We have a variety of services to enhance your curriculum. Here are just a few.

Bookbag Requests

If you teach at a preschool, elementary, or middle school located within incorporated Des Plaines, we can provide you with a selection of materials to use in your classroom or help your students with their research needs. Des Plaines cardholders who homeschool their child(ren) can also request a bookbag.  Click here and complete the form and one of the librarians will contact you.  

School Library Cards

All schools, preschools, and daycare centers located within incorporated Des Plaines (excluding home-based centers) are eligible for a library card. To receive a library card, request an application from the Registration Desk at (847) 376-2787 or print out the application.

Scheduling Visits

We love visiting schools and class trips to the library!  Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, in-person visits have been put on hold until further notice.  Classes can still virtually visit the library and learn about the resources available to them both in-person and online.  Click here to sign up online for a visit. Include your name, school, grade level, and what you would like presented to your students.  Some ideas to consider are:

  • How to apply for a library card online
  • Virtual Storytime
  • Accessing the Digital Library
  • Booktalks on new titles, a specific genre, or the yearly children's choice award titles (see our reading awards page for details)
  • Digital Resource Orientation

If you would like to learn more about Accessing the Digital Library or to learn more about Digital Resources, contact Stephanie Gelb (School Liaison), by email or phone (847) 376-2795. 

High school teachers

Send your assignment alerts or schedule a visit by getting in touch with Ariana Haze, Teen Services Librarian, by email.