Visiting the Library

When coming to the library during the pandemic, we ask that your visit be brief – come in, browse the collection, check out what you need, and take your items home to enjoy. Computer use will only be allowed in 1-hour sessions, seating is limited, and our study and meeting rooms will not be available.

The Winnetka Library is open to the public and has curbside pickup is available:

Sunday: 1pm – 5pm
Monday – Thursday: 10am – 6pm
Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday 11am – 5pm

The Northfield Branch Library remains closed to the public but has curbside pickup available:

Curbside Pickup Only

Monday: 9am – 1pm
Wednesday: 2pm – 6pm
Saturday: 9am – 1pm

*unavailable on holidays

Curbside available via appointment only.

Safety Precautions

We take your health and safety seriously. If you have any indication of COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. We will be enforcing the following safety requirements:

  • Masks are required for all patrons ages 2 and older. Face coverings must always be worn over the nose and mouth while inside the library.
  • Always practice social distancing of 6-feet or greater.
  • Building capacity is limited; during busy times there may be a line to enter the building. Please be courteous with the length of your visit to allow others entry.
  • Protective acrylic shields have been installed at all service desks.
  • We encourage frequent hand-washing and/or use of hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes.
  • Returned materials will be quarantined for 7-days before circulating again.

Available Services

  • Checkout books, movies, music, and other resources
  • Pick up holds inside the Winnetka Library or Northfield Branch Library via contactless curbside pickup
  • In-person browsing of our collections at the Winnetka Library
  • Reference and readers advisory services from Youth and Adult Services librarians in person, phone, email or through our new Found4You service
  • Computer stations
  • Wi-Fi access
  • Printing and copying

Some of our collections, services, and spaces are not available during this phase of reopening:

  • Seating areas and worktables have been removed temporarily
  • Meeting and Study rooms are not available
  • The Quiet Room is closed, and newspapers are unavailable.
  • No in-person programming – view our events calendar for virtual programs
  • Toys, games, and other interactives are not available
  • No eating or drinking inside the library
  • STEAM kits are not available
  • The Studio is closed

Questions? We are happy to help! Send us an email or call during our service hours at or 847-446-7220