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, and safe library atmosphere after school. 

All library visitors must properly wear masks at all times in the building. We encourage proper social distancing for the safety of our community.The Library is available for children in and above grade 6 to visit independently after school. Children in grades 3–5 must be with a caregiver to be in the building; they may attend programs independently, but a caregiver must join them when it’s over. Children in grade 2 and below must be with their caregiver at all times.

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 the Library’s behavior and Covid-19 Conduct & Safety policies. If your child is not able to follow these expectations, we will ask your child to leave for the day. Library staff may request emergency contact information to notify a caregiver that the child has been asked to leave the Library; regardless, the child will be required to leave.

This school year looks different and is tough for everyone; the library is here to help and support our after school families. 

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 of any kind is allowed in the library. We will be encouraging physical distancing of at least 6 feet, and we have hand sanitizing stations throughout the library.

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. Remember that the library is a public place. The library is not 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 anyone will not be tolerated. The library is not the place for physical contact or roughhousing with your friends. Please keep chairs on the floor, hands to yourselves, 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 Lincolnwood police to make sure they get home safely.

Closing times are:  

9pm Monday-Thursday, 6pm Friday & Saturday, 5pm Sunday

For additional information on the library’s reopening plan and COVID-19 Response, please visit