Coronavirus (COVID-19) safety measures at the library

The library will be closed until further notice, but our online resources are still available 24/7 (click here to start exploring!). No items will be overdue during this time, so please hold onto them.

Update for May 1, 2020

Hello Everyone –

On April 24, 2020, Governor Pritzker extended his Stay At Home Order through the end of May. Lincolnwood Public Library District will remain closed until further notice to support the local and statewide efforts to keep people safe and healthy. 

Even though our doors remain closed, the Library is very much open to support you virtually with emedia, virtual reference services, online programs, and more. We are very excited to add Tutor.com to our online resources. Free for Lincolnwood cardholders, this online service offers homework help and tutoring covering over 60 subjects. Available 24/7, Tutor.com has over 3000 tutors who can assist students with assignments, test prep, writing, and more. If you don’t have a library card and you are a Lincolnwood resident you can submit this form.  A temporary library card number will be emailed directly to you with instructions for accessing our online resources. 

Staff have been working hard to turn Lincolnwood Public Library District into a virtual library. We have many online programs for all ages.  You can check out what is planned for May here. A remember to check the Library website and social media accounts for the most current information on Library services.

Wishing you all a safe and healthy spring,

Josephine Tucci

Library Director

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Update for April 1, 2020
Hello Everyone –

Yesterday Governor Pritzker extended his Stay At Home Order through the end of April, therefore Lincolnwood Public Library District tentatively plans to open for limited services on Monday, May 4th.  With the uncertainty of this health crisis in our state and country this date may be subject to change. 

  • Check out Facebook, Instagram, and our website for updates and posts to keep you connected with the library.

  • We have canceled all programs and meeting room reservations through May 31, but we’re working on providing virtual programs and rescheduling as many canceled programs as we can.

  • If you don’t have a library card and you are a Lincolnwood resident you can use this form, and we will issue you a temporary library card number to access our online resources through May 31. And remember – these resources are available 24/7!!

  • If you are looking for reference help, tech support, or help with our online resources you can email infoservices@lincolnwoodlibrary.org and a staff person will respond within 24 hours.

  • Rest assured, the library has been and will continue to be deep cleaned throughout our closure.

If you are looking for information on how COVID-19 is impacting Lincolnwood you can visit the Cook County Department of Public Health for regularly updated statistics.  Click on the MAP link in the menu bar and hover over Lincolnwood.  You will see how many confirmed cases of COVID-19 are present in Lincolnwood and many other towns and villages in Cook County.  This map highlights cases found in suburbs that do not have their own Public Health Department.  If you are looking for information about any municipalities not highlighted on this map you will need to visit the individual health department websites for those municipalities.

Now is not the time to panic or lose hope.  Now is the time to stay informed, stay safe, stay healthy, and stay strong.

Josephine Tucci
Library Director

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Update as of March 14, 2020
Dear Lincolnwood Library Patrons,

Library Staff are closely monitoring developments regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) and how it may impact library services and the Lincolnwood community.  We are also working closely with Village and local government officials to adapt our response to this health crisis as it continues to develop.  For more information we recommend these local, state, and national health officials for accurate news and updates about the coronavirus.

We have added 8 hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the building, increased cleaning of service desks, door knobs, and other high use areas.  The situation changes daily, if not hourly, and we are actively making plans to address any appropriate changes to library services to ensure the health and safety of the Lincolnwood community.

After careful consideration and reviewing the CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health recommendations for community events, we are closing the library to the public until further notice beginning Saturday, March 14. We will continue to monitor the situation closely to decide when it is safe to reopen.

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms – dry cough, fever, or shortness of breath – please stay home.  If you are in the high risk group (elderly or compromised health condition) you should not visit social gathering places like public libraries because it may not be safe.

But don’t despair!  We have a lot of online resources you can enjoy at home!  You can stream movies, download books, read digital newspapers and magazines, listen to music, and research all sorts of topics using our online resources from the comforts and protection of your home. Visit our Quick Links page to see all of the online resources we offer for free with your Lincolnwood library card!

Special thanks to Kanopy for making a curated list of credit-free options! Watch Kanopy’s all ages entertainment and learning content using your Lincolnwood Library card. Want to watch something not on the list? Lincolnwood Cardholders get up to 5 titles each month. Click here to visit Kanopy.

Comcast Xfinity has opened up their national network of wifi-hotspots for 60 days. Connect to the wifi network Xfinity-wifi for free, in-home, and open internet access. Click here for more details.

I wish everyone good health and strong will as we navigate these uncharted times as a united community and nation.

Josephine Tucci

Library Director

PS. We know a lot of you may be out of work during this time. Here are a couple resources we hope will help:

Illinois Legal Aid Online

Covid19 and unemployment: Illinois Department of Economic Services

You can call the Illinois Department of Economic Services at  800-244-5631 or 866-488-4016 (TTY), but the lines have been very busy. Try filing your claim via the IDES website. Do not go in person: As of March 19, IDES offices are closed to the public until further notice.

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