Safe Child Policy & Information

Read our full Safe Child Policy here.

The Lincolnwood Library has put forth much effort to improve its services to the community, and we think it is wonderful that so many students are interested in visiting the library. We ask parents, guardians, and caregivers to work with us toward our goal of a peaceful, inclusive library atmosphere after school.

The library is available for children in and above grade 6 to visit independently after school. Children in grades 3–5 and younger must be with a caregiver to be in the building.

Library visits are limited to one hour, and visitors must be able to show proof of residency in some form (school ID, assignment notebook or other school-provided supply) to enter the building. All library visitors must properly wear masks at all times in the building. We have limited space and services available in order to ensure proper social distancing as well as safety for our community. Students are able to browse our collections, do homework, use a computer, or ask a librarian for help.

In accordance with the library’s Safe Child Policy available at, students grade 6 and up who visit us independently after school must self-supervise and behave appropriately, both in accordance with library behavior policies and library social distancing & mask policies. If your child is not able to follow these expectations, we will ask your child to leave for the day. Your child will be asked for your contact information in this case; please be available by phone.

This school year looks different and is tough for everyone; the library is here to help and support our after school families. With your Lincolnwood Library card, you can access for live or self-guided homework help; and of course our library staff are here to help you.

Thank you for your continued partnership. If you have any questions about our current services, please stop by or call the Youth and Teen Services Department at (224) 233-1843.


Thank you for partnering with the library to help keep a peaceful atmosphere and ensure your child’s safety! We don’t have a lot of rules, but the ones we do have are important. Please take a moment to review these expectations with your child, and please call us or stop in if you have any questions or concerns.

Visiting the Library During a Pandemic

All library visitors over the age of 2 are required to wear a mask or other face covering, properly covering their mouth and nose while visiting the library. Until further notice, no food or drinks of any kind are allowed in the library. We will be encouraging physical distancing of at least 6 feet, and we have hand sanitizing stations throughout the library. Visitors are limited to one visit to the library for up to one hour per day.

A Mostly Quiet Library

The library isn’t silent all the time, but because we have such a big after school crowd, we need to keep our voices down to a whisper. Use headphones when listening to something on a device, even with friends who are listening too. Keep conversations G-rated.

A Clean Library

We expect everyone to keep the library neat and clean, so please pick up after yourself if a mess happens. Until further notice, no food or drinks of any kind are allowed in the library. Remember that the library is a public place. The library can’t be responsible for items that are lost or stolen, so please keep track of your belongings.

A Respectful, Peaceful Library

Always treat others the way they would like to be treated. Bullying or being disrespectful to others will not be tolerated. The library is not the place for physical contact or roughhousing with your friends. Please keep chairs on the floor, butts in seats, and feet on the floor. If a librarian asks you to change your behavior, it’s for a good reason, and you must listen to them.

A Public Library

We want to provide a safe, welcoming environment for everyone after school, not just our students. Please remember that others use the library, and please be respectful. Know when the library closes, and be sure that your child is picked up on time. If there are unattended children under the age of 14 after closing, librarians may call the friendly Lincolnwood police to make sure they get home safely.

Library Closing Times

6pm Monday–Friday

5pm Saturday

5pm Sunday