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The Library is OPEN:  What You Need to Know

Reopening guidelines

10 to 7 Monday through Friday

10 to 4 Saturday

1 to 4 Sunday


  • Play areas on the 2nd floor are closed, including the Early Literacy area and the PoetTree corner. 
  • 2nd floor children's computers and iPads are unavailable at this time.


  • We are regularly and frequently cleaning repeatedly touched surfaces, including the self-checks, door handles, elevator buttons, stair rails, and service desks.
  • We have supplied hand sanitizer and wipes throughout the building.



You may again access printers, faxes and scanners in the library. You can also send print jobs from your home or device to the library! Access the service at Once you have sent your document to be printed, call the 4th floor Reference Desk at 847-376-2841 to tell them you have sent a print job. They will print it out and you can pick up at the 4th floor desk.

Public Access Computers Are Open

Patrons may drop in any time during open hours to use a computer on the 4th floor. Use of computers is still self-service. DPPL staff are not able to provide hands-on assistance or instruction at this time.

Study Rooms and other Study Spaces Are Open

Sign up at the Information Desk on the 3rd or 4th floor. Des Plaines Library cardholders may reserve a room up to two days in advance for a maximum of two hours.  For reservations; 3rd floor, call (847) 376-2840; 4th floor, call (847) 376-2841. Additional information.

Returning Materials

The garage book drops are open 24/7. The automated book returns have been turned back on.


Library loan periods, renewal periods and fines apply as usual. More info here.


Self-service holds pickup has resumed in the DPPL lobby. Don't forget to check out your items before exiting the building. As always, please wait until you are notified your item is ready for pick up before coming to the library.

You can place a hold online at or contact the service desks for assistance placing holds: 

Children's Materials 847-376-2839

Adult Fiction, Music & Movies 847-376-2840

Adult Reference & Nonfiction  847-376-2841

Interlibrary Loans  

We are filling ILL requests. Items coming from school libraries may still be delayed.

Live Online Classes and Programs 

All of your favorite DPPL programs and events for adults, teens and kids are now available in live and pre-recorded online formats. Explore them all at

In-Person Assistance

Reference and Reader's Advisory service for all ages is available at the Information Desks by phone or in person.

Ebooks, eaudiobooks and other ematerials

Check out all of our e-resources at You can use your smartphone, tablet, PC, Kindle, or even a smart TV (for movies and TV shows).


Our usual volunteer opportunities are currently unavailable. When they do reopen, they will be listed on the DPPL website at

Friends of the Library Book Sale & Donations

The Friends sale shelf on the first floor is fully stocked and open for browsing and buying! They are not accepting donations at this time.

Tax Forms and AARP Tax Assistance

You can find forms at and print from home. Or you can call the Reference Desk at 847-376-2841 and they will tell you how we can arrange for you to pick up tax forms at the library. 

Library Cards and Accounts Assistance

Our Account Assistants in the library lobby are ready to help. You can also apply for a new or replacement library card online at, or email with your card number if you need to renew a card or have an issue with your account.

Reopening guidelines

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