Safety Measures & Mask Policy

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Safety Measures

In light of the rise of Omicron variant cases and Cook County's latest guidelines, we have updated our COVID policy to keep our staff and patrons safe. The current safety measures are currently in effect:

  • Masks must be worn in all areas of the library, including study rooms by visitors ages 2 and up, regardless of vaccination status. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided. 
  • Food is no longer allowed in the library, but covered drinks are still allowed. 
  • Visitors do not need to show proof of vaccination to enter the building, but they are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated, and if eligible, boosted. 

Service Updates

Due to staffing issues related to the Omicron variant, we have made the following changes to our services. The current service restrictions are currently in effect:

  • January in-person programs have been canceled. Our virtual programs will continue as planned. 
  • Collaboratory appointments are suspended until January 22.
  • Study rooms are limited to one person per room through January 31.
  • Meeting room reservations are suspended through January 31.
  • When staffing is not available, the Youth Services and Fiction & Media desks may temporarily close. You are still able to browse and check out items in these departments when the desk is closed. 

These changes reflect our current staffing availability and are subject to change. Please check this page for our latest service updates.

Read our COVID-19 Library Action Plan 

Open Hours

The library is open 7 days a week. 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

Visit to browse and check out materials, read a newspaper, use a computer, pick up holds, work at a table or study room, visit the Friends' Bookshop, and more. Learn more about our services below. If you have questions, call us at 847-272-6224 or email us during our open hours.

Collaboratory Appointments

Collaboratory appointments are suspended until January 22.

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 are limited to one person per room through January 31.

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. Masks must be worn in all areas of the library, including study rooms by visitors ages 2 and up, regardless of vaccination status. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided. Food is no longer allowed in the library, including in study rooms, but covered drinks are still allowed. 

Meeting Rooms

Meeting room reservations are suspended through January 31.

You can reserve a meeting room online with a Northbrook Library card. Meeting rooms can be reserved up to two months in advance.

Computers

Computers are available on the 2nd floor 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 reference@northbrook.info during our open hours to schedule an appointment.

Checking Out & Returning Materials

You can use your library card or download a digital version of your library card on our library app to check out 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.  

Holds Pickup

Holds provide a quick and easy way to get library materials. You can Pplace holds on library materials, including books, movies, videogames, Roku sticks, mobile hotspots, and more. You can pick them up and check them out from the Holds shelves in the west lobby (across from the bookshop). Learn more.

Printing Services & 3D Printing Services

  • You can visit to use our print/copy/fax machine or request a print for 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.

Programs

We offer a wide array of virtual and in-person programs for all ages and interests 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 library card or renew an existing card in the lobby
  • Use a computer (no reservation necessary)
  • Print/copy/fax
  • Use our Self-Service Holds shelves to pick up  and check out holds
  • 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 with a Northbrook Library card
  • Use a study room for 2 hours a day. You can also reserve a study room online with a Northbrook Library card up to a week in advance. Walk-up reservations are allowed if a room is available.
  • Use the Quiet Study Room on the 2nd floor for silent reading or study.
  • Visit the Friends' Bookshop to purchase used books or donate books for the Friends Bookshop in the bin in the west entrance 

Other ways to engage with the library

We still provide many services that you can use 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.