The Library building is open with limited hours & services.  Current hours are:  Mon.-Fri. 9-6 | Sat. 9-5 | Sun. Closed
Please limit your visit to 30 minutes. Masks are required over nose & mouth at all times. Temperature checks are taken upon entering. Read more.
We encourage you to take advantage of Curbside Pickup, Home Delivery, Digital Collections, and Virtual Programs.  

 
 
 

The Library building is open to the public with limited hours and limited services.  Click here to read more. 

The Library continues to offer Curbside Holds Pickup Service for Elmwood Park library cardholders. Continue reading below for details about our Curbside Service, or click here to see details about our Remote Printing service, also available with Curbside Pickup.  

Curbside Hours (as of November 20, hours subject to change):

Please note that as we enter the winter months, Curbside Pickup may become unavailable at any time due to hazardous winter conditions, including excessive snow, ice, wind, and cold. If you are unsure about the weather conditions and whether Curbside Pickup is available, please call ahead.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.

  • Monday:  9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday:  9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday:  9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday:  9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday:  9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday:  Closed

Thank you for your continued understanding, patience, and support! 

 

WHAT IS THE CURBSIDE HOLDS PICKUP SERVICE?

If you would rather not come into the Library to get library material, you may instead choose to place holds on items and then pick up your holds with Curbside Pickup. 

curbside icon peopleWho can place holds?

Any SWAN library cardholder with fines under $25.

If your Elmwood Park library card is set to expire anytime between January 1, 2020 - December 24, 2021, it has been automatically renewed through December 25, 2021. Please note that if you have a temporary digital access cards, you can checkout physical material.

 

curbside icon booksWhat items can I get?

Books, audiobooks, magazines, DVDs, Blu-rays, CDs, video games, Chromebook Laptops, WiFi hotspots, and any other material that is owned by Elmwood Park Public Library.  You can also pickup Remote Print Jobs.

Items from other libraries are also available for you to place holds and checkout through Curbside Pickup.  Please note that at this time not all SWAN libraries are sending out material. 

 

curbside icon clockHow long will it take?

If an item is available on our shelf, you should receive notification that it’s ready for pickup in 24-48 hours.  If it is coming from another library, it may take between 4-10 days.

Holds may take longer than usual due to items being quarantined upon return.

 

 

HOW DOES CURBSIDE HOLDS PICKUP WORK?

 

curbside icon number1Place a hold either online or by phone

Online: SWAN Online Catalog

By Phone: Call us at 708.453.7645


 

curbside icon number2Wait for notification that your items are ready for pickup

Staff will gather your holds and make them ready for pickup.

You will receive an automatic SWAN notification by text, email, or phone that your holds are ready for pickup.

*Please note that your pickup will take an extra couple of minutes so that we can check out your material to you when you arrive. 

 

 

curbside icon number3Pick up your holds outside the Library building

**Please bring your library card and cell phone with you. If you do not have a cell phone, please call ahead and schedule a time to pick up your items.**

By car: Find a marked parking space in front of the Library for Curbside Service.  Then use the phone number on the banner attached to the building, and follow the prompts to speak to a staff person.  We will then checkout and bring out your items and leave them on the chair marked for Curbside.

By bike or foot:  Find the marked space for Curbside Service in front of the Library by the bike racks. Then use the phone number on the banner attached to the building, and follow the prompts to speak to a staff person. We will then checkout and bring out your items and leave them on the chair marked for Curbside.
**Please make sure you wear a mask as required. **

 

Please be respectful of our staff safety. Do not approach staff members when they drop off your items. Thank you.

 

 

CURBSIDE HOLDS PICKUP SERVICE - FAQ

book bag1For the safety of staff and patrons, staff will not be answering questions face-to-face during Curbside Holds Pickup Service. Please see the FAQs below, and if you have any further questions, please call (708.453.7645) or send us an email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Thank you for your cooperation.

 

What are the hours for Curbside Holds Pickup Service?

Curbside Pickup hours are (as of November 20):

  • Monday:  9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday:  9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday:  9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday:  9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday:  9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday:  Closed

Hours are  subject to change.  Regardless of hours, you may only pickup holds once you have been notified that your material is ready for pickup. 

 

How long can I keep items once I’ve checked them out?

Checkouts are 3 weeks. You can have up to 2 renewals as long as there are no holds on the item.

 

Didn't my items used to get checked out to me before I picked them up?

Yes, but we are no longer doing this.

Now that SWAN has started sending out notifications again by text, email, and phone, we have stopped checking out items ahead of time.  You will now get notifications that your holds are ready for pickup.  Just note that your pickup will take an extra couple of minutes so that we can check out your material to you when you arrive. 

 

book drop1How do I return items once I’m done?

Please drop off material through the materials return slots at the front of the Library, with the drive-thru in the back, or the bin in the lobby.

For staff safety, please do not hand books and DVDs to staff members, as all items must immediately go into quarantine.

If you need to renew an item, please call us first instead of bringing in the item. Thank you.

 

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website digital card1What if I don’t have an Elmwood Park library card?

You may now come into the Library to get a library card.

Or, if you live in Elmwood Park and you are over 13 years old, you can apply for a temporary digital card to access our eBooks, audiobooks, digital magazines, and more. Just click here to sign up.  Note: digital cards cannot be used to checkout physical material.

 

What if my library card is expired?

You can come into the Library to renew your library card.  But any cards that were/are set to expire anytime between January 1, 2020 - December 24, 2021, have been/will be automatically renewed through December 25, 2021. 

If you live in Elmwood Park and you are over 13 years old, you can also apply for a temporary digital card to access our eBooks, audiobooks, digital magazines, and more. Just click here to sign up.

 

What if my library card is blocked due to fines?

You can pay your fines online through the SWAN Online Catalog. Just log in with your library card number and PIN.

 

When can we go back inside the building?

As of Monday, July 13, the Library building opened for limited hours and services. The library continues to monitor recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and local health authorities, in addition to the State of Illinois for guidance in these next steps and when we can gradually open up more spaces, services, and hours.

But in addition to our Curbside Holds Pickup service, we continue to offer virtual services, answering your questions via phone and email, virtual programs, access to eBooks & other digital resources, as well as our Summer Reading Program

Thank you for your continued patience. 

 

Are you accepting donations?

As of February 8, the Friends have begun accepting donations again:  

  • Put them in the Donation Bin in the Lobby by the drinking fountain. Please do NOT put them through the library return slots in the front of the building.  Thank you.
  • Please make sure your donations are clean, dry, and in good condition
  • We are not accepting product manuals, textbooks, encyclopedias, or magazines

   

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