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.

Open Hours

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). 

Safety Measures

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. 

Collaboratory Appointments

The Collaboratory is open by appointment only to Northbrook library card holders. Schedule an appointment.

  • 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.

Returning Materials

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

Curbside Pickup

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

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. 

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.

Virtual Programs

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 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 during our open hours*
  • Use the Peltz Digitization Room for 3-hour appointments* Schedule an appointment.
  • Print/copy/fax
  • 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:

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. 

In addition, plexiglass barriers have been installed at all service desks and floor decals are visible for physical distancing 

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

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.

4 Ways to Use the Library