smartest-cardWhy have a Library Card?

Having a Library card is a powerful resource for information, entertainment, job searching, homework help, and so much more!  With a Library card you have access to:

  • Books & other collections - Check out the usual books, movies, music, magazines, and video games.  We also have Kindles, bike locks, Nintendo DS consoles, WiFi hotspots, bocce sets, portable DVD players, and more.
  • Interlibrary Loan - Is what you want checked out? We can place holds on books and other items that we don’t own. On average it takes about a week, and it's free.
  • Computers & Internet Access - We have plenty of computers to use, free with your Elmwood Park Public Library card.
  • Online Resources for Research & Learning - Get online tutoring. Find full-text articles. Learn a new language. Find recommended reading. Research your family tree. Get career advice. We have a wide variety of online resources on our website that you can use with your Elmwood Park Public Library card.


library card month teentitans2 400wSeptember is National Library Card Signup Month

This year, the Teen Titans encourage you to unleash your superpowers by getting a library card! How do you get one of these powerful library cards? It’s easy.

All you need is a photo ID with your current Elmwood Park address.  That's it! (If your ID does not have your current address, then a second piece of identification will be required.  Click here for more information.

Get or renew a card in September:

This year when you get or renew a card during National Library Card Signup Month, you will be entered into a raffle to win some gift cards or fun prize baskets.

You can register for a new card or renew an expired card by either coming in to the Library or finding us around town at our pop-up registration table. Once a week during September we will be at different locations in town:

  • Wednesday, September 6 • 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    First Security Bank (7315 W Grand Ave.)
  • Monday, September 11 • 9:00-11:00 a.m.
    Panera (7400 W North Ave.)
  • Friday, September 22 • 3:00-5:00 p.m.
    Russell's Barbeque (1621 Thatcher Ave.)
  • Thursday, September 28 • 7:00-8:30 a.m.
    Elmwood Park Metra Station

We hope to see you!


Bonus Power with Your Card: Massa Gelato

As if the power to access books, movies, databases, and more wasn't enough, you can also get gelato!

Stop by Massa Café Italiano (7434 North Ave.) during September 2017, show them your Elmwood Park library card, and receive a free small gelato! (Monday-Thursday only. Limit one per card during promotional period. Cannot be used with other discounts.)


Coffee & Snacks

Additionally, stop by in the morning or afternoon of Monday, September 25 for coffee and snacks to kick off the last week of Library Card Signup Month AND the first day of Banned Books Week!


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