If you know the book or movie you are looking for:
Go to our catalog, type important words from the title and/or author’s name in the search field and hit the SEARCH button or the “enter” key on your computer keyboard. You can also indicate how widely in our consortium you want to search (just an individual library building, both the Winnetka and Northfield buildings, or our consortium of over 20 libraries) and you can specify if you want to do a special kind of search using the drop-down menu.
After you get a list of different items, click on the title to find out whether the item is checked out. The information about which libraries own the book and whether it is on the shelf is on the left. Collection and call number information are listed there and you can find out what other libraries may have an item on shelf. A Librarian can help you find it, or you can call the Library and ask for the book to be put aside for you.
If the book is listed as checked out, you can click on the “Place a Hold” button to request that we try to borrow it from another library. You will need the barcode from your library card to place a hold on an item. The default password is the word ‘patron’, which it is highly recommended that you change after you’ve created an account.
If you want a personalized suggestion for a book or movie:
Fill out the following form with details of what you have read and loved, and we’ll find more books or movies that you’re sure to enjoy:
If you are looking for a specific newspaper or magazine article
We have the full text of many magazines and newspapers available through subscription resources purchased specifically for our patrons. If you are looking for an article from the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, or the Wall Street Journal, each of those has its own page where you can look for the article you need. Articles from some more specialized magazines can be found in InfoTrac OneFile.
If you want to browse a magazine on your device or computer
The Library subscribes to several magazines that are updated weekly or monthly (depending on the subscription) on Zinio. For more information on getting started with Zinio, view our Quick Start Guide,
The library has a free app that is available in several app stores including the Apple App Store and the Google Play store. You can Read our guide (1.7 MB PDF) about using the app to find out more.
The Winnetka-Northfield Public Library District makes its Winnetka Library Lloyd Room and Northfield Community Room available as “designated and limited forums” for meetings and programs conducted by not-for-profit groups on subjects of educational, civic or cultural interest whose members are primarily from Winnetka, Northfield, Kenilworth, and nearby communities. Neither the Library nor the Board sponsors or endorses these events or the presenting individuals or organizations. The meeting rooms are available free of charge on an equitable first-come, first-served basis regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of those requesting their use.
The meeting rooms are available for use for non-commercial purposes providing there is no scheduling conflict with a different program.
Please select your desired dates and times with this reservation form to submit a request for use of the Winnetka Lloyd Room or Community Room, or the Northfield Community Room. If you prefer to submit a paper request please download and print this form.
Please refer to the complete meeting room policy.
If you need to renew a book, there are several ways that you can do this without coming to the Library in person.
- You can call the Library at (847) 446-7220 and the Circulation staff will be happy to process a renewal request on your behalf.
- You can login to your library account and renew books in the catalog.
If you can find an item that you want in our catalog, the easiest way to request that we get an item for you that we do not own is to press the “Place Hold” button. After you put in your library card number and password (‘patron’ if you haven’t changed it), your request will be in our system.
In some cases placing a hold in the catalog is not possible, and in such a case (or if you just have difficulty using the catalog) you can always give us a call at (847) 446-7220 and ask us to get the item for you.
If we don’t own an item and we cannot borrow it from a library in our shared catalog, we will try our best to get it from another library in Illinois. You can come to the Library and request any item that interests you or you can fill out our request form. Sometimes there is a fee to borrow items from other libraries. If so, you will be notified of the fee before we order the item.
If you can’t find an item in our catalog, and we cannot find it at another library in Illinois through Interlibrary Loan, fill out the form below and we might be able to add it to our collection
Most residents of Winnetka, Northfield, and Kenilworth are entitled to a Library Card. Bring one piece of state issued identification showing both name and current address to the circulation desk at either the Main Library or Northfield Branch and you can get a card. Read more about getting your library card here.
If you live outside of the Winnetka-Northfield Public Library District and are not served by another library, you may purchase a card at the library nearest your residence.
To see what items you have currently checked out, go to the My Account link at the top of the page. You will be asked for your library card number and password (which if you haven’t changed it is the word ‘patron’).