Visiting the Library
Masks are still required in the building and at in-person library programs for everyone age 2 and up.
We still require everyone ages two and up to wear a mask in the building and when attending in-person library programs. We'll have disposable masks available at the door if you need one. Read our COVID-19 Library Action Plan.
We welcome you to visit to browse and check out materials or visit Curbside Pickup during the following hours. (Hours are subject to change.) You can contact us by phone (847-272-6224) or email us during these hours. See our scheduled closures.
- Monday - Thursday: 9:00am-9:00pm
- Friday: 9:00am-6:00pm
- Saturday: 9:00am-5:00pm
- Sunday: 1:00-5:00pm
We welcome you to visit to browse and check out materials, pick up holds, use a computer, or print/copy/fax. You can also use a table or reserve a study room with a Northbrook Library card. (If a study room is available, you can make a same-day reservation.) To use the Collaboratory, you will need to make reserve an appointment in advance with a Northbrook Library card (no same-day appointments).
We currently allow up to 200 visitors at a time for visits of 2 hours or less. Everyone ages 2 and up must wear a mask while in the building or when attending in-person library programs. If you are unable to wear one due to a medical condition, we can provide remote services, including curbside pickup and homebound delivery.
Please read the other safety measures you will be expected to follow while in the building.
- Tuesday-Thursday: 10am-6pm
- Friday & Saturday: 10am-2pm
The Peltz DIgitization Room is open by appointments only to Northbrook card holders. Schedule an appointment.
Study Room Appointments
You can reserve a study room (2 people maximum per room/one 2-hour reservation per day) with a Northbrook library card. Reservations can be scheduled up to a week in advance online. To make a same-day reservation, or if you have any questions, call 847-272-4873 or email the Reference Department.
Using a Computer
You can use a computer in the Reference department without making an appointment.
Checking Out Materials
To check out materials, please bring your library card or download our new library app. You can check out your materials using one of our new self-checkout machines located on each floor of the library. See how easy it is to quickly check out multiple items. You can also check out materials on your phone using our library app's Self-Checkout option. If you need assistance with checking out items, staff will be there to help.
Our outdoor bookdrops are open 24 hours a day/7 days a week. You can also return materials in the lobby during our open hours. Learn more about returns.
Our Homebound Service offers delivery of library materials to any Northbrook resident with a valid Northbrook Public Library card who is confined to their residence.
Printing Services & 3D Printing Services
- You can visit during our open hours to use our print/copy/fax machine or request a print through Curbside Pickup:
- Send us your file and when it's ready, we'll let you know how to pick it up. Please allow 24 hours for us to complete your print.
- Send us a file to print on the 3D printer:
- Email us a file to 3D print and when it's ready, we'll let you know how to pick it up via Curbside Pickup
Online Resources (eBooks, Movies, etc.)
Access eBooks, movies, and more with your library card.
We offer a wide array of virtual programs for all ages each month.
What you can do in the library
- Browse and check out materials in all areas of the library
- Use the Collaboratory by appointment* Schedule an appointment
- Get a new library card or renew an existing card at the Welcome desk in the lobby.
- Use the self-checkout machines or use our new library app to check out materials
- Use our Internet station on the 2nd floor for quick printing and look-ups
- Use a computer for 60 minutes by appointment. Call 847-272-4873 or email email@example.com to schedule an appointment
- Use a table on the 2nd floor, 3rd floor, or Teen Loft (2 people max)
- Use a study room for 2 hours by appointment (2 people per room max/one reservation per day). Reserve a study room online, or call 847-272-4873 or email firstname.lastname@example.org during our open hours*
- Use the Peltz Digitization Room for 3-hour appointments* Schedule an appointment.
- Pick up holds from Curbside Pickup during our open hours
* A Northbrook Library card is required
What you cannot do in the library
- Cannot use the Collaboratory or a study room or without an appointment. If a study room is available, you can make a same-day appointment with your Northbrook library card.
- Cannot reserve or access meeting rooms, classrooms, or the Auditorium. Meeting room reservations will be available starting July 1 for dates in August and September.
- Cannot donate any books or other library materials. Book donations will be accepted starting July 2.
- Cannot access the Friends Bookshop.
Services you can access without having to enter the building
If possible, we encourage you to use our services that do not require you to enter the building:
- Use curbside pickup to get library materials. If you do not want to enter the building, please call 847-272-2147
- Return materials in our drive-up book drop on the west side of the building (open 24/7)
- Request homebound delivery
- Call us at 847-272-6224 or email us at email@example.com
- Email a file to print on our 3D printer
- Access eResources and eBooks
Our safety precautions and procedures
Patron and staff safety is our first priority. As we reopen, we will continue to disinfect commonly touched items, clean workspace surfaces, and wipe down all high touch surfaces regularly and provide hand sanitizer at key areas throughout the building.
Help us keep staff and others safe in the library
Please help us maintain a safe environment for staff and other patrons, and we are counting on your help with this.
Do not enter the library if you are experiencing any of the symptoms of COVID-19
If you have questions about possible symptoms, please review the symptoms on the CDC website.
Wear a mask in the building
Everyone, including children 2 years and up, is required to a mask that covers your nose and mouth while in the building, including in the bathroom and while attending in-person programs. If you do not have a mask with you, we will provide one. If a medical condition prevents you from wearing one, we can provide services to you through curbside pickup or homebound delivery. If you need additional accommodations, please contact Administration at 847-272-6224 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maintain 6-feet of physical distance
Please be aware of others when you are in the building, and use the floor markings to help you maintain distance from others.
Keep your visit short
We ask that you limit your time at the library to 2 hours or less.
Do not eat or drink in the library
Food and beverages are not allowed in the building.
Pay attention to posted signs
We have added signs to help remind you of our safety procedures.
Other ways to engage with the library
Although we are also eager to return to our pre-COVID-19 services, we will continue to adapt and add services when possible to meet your needs. In the meantime, we encourage you to engage with the library by using eBooks, eResources, virtual programs, curbside pickup, and homebound delivery.