Covid-19 Closure FAQ's


Like other places of public gathering, the library must stay closed for now. We will welcome back our patrons just as soon as it’s safe to do so. Here are answers to some questions you may have:

What about the materials I already have checked out? You are encouraged to hold onto your materials until we re-open, but if you prefer you may return them through the book drop on the west side of the building. No overdue fines will accrue while we are closed.

I ordered library materials through inter-library loan. Will I still get them? The RAILS inter-library loan system is shut down for the time being. All holds will be filled when we resume normal operations.

My library card will expire during the month of March. How can I renew it? We’ll automatically extend the validity of your card through April 15.

Are Advantage copies of bestsellers still being offered to residents? Advantage copy hold requests, which give priority to Glencoe residents on popular e-book and e-audiobook titles, will continue to be monitored. Advantage copies are available only for titles checked out through Digital Library of Illinois. See our website (Digital Content/Books, Movies & More) for information.  

How will the library keep me amused during the COVID-19 shutdown? We offer lots of online and streaming options that you can use from home. You can download ebooks; listen to audiobooks; stream movies, tv shows, and music; read newspapers, comics, and magazines; take online classes; learn a new language; and more. We’ll continue to add information and options, so be sure to keep checking our website’s Digital Content menu. 

When will the library re-open? We hope to re-open on April 1, but like everyone else we’ll have to see how it goes. Check our website for updates and additional ideas on using the library remotely.

Questions? Feel free to email the library’s executive director, Andrew Kim, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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