Library Updates

The Winnetka-Northfield Public Library District is CLOSED due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Updated Tuesday, April 1

In keeping with Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s recent announcement to extend Illinois’ stay-at-home order, our District will remain closed until at least May 1.

The due dates of all materials will be extended through June 1. We ask that patrons please hold onto their materials until we reopen.

Updated Monday, March 23

It’s important to us that the community has access to our expansive digital library during this unprecedented time. In addition to bolstering our digital resources, we have taken the following steps to increase access to our community:

  • All library cards that have expired (from Sept. 1, 2019) have been reactivated, so patrons can access our digital library. The new expiration date will be June 29, 2020.
  • Don’t have a library card? No problem! You can apply for one online here and receive a temporary library card number. This will allow you to access our digital library which includes eBooks, eAudiobooks, digital magazines, streaming media services, and much more.

Questions?

Though we may be physically closed, we are virtually open and happy to help. Email any questions to our librarians at eref@winnetkalibrary.org.

Updated Monday, March 16

For the safety of both staff and patrons we have decided to suspend holds pickups at the Winnetka Library, effective Monday, March 16, at 5 p.m.

After yesterday’s mandated closure of restaurants and bars, the Illinois Library Association recommended the suspension of all public service at libraries including curbside services and circulation of material. At this time, public health should weigh more heavily than providing service.

During this time, we hope that patrons will make use of our expansive digital library where you can download eBooks, eAudiobooks, read a paper, stream music and movies, all from the comfort of your home.

Stay safe and healthy, and we thank you for your patience as we deal with this unprecedented situation.

Illinois Department of Public Health has established a COVID-19 hotline and email address to answer questions from the public: 800-889-3931

For additional information from the Illinois Department of Public Health, visit: http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/coronavirus

Updated Friday, March 13

The Winnetka-Northfield Public Library District is CLOSED out of an abundance of caution; no known exposure or cases have been reported.

A rising number of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases have now been reported within the Chicagoland area. Nothing is more important to us than the safety and well-being of our community. We have decided to CLOSE our buildings out of an abundance of caution; no known exposure or cases have been reported. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.

During the closure patrons who would like to place holds for materials may pick them up (when ready) in the vestibule of the Winnetka Library Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. We also encourage patrons to use our expansive digital library where you can download eBooks, eAudiobooks, read a paper, stream music and movies, all from the comfort of your home.

Below are some of the latest developments at the Library:

  • The Board Meeting for Monday, March 16, has been canceled. An informational packet will be available online this evening.
  • All programming has been canceled until further notice.
  • Patrons can place Winnetka-only items on hold; they will be available in the Winnetka vestibule already checked out with a loan period of 8 weeks.
  • All items that are currently checked out to patrons have been renewed to May 8, please keep your items at this time.
  • All library cards that expire during this time will be extended to the end of June to allow patrons to check out materials and access digital services.

Stay safe and healthy, and we thank you for your patience as we deal with this unprecedented situation.