We are open!
The building is open and services are restored. Most programming will remain virtual at this time.
As of August 5, 2021, masks are required for everyone over the age of 2. Thank you for your cooperation as we respond to the current transmission rate of COVID-19 in Lake County.
To place items on hold, visit the catalog. Once you receive a notification that your items are ready, you have 7 days to pick up your holds from the Reference Room.
Socially Distanced Visits
Please visit the building alone or with people in your immediate circle. Please do not move chairs or tables together. Extended seating is available at tables spread out in the Kasian Room. Please do not visit in groups. Thank you for always being considerate of others.
Quarantine of Returned Items
As of July 13, 2021, returned items are no longer being quarantined.
To adhere to physical distancing recommendations, most programs remain virtual, but check our calendar or follow the Library on Facebook for events in the Courtyards, on the Front Lawn, or at outdoor venues around town.
As we all have discovered, the situation is changing rapidly. Please check back on our website or social media pages for the latest information.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to support health and safety measures as recommended by the CDC.
See all updates about the Library's response to COVID-19.
See curated information about COVID-19.
Book Donations & Friends Status
The Friends are currently not accepting book donations
Please check back for when donations will resume and do not put used books in the Library return bins or at the back dock. You can hold onto the books you want to donate to the Friends until they are accepting donations again, or you can consider other places to donate used books.
Status of Services & Resources
|⬤||The Building is open regular hours Monday–Sunday.|
|⬤||Physical library materials are available to browse and checkout in the Library, and for grab-and-go pickup in the Reference Room. To use Holds Pickup, search the online catalog and place holds on items you would like. You can also call us at 847.234.0636 to place holds.|
|⬤||Interlibrary Loans are currently available. To see items you can borrow from our entire network of area libraries, change the "Limit by" dropdown under the search bar to "All Member Libraries" when searching the catalog.|
|⬤||DVD2GO machine at the West Train Station is available for borrowing and returning DVD2GO DVDs and Blu-Rays. Discs not originally checked out from the DVD2GO machine must be returned to the Library.|
|⬤||Public computers are available for use.|
|⬤||The Media Lab is available for use. To make an appointment, visit the Media Lab page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|⬤||Digital resources including eBooks, streaming movies, and most databases, are available for access from home to all Lake Forest residents with a library card. Request a temporary virtual library card.|
|⬤||Reference and Readers Advisory services are available. You can contact your librarians at the Library as well as by live chat, phone, and email. Request recommendations or a care package.|
|⬤||Virtual Events are available through Zoom and other platforms. Library Live mini programs including live storytimes are available on the Library's Facebook and Instagram pages. How to join virtual events.|
|⬤||Library Wi-Fi is available in the building, as well as from outside the building or nearby parking spots (signal strength varies outside). When near the Library building, connect to "Public." Alternatively, you may be able to turn your phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot to use anywhere to connect your nearby devices to the internet.|
|⬤||Print from Anywhere enables you to upload a document to the cloud and come into the Library to pay for and print it. Instructions for using the Print from Anywhere service.|