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Our plan to reopen the building and reintroduce in-person services

We are as eager to get back into the building as you are, and we look forward to restoring services with safety at the forefront of our decisions. To ensure that we reopen the library safely and responsibly, we have developed a phased approach to reopening the library and restoring our services that aligns closely with the governor's Restore Illinois plan.

Download the Plan

We understand you may have questions and encourage you to read the information below or reach out to us at or 847-272-6224 with your questions.

Current Phase

The library continues to be in Phase 3 of our reopening plan. With the state moving to Phase 4, we are preparing to move to phase 4 of our plan on July 20.

Important Dates

Library to enter Phase 4 of its plan on July 20

In this initial stage, we will concentrate on providing limited grab & go services. You will be able to pick up holds, check out items, use a computer, print/copy/fax, and access the Collaboratory by appointmentWe ask that you limit your time at the library to an hour or less.

Visit our Phase 4 reopening page to learn what to expect when you return to the library.

Curbside Pickup available as of June 23

We are now offering curbside pickup to Northbrook library card holders. Place library items on hold (see a list of holdable items). Once you're notified that your holds are available, you will be able to schedule a time to pick them up online or by phone. We will not be accepting same-day requests. We will be able to accommodate pickups on foot and by bike. Learn more about curbside pickup.

As of June 9, we are accepting returns following these guidelines:

  • You can return items from 9:30-11:30am, Monday through Friday, and from 1-3pm on Sundays 

  • When you drive into the lot, please follow the RETURNS signs, which will direct you to the east side of the building.

  • Please drop your items carefully into the bin.
  • Please do not approach staff when they are present to swap bins.

Return schedule

Day Returns accepted 
Monday 9:30-11:30am
Tuesday 9:30-11:30am
Wednesday 9:30-11:30am
Thursday 9:30-11:30am
Friday 9:30-11:30am
Saturday No Returns Accepted
Sunday     1-3pm

Visit our page about returning materials to learn more.