Visiting the Library

Visit to browse and check out materials, read a newspaper, use a computer, pick up holds, or work at a table or study room. You can also use the Collaboratory by appointment with a Northbrook Library card. 

If you have questions, you can call 847-272-6224 or email us during our open 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 

Safety Measures & Mask Policy

  • Masks are required for visitors ages 2 and up regardless of vaccination status. (Library staff will continue to wear a mask at all times.)
  • If you do not have a mask, one will be provided. 
  • We currently allow up to 250 visitors at a time for visits of 2 hours or less.
  • Read our COVID-19 Library Action Plan.

Collaboratory Appointments

The Collaboratory, including the Peltz Digitization Room, is open by appointment only with a Northbrook Public Library card. Learn how to schedule an appointment.

Study Rooms

Study rooms can be reserved for up to 2 hours a day. You can also reserve a study room up to a week in advance online with a Northbrook Public LIbrary card. If a study room is available, you can make a walk-up reservation at the Reference desk. If you have any questions, call 847-272-4873 or email the Reference Department. Note: Visitors can remove their masks in the study room.

Meeting Rooms

You can reserve the Civic Room online for dates in August and September with a Northbrook Library card. Starting August 1, additional meeting rooms will be available to be reserved for dates starting in October. Meeting rooms can be reserved up to two months in advance.

Using a Computer

Computers are available on a walk-in basis for 60 minutes with two 30-minute extensions if no one is waiting. (No library card required.) You can also reserve a computer up to one week in advance. Call 847-272-4873 or email during our open hours to schedule an appointment.

Checking Out & Returning 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.

You can return materials in our lobby during our open hours or use our outdoor bookdrops, which are always open.  

Curbside Pickup

Curbside pickup is still available for library materials, including books, movies, videogames, Roku sticks, mobile hotspots, and more. 

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:

Online Resources (eBooks, Movies, etc.)

Access eBooks, movies, and more with your library card.


We offer a wide array of programs for all ages each month.

Homebound Service

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.

What you can do in the library

  • Browse and check out materials in all departments
  • Get a new library card or renew an existing card in the lobby
  • Use a computer (no reservation necessary)
  • Print/copy/fax
  • Use the Collaboratory by appointment with a Northbrook Library card. Schedule an appointment
  • Use the Peltz Digitization Room for 3-hour appointments with a Northbrook Library card. Schedule an appointment.
  • Reserve the Civic Room for dates in August and September with a Northbrook Library card
  • Pick up holds from Curbside Pickup
  • Use a table on the 2nd floor, 3rd floor, or Teen Loft
  • Use a study room for 2 hours by appointment (one reservation per day). You can also reserve a study room online with a Northbrook Library card, call 847-272-4873, or email during our open hours. Walk-up reservations are allowed if a room is available.
  • Visit the Friends' Bookshop Mon- Sat: 10am-4pm & Sun: 2-4pm
  • Donate books for the Friends Bookshop in the bin located in the west entrance vestibule. 

Other ways to engage with the library

We still provide many services that you can access from home without having to enter the building. If you are interested in something that you don't see on this list, please call us at 847-272-6224.