COVID-19 Information

To prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the Library will be closed until further notice.  Please see below to learn about assistance during this time.


Remote Assistance Available: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

  • Ask a Librarian: Email
  • Chat with a Librarian: Click "Get Help Now" in the bottom right corner of the screen.
  • Text a Librarian: Send a text to 708-284-8433

Closure Information

Library Materials

  • All items are now due Friday, May 1, 2020. 
  • No fines will accrue on overdue items.
  • Please keep all checked out items until their due date.
  • If needed, return items in the book drop to the right of the Grand Blvd doors; the book return on Lincoln Avenue is closed). 
  • All holds will be suspended during this time. Your hold isn't cancelled, it just won't be filled until the Library re-opens.
  • RAILS (the regional library system) has suspended all inter-library loan deliveries system-wide.

Library Events 

  • All classes and events (including room reservations) are cancelled/postponed.
  • The Library Board meeting on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 has been cancelled. 

Available Resources 
While the Library is closed, take advantage of our 24/7 online resources and downloads.  

Get a Library Card
Need access to our online resources but don't have a library card yet? Throughout the closure, email with your name, address and phone number library staff can set you up with a temporary access card.


Internet Access
Comcast is offering 60 days free in-home, high-speed Internet access for low-income households. Additionally, all XFINITY WiFi Hotspots will be free and open for anyone. Please visit to learn more about Comcast Internet Essentials.


COVID-19 Resources and Information 


Global and National Information  

Illinois Information  

Local Information 


How to Protect Yourself and Others 

According to the CDC

  • Wash your hands often, with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. View the CDC's video here.  
  • If washing your hands is not an option, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 
  • Avoid touching your mouth, eyes, and nose. 
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick. 
  • Stay home if you feel sick. 
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes, and immediately wash your hands afterwards. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently used surfaces. 

View the CDC's full prevention guide here