COVID-19 Library Updates and Information

Library Updates

The library is open for Grab ‘n Go services. Stop in to browse and checkout items, use a computer, or make copies. Masks are required at all times. Please keep your visit brief. To prioritize everyone's health and safety, some in-person services are paused.

Plan Your Visit

Safety Requirements

  • Masks must be worn over the nose and mouth for the duration of your visit.
  • Grab n’ Go Services - keep your visit brief.
  • Social distance at least 6 feet from others.
  • Capacity limits are in place.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • No food or drink allowed.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.
  • Children under age 9 must be near a caregiver at all times.

If you cannot wear a mask, call 847-438-3433 or send us a message for information on available accommodations.

Available In-Person Services

  • Browsing, borrowing, and returns
  • Library card sign-up and renewal
  • Computers (with time limits) and Wi-Fi
  • Printing, faxing, scanning & copying
  • 3D print requests
  • Program kit pickup and crafts-to-go for kids
  • Voter registration
  • Notary (hours limited - please call to check availability before your visit)

Temporarily Unavailable Services

  • Study rooms & Quiet Reading Room
  • In-person programming
  • Toys and manipulatives in the Children’s Department
  • Forge makerspace equipment
  • Library of Things items
  • Digital Media Labs
  • Study tables and collaborative seating areas
  • Newspapers – but online newspapers are available
  • Passport processing

Contactless Services

Phone, Chat, & Email 

Call, email, or chat with staff during open hours.


Return materials at the drive-up book drop 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

Drive-Up Holds Pickup

Drive-up services will continue to be available to pick up items placed on hold. Please note: all holds are at the drive-up window.

Home Delivery Services

If you are a district resident unable to come to the library for health reasons, please call us at 847-438-3433 or send a message to Outreach Services.

Laptops and Wi-Fi Hotspots

A limited number of Wi-Fi hotspots and laptops with Wi-Fi hotspots included are available for checkout to Ela patrons. Place a hold on a laptop or hotspot

Library Programs

  • Virtual programs continue
  • If you are registered for a program with a take-home kit and are not comfortable entering the library or have multiple people in your party, such as families with children, curbside pickup is available.
  • Crafts-to-go for kids are available first-come, first-serve. Pick up crafts in the Children's Department or outside in the box near the building sidewalk.

Online Resources

Staff and Patron Safety

Safety measures in place

  • We have increased cleaning protocols and frequently sanitize high-touch surfaces.
  • Plexi-glass partitions are installed at all public desks.
  • Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the building.
  • Staff are adhering to strict social distancing, reduced occupancy, and other guidelines set forth by health officials.
  • Staff and patrons wear face coverings in the building.

Community Resources during COVID-19

Local Vaccine Information

Register on Lake County’s AllVax Portal to receive updates on COVID-19 vaccine availability or schedule an appointment if eligible.

Reliable Community Resources

Library staff curated these resources. Please contact us if you have any questions or need assistance finding further information. We are here to help.

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