Patron services

We want to provide you with generous, friendly, and efficient service. Learn about some of the services we provide on this site and at the library.

Your library card

We want your library card to be the most valuable card in your wallet. With a library card, you can reserve study rooms ahead of time, use our online resources from home, and more. Don't have a library card? We have an online card application to get the process started. Here are some of the things to know about your library card:

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Automatically Yours

Want to be sure you get all the newest books by your favorite authors? Fill out the online form for our new automatic holds service and we'll place holds for you on all of their new adult fiction titles. They'll be automatically yours!

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Looking for personalized book suggestions, but don't have time to stop by the Readers’ Services Desk on the 3rd Floor? Our BookVine service allows you to fill out an online form with your preferences on the types of books you like to read, and get personalized recommendations back from a member of our Readers' Services Team.

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Computer classes

Libraries are great place to learn new skills and meet new people too. We offer a wide range of online computer classes for beginner and intermediate users.

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Kids' Devices

The Youth Services Department has many preloaded digital devices. From youngest to oldest, we've got you covered.

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Library of Things

Need a high-quality microphone to run your Zoom program? Want some help converting your VHS home movies to DVD? Our Library of Things is a great way to try out new gadgets and see what other services we have to offer. 

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Explore More Illinois

Explore More Illinois is a free service provided by your library that grants instant online access to free and discounted tickets to museums, science centers, sporting events, zoos, park districts, theatres, and other fun and local cultural venues. Here is a guide with frequently asked questions. Click here to get started. 

Museum Pass Program

The Museum Pass Program allows Des Plaines Public Library card holders to check out one pass per family for 7 days. Visit their website for more information on what each pass allows. Some museums use the pass for buy-one-get-one admission or completely free admission into the facility.

Discussion groups at the library 

We think libraries attract some pretty interesting people, including yourself. We host and sponsor a number of groups at the library including: 

  • Discussion groups - bigger and better than ever via Zoom - join us to talk about books, films, and new technology!
  • Writing group - currently unavailable

Other services

Be sure to explore this section of the site to learn more about services like: