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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 847-272-4300.

Attend a Board of Trustees meeting

The Board of Trustees of Northbrook Public Library meets on the third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Civic Room on the first 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.

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 periods and fines page 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. Select "Log In". 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. Visit our Get a library Card page for more details.

Pay Fines

Visit the Circulation Desk to pay all fees, such as a lost or damaged item. Fines for overdue items can either be paid at Circulation or you can log into you account to make a payment by credit or debit card.

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

Log in to your library account to change your account notification preferences. You may choose between phone, email, and text (SMS) notifications.

Find the Hours that the Library is Open

Monday through Thursday: 9am - 9pm
Friday: 9am - 6pm
Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday: 1pm - 5pm

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. If you have questions about your account, contact the Circulation Department at 847-272-6224.

Book donations can be dropped off at the Circulation Desk or at the Friends of the library room on the first floor.

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, teen,  and children's programs on this website.

Register for a Program

Not all events require registration. Events that require registration will display a "Register" link in their description; just click the link and fill out the fields to register. You also may call 847-272-6224 to register for a program. Registration for our AARP Safe Driving Classes can be done at the Fiction & Media 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 using our online reservation system.

Reserve a Meeting Room

We have meeting rooms available for Northbrook residents and businesses with a valid Northbrook Library card. Rooms are reserved online only. See our full policy for more information.

Use a Computer

Computers are available both in the Youth Services and Reference Departments. Wireless access is available throughout the library for patrons with laptops and other portable devices. Northbrook residents with a valid ID, high school age and older, may check out an iPad or MacBook Pro to use in the library.

Get a Job at the Library

View our job postings. 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.

Submit a Compliment, Suggestion, or Concern

Feedback forms are available in the library at the service desks and meeting rooms. 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 accessibility page and you can also contact our Fiction & Media 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, visit our Volunteer page or 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.

We have many resources for readers of all ages looking for that special item. Recommendations for adults and kids can be found here.

Report a Lost or Stolen Card

Please call our Circulation Desk at 847-272-6224 to report your missing card.

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. Get more information here.