family home1Library building will be closed March 17 - May 31

4/28/20 Update:  Per Governor Pritzker's May 1 Executive Order to extend the shelter-at-home order until May 30, the Library building will remain closed through May 31.  A Library Board Meeting will be scheduled in the next two weeks to discuss options for the Library to provide a Curbside Pickup Service. 

While it is hard to imagine not seeing all our friends and neighbors at the Library for such a long time, we hope that everyone is staying healthy at home so we can get together again when it is safe to do so. 

We know this is a challenging time, but the people of Illinois, and Elmwood Park in particular, hold the values of community and family very closely.  As your library family, we want you to know we are here for you in more ways than just a brick and mortar building. We will continue to work from home and serve the community remotely through phone reference, email, digital resources, and virtual programs. Our goal is to keep us all as connected as possible during this time apart.

 Please take advantage of our digital offerings of eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, and other online resources, information (read more below), as well as following us on social media to help keep you connected and engaged. You are also welcome to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions about using any of our resources and other information you may need.


What to know about the Library closing:

  • 24/7 Digital Library - While we are closed we encourage you to utilize the Library's offerings of digital content. See below for more information.
  • Items Due June 3 - Regardless of when we re-open, all currently checked-out physical material have had their due dates changed to June 3. This means we encourage you to keep your material at home until we re-open, and to not return items to the Library's book drops. Any items returned during our closure will not be charged any fines.
  • Holds - Holds will be suspended. Items already at the Library on hold for you will still be waiting for you when we re-open. Other items you have on hold will keep your place in line.
  • ExpandedCardInfo FB PostFines & Expirations - Cards expiring January-June 2020 will be renewed thru July 2020. For the time being, cards with fines under $100 are not blocked, and therefore can be used for all of our digital content.
  • Get a Digital Library Card - If you don't have a library card, you can apply online for a temporary digital library card so that you can access all of our digital resources, including eBooks and databases. 
  • Internet Access - If you need access to the internet, the Library's WiFi network extends to parking spaces behind, directly in front of, and across the street from the building.  Also, Comcast is stepping up to try to help support Americans during this time. Click here to read more about how they might help you, including offering free internet for 60 days for new customers.
  • Programs & Meetings - All in-person programs and meetings are cancelled. Please check our Things to Do White at Home page for updates on virtual library programs.
  • Staff - During this time staff will be working on fine tuning our emergency, safety, and cleaning procedures for when re-open.  We will also continue to do our regular work of ordering books, program planning, and more.
  • Stay Connected -  We want to keep us all as connect as possible during this time apart. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and consider subscribing to our eNewsletter.


Have a question?  We are here for you:

  • Library staff will begin taking questions via phone calls for limited hours starting Monday, March 30.
    Call 708.453.7645
    Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Other questions? Call the Library Director at 708.395.1230.


For more information:

Community Resources  |  News, Updates, & Facts  |  Library's Digital Resources  |  Things to Do While at Home





Use the Library's Digital Resources

You can continue to do online research with the Library's online resources with the Library's online resources, including find news, full-text articles, language learning, homework help, and more.

You are welcome to continue to place holds for books and other physical library material through the SWAN Catalog, but please remember that those holds will not be available for pick-up until after the Library re-opens.

We encourage you to check out eBooks, eAudibooks, and digital magazines for your computers, phones, and tablets at home.  Use one of the links below to get started right away. If you have an iOS or Android device, check out this guide for help, or visit out our Instructional Guides page for more information about our collections and on getting started.

Don't currently have a library card and want to access the Library's digital collections? Click here to get a temporary digital library card while you shelter at home.


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Check out eBooks, eAudiobooks, and even watch some video with OverDrive/Libby.


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Check out eBooks and eAudiobooks with Axis360.


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Read digital magazines on your computer, phone, or tablet with Flipster.


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Read or listen to eBooks and audiobooks online for kids, teens, and adults.


BiblioBoard Library of Illinois
 offers rotating, curated collections of eBooks, images, videos, and more. Content is always available with no waitlists and no library card required.


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Scribd is offering 30 days free with no credit card required. Scribd offers digital books, audiobooks, magazines, documents, and sheet music.


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Infobase has generously given the Elmwood Park Public Library free access to their various collections of online databases and streaming video products until May 15.


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World Book is offering free resources for learning during this time.


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Ancestry Library Edition is now available online while libraries are closed.
 - Find out more about your background with Ancestry. Records from the U. S. Census; military records; court, land and probate records; birth, death, and marriage records; church records; directories; petitions for naturalization; passenger lists, international records, and more are available.

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Community Resources


  • As mentioned above, if you need access to the internet, the Library's WiFi network extends to parking spaces behind, directly in front of, and across the street from the building. 
  • Comcast is stepping up to try to help support Americans during this time. Click here to read more about how they might help you, including offering free internet for 60 days for new customers. 


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  • The Grand Corridor Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Villages of Elmwood Park and River Grove have established a Community Curbside Pick-up Program to allow for easy curbside pick-up of food from your favorite local food establishments while maintaining the safety precautions as prescribed by federal, state, and local officials. Click this link for a list of restaurants offering curbside pick-up or delivery.  Call or check their websites for more information.
  • Parents, visit the District 401's Update Center for information about free Grab-and-Go meals for kids ages 2-18 years old, which will be available during Spring Break. 


Emergency Child Care

  • Information and resources on emergency child care for essential workers, child care providers, and volunteers who want to offer support.



Federal & Illinois Taxes:  The filing date and payment deadlines have been extended until July 15


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Where to get news, updates, and facts

idph logoAs of April 29, the Illinois Department of Public Health has reported 50,355 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, as well as 296 cases in the 60707 zip code.

News & Updates:




Facts about the coronavirus:

Looking for resources for explaining the coronavirus to your kids? Try this freely available book designed specifically for children & their families:

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Feeling sick? Call your doctor directly. And everyone should…

  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cough and sneeze in the crook of your elbow, or a tissue, then throw that tissue in the trash and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • When meeting friends or family, consider hands- & hug-free greetings to minimize exposure.


The most effective way to prevent the spread of germs

According to the CDC, washing your hands is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals.

The CDC recommends you follow these five steps every time.

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Why? Read the CDC’s science behind the recommendations.




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