Please note that the two larger study rooms in Adult Services are out of service until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience.
In the meantime, adults are welcome to use the study rooms in Kids & Teens until 3 p.m.


Phased Library Reopening Plans

book bag1Phase 1 - May 26:  Curbside Holds Pickup Service while the building remains closed

While the Library building remains closed for now, the Library has begun offering a contact-free Curbside Holds Pickup Service. 

You are once again be able to check out and place holds on books, magazines, DVDs, Blu-rays, video games, CDs, Wi-Fi hotspots, Chromebook laptops, and other library material owned by the Elmwood Park Public Library. Then once you are notified, you can pick up your items outside of the building.

Click here to learn more about the details of our Curbside Holds Pickup Service.



family home1Phase 2 - July 13:  Library Reopening with Limited Hours & Services

When will the library building reopen? We are cautiously planning on reopening the Library for limited hours and services beginning Monday, July 13

Our first priority with reopening 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.

Click here to learn more about the details of our Limited Reopening starting July 13.


What's Next

Looking ahead, as we navigate successfully through these phases, we plan to slowly open up more spaces and services. 

  • August 3 - We hope to open up the collection spaces in Adult Services for browsing.
  • August 3 - We hope to open up the Kids & Teens to browsing and services. 
  • August 12 - Delivery between SWAN libraries is scheduled to resume, which means you will be able to start placing holds on material owned by other libraries.
  • Plans may change based on state and local health recommendations.

We know this has been a challenging time, but we thank you for your continued patience and support.

Please continue to take advantage of our digital offerings of eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, and other online resources, as well as following us on social media to help keep you connected and engaged.


Have a question?  We are here for you:

  • Library staff are taking questions and placing holds on library material:
         Call 708.453.7645
         Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. - 6 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.


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.
  • Returning Material & Fine Free for Now - You can now return material to the library through the materials return slots in the front of the building, as well as with the drive-thru in the back of the building. Please note that due to our quarantine process, items you return to the library may remain checked out to you for up to 10 days before getting checked in. While we are quarantining material, we will be checking in all material as fine-free.  
  • Holds - Previous holds from other libraries continue to be suspended until August 12, when delivery between SWAN libraries will resume.
  • ExpandedCardInfo FB PostPre-existing Fines -  For the time being, cards with fines under $100 are not blocked, and therefore can be used for all of our digital content, as well as placing new holds on material for Curbside Holds Pickup.
  • Library Card Expirations - Cards that were set to expire between January 2020 - September 7, 2020 will be automatically renewed thru September 8, 2020.
  • 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. Note: temporary digital cards cannot be used for our Curbside Holds Pickup Service.
  • 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.
  • 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.


For more information:

Community Resources  |  News, Updates, & Facts  |  Library's Digital Resources 


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Use the Library's Digital Resources

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

With our Curbside Holds Pickup Service, you can now place holds on books, magazines, DVDs, Blu-rays, video games, CDs, and Wi-Fi hotspots owned by the Elmwood Park Public Library through the SWAN Online Catalog.

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.


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


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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. 


grand corridor chamber2 cropRestaurants & Food

  • 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.


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 logoConfirmed Cases

Illinois - As of June 26, the Illinois Department of Public Health has reported 140,291 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, with 6,847 deaths, and a recovery rate of 94%. 

60707 - The WBEZ & The Chicago Reporter zip code lookup tool reports that there have been a total of 808 confirmed cases in the 60707 zip code area.

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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