Northbrook Public Library

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Friday 9 am - 6 pm
Saturday 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday 1 pm - 5 pm


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How Do I...?


For additional assistance or answers to questions not listed here, please contact the Library at 847-272-6224 or by email.

Arrange a Visit for my Class Donate an item to the Library
Attend Board of Trustees Meeting Find what programs are being offered
Contact the Library Register for a class
View my Library Account Obtain items from other libraries
Reserve an item Reserve a Study Room
Reserve a Meeting Room
Search the Library Catalog Use the Internet or a Workstation Computer
Find out How Many Items I Can Borrow Get a Job at the Library
Renew an Item Have an Art Exhibit at the Library
Get a Library card Submit a compliment, suggestion, or concern
Pay My Fines Use Library Services for those with special needs
Get to the Library Volunteer at the Library
Correct a discrepancy on my Library account Make a purchase suggestion
Get email notifications on holds and due dates Find recommended reading
Find the hours the Library is open Report a lost or stolen Library card
See my checked-out items and due dates Purchase a non-resident card


Arrange a Library visit for my class

Youth Services staff can arrange an age-appropriate Library visit for Northbrook school students in kindergarten through 8th grade. The department can be reached at 847-272-4240.

Attend a Board of Trustees meeting

During the renovation, the Board of Trustees of Northbrook Public Library meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Business Office meeting room on the 2nd floor, unless otherwise posted. All meetings are open to the public.

Contact the Library

You can call us at 847-272-6224 or email us at You can also visit our Contact Us page to send a message or find out telephone numbers and email addresses for specific departments.

View my Library Account

In your account you can see what you have checked out, along with the due dates and any fines. You can also renew materials, change your password or change your email contact address. You can get to your account here, but you will need your library card number and password to login (the default password is PATRON).

Reserve an Item

Circulating materials that are currently checked out or on order may be reserved by Northbrook Public Library cardholders in person, over the telephone, or via the catalog when looking at the item record (click on the Hold icon on the left side). Please see our Loan Policies for details about loan periods.

Search the Library Catalog

The online catalog is here.

Find Out How Many Items I can Take Out at a Time

Please see our Loan Policies for details about limits on check outs.

Renew an Item

You can renew an item by calling the library at 847-272-6224 or by logging in in to your account here, but you will need your library card number or user name and password to login (the default password is patron). Select "Log In to Your Account". Once in, select items from your "Checkouts tab". Check any item that you want to renew and then click the "Renew" button.  This service is sometimes unavailable due to fines on your card or reserves on the item.

Get a Card

If you live within the incorporated area of the Village of Northbrook, you are entitled to a free library card. Please bring current identification that includes your full name and reflects that your street address is within the village. Types of identification may include driver's license, printed checks, a current utility bill sent through the mail, a real estate tax bill, or student identification.

Pay Fines

You must come to the Circulation Desk to pay all fees. Fines can either be paid at Circulation or you can also go online to make a payment.

Find the Library

We are located at 1201 Cedar Lane in Northbrook, IL 60062. We have general driving directions posted here.

Correct a Discrepancy on my Account

If you believe there is an error on your Library account, you can come to the Circulation Desk or call 847-272-6224 for assistance.

Get email notifications on Holds and Due Dates

You can sign up to be notified by email about available holds, overdue books, and notices that items will be due in 3 days through your Library Account.

Find the Hours that the Library is Open

Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m

See My Checked-out Items and Due Dates

In your account you can see what you have checked out, along with the due dates and any fines. You can get to your account here, but you will need your library card number and password to login (the default password is patron).

Donate an Item to the Library

During the 2014-2015 first floor renovation, we no longer are able to accept book donations. However, there are other locations that can accept your book donations.

Find out what programs are being offered

You can learn about our many programs from the Latest Edition newsletter mailed to all Northbrook residents or our biweekly email newsletter. We also have information on adult programs and children's programs on this website.

Register for a Class

Registration for our technology classes is conducted though our Reference Department. Information on the classes and registration instructions are available here. Registration for our AARP Safe Driving Classes can be done at the Reader Services Desk at 847-272-2958.

Obtain Materials not Available in the Library

Many materials that are not currently available in the Library can be found at other local libraries within our catalog consortium. You can request these items in our online catalog by clicking on the "Hold" icon on the left side of the screen, and the materials will be sent to the Library for you. Periodical articles and books from libraries outside of our consortium can also be ordered. Please contact the Reference Department by email or call 847-272-4873 for more details.

Reserve a Study Room

Study Rooms can only be reserved by patrons with a Northbrook library card. You can reserve a room by contacting our staff in the Periodicals Room either in person or by calling 847-272-4980.

Reserve a Meeting Room

There are no meeting rooms available during the 2014-2015 renovation. See our Meeting Room page for more details.

Use an Internet or Workstation Computer

Computers are available both in the Youth Services and Reference Departments. For quick use we have 30 minute terminals in Reference, but if you need a computer for a longer period you will need to reserve time using your library card. Wireless access is available throughout the Library for patrons with laptops and other portable devices.

Get a Job at the Library

The Library posts notices of all jobs on this site. You can also come into the Business Office from 9 am - 5 pm, Monday - Friday to find out about open positions and to pick up an application.

Have an Art Exhibit

We have a new art exhibit every month which is available for both solo and group shows. Contact the Assistant Director at 847-272-7074 to arrange a show.

Submit a Compliment, Suggestion, or Concern

Feedback forms are available in the Library at the Circulation Desk. We also have a convenient online form.

Use Library Services for those with special needs

The library offers a wide range of services and technologies for people with visual impairments and other special needs. Information on these services can be found on our website and you can also contact our Reader Services Department by email or by phone at 847-272-2958.

Volunteer at the Library

Volunteers are an integral part of the library. If you would like to volunteer your time, please call us at 847-272-6224 and ask to speak to the Business Office.

Make a Purchase Suggestion

We only take purchase suggestions from Northbrook residents with a valid library card. You can use our online form or call the library to make a suggestion.

Find Recommended Materials

We have many resources for readers of all ages looking for that special item. Adult book recommendations can be found here and Children's recommendations are here.

Report a Lost or Stolen Card

If your card is missing, please call our Circulation Desk at 847-272-6224 to report it.

Purchase a Nonresident Card

People who live in unincorporated Northbrook may purchase nonresident cards by bringing a current real estate tax bill, a current lease form, or a current cancelled rent check, and identification which includes full name and address. A purchased nonresident card has full rights at the Northbrook Public Library and it will be honored by many other libraries. Nonresident card fees are determined using the Tax Bill Method as defined by Section 3050 of the Illinois Local Library Act. Nonresident fees are equivalent to those paid by residents. Contact our Circulation Department for more information.