.
  • Please maintain social distancing of 6 feet.
  • While visiting, practice good hygiene such as hand-washing and avoiding touching your face.
  • Food and drinks will not be allowed.
  • Plexiglas dividers will be in place at all service desks.
  • High-touch spaces and surfaces will frequently be cleaned throughout the day. 
  • Only limited in-person tech assistance will be available due to social distancing guidelines.
  • Children under the age of 11 years old must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • Restrooms are limited to 2 people or one family at a time.

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We will continuously evaluate our ability to maintain a safe, healthy environment for staff and patrons. These expectations are subject to change as needed.

  

Ways to Limit Your Time in the Library

We understand that many feel uncomfortable visiting the Library at this time. Here are some of things we can offer to help:

  • The Library’s WiFi is available outside the building with no password.  We also have Chromebook Laptops and WiFi Hotspots for checkout.
  • All Library items automatically renew up to 2 times if there is no hold on the item.
  • All EPPL items continue to not accrue fines for now. 
  • Library staff members are happy to put together a collection of books or other items for you to check out so you don’t have to come in and browse. Fill out these forms for Adults or for Kids & Teens
  • If a family member or friend is available to pick up your holds, they can do so. It’s best if you call ahead and add them to your account.

 

Other Ways to Enjoy the Library from Home

 

Questions or comments? Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 708.453.7645.

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