Notice 8/23/21: Per Cook County Department of Public Health, masks are required for everyone indoors, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated. 
Disposable masks are available at service desks.  If you are cannot wear a mask or are not ready to visit at this time,
please use Curbside Pickup, Home Delivery, our Digital Collections, or contact us to see how we can assist you.  Thank you.



Photo of lanyards and water bottles with the Library's logo, which are September giveaways for getting or renewing a library card.Homecoming at the Library

This September, the Elmwood Park Public Library is embracing our homecoming spirit. After this past year, we are excited to welcome new and returning patrons alike as we celebrate Library Card Sign-Up Month.

Giveaways:  To mark the occasion, we are giving away lanyards and water bottles for new and renewed library cards in September, while supplies last. You will also get entered into a drawing for a chance to win an object printed with the Library's 3D Printer. (see our display at the Library)



fine free1September 1 - We Are Going Fine Free!

We are also excited to announce that the Library has officially gone fine-free as of Sept. 1, 2021!

To celebrate this change and support our local community, we are hosting a non-perishable food drive and spirit week from Sept. 19 - 25:


Spirit Week Schedule

Join us for some fun and dress up during our Spirit Week. 

  • Sept. 19: Gameday Sunday
    Show off your favorite sports team paraphernalia

  • Sept. 20: Matching Monday
    Get some friends to dress in matching patterns, colors, or themes

  • Sept. 21: Tie-Dye Tuesday
    Wear some tie-dye or bright colors to light up the day

  • Sept. 22: Wacky Wednesday
    Messy hair, mismatched socks, clashing patterns...try it all!

  • Sept. 23: Throwback Thursday
    Choose an outfit to pay tribute to the decade of your choice

  • Sept. 24: Fandom Friday
    Dress like a character from your favorite book, movie, or show

  • Sept. 25: Super Saturday
    Heroes vs. Villains...only you can decide which side you are on

If you participate, make sure to stop by the Circulation Desk to get entered into a drawing for a chance to win an object printed with the Library's 3D Printer. (see our display at the Library) 


Food Drive: September 19-25

During Spirit Week, we will also be hosting a food drive.  So when you visit the Library to show off your costume, bring some non-expired non-perishables to help our fellow community members.  Donations will help supply the Leyden Community Food Pantry.

Some of the most wanted items include:

  • cereal
  • pancake mix & syrup
  • coffee
  • crackers
  • mac & cheese
  • mashed potatoes
  • pudding & Jell-O
  • rice
  • canned chili
  • condiments & oil
  • peanut butter & jelly
  • pasta sauce.

We will also accept some non-food items including:

  • deodorant
  • feminine products
  • laundry detergent
  • paper towels
  • toilet paper
  • shampoo.

While donating is reward in and of itself, you will also receive an entry into a drawing for a chance to win an object printed with the Library's 3D Printer. (see our display at the Library) 


Banner stating September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, with endorsement by celebrity Marley Dias. 



How to Get a Library Card

library card eppl 3 400wHow do you get a library card? It's easy.

If you are 18 or older, all you need is a photo ID with your current Elmwood Park address: a current Driver's License or State ID. That's it!  If you are under 18, come in with your parent or legal guardian.

Please note:  If your ID does not have your current address, then a second piece of identification will be required.  Click here for more information.

Just stop by the Circulation Desk and we'll sign you up!


Digital Library Card 

If you can’t make it into the Library, we are also offer a temporary digital card that you can sign up for from home.

It provides access to all of our online resources including eBooks, eAudiobooks, online databases, homework help, and more. To obtain your digital card, just follow this link. You must be at least 13 years of age to register. 



Libraries are Wonderful!

2019 library card signup month1 500wA Library card lets you explore all the wonders that libraries have to offer, including access to information, entertainment, job searching, homework help, and so much more!  With a Library card you can connect to:

  • Books & other collections - Check out the usual books, movies, music, magazines, and video games.  Find it all through our SWAN Catalog

    We also have Kindles, bike locks, device charging cords, laptops, and tons of other fun and useful stuff in our Beyond Books collection.

    Prefer reading/listening digitally? Your library card connects you to a variety of eBooks and eAudiobooks available through the Libby and Axis360 apps. 

  • Book Recommendations - Not sure what you want to read?  Use your library card to connect to Novelist, which provides book recommendations for readers in all age groups, allowing you to search your favorite books or authors to find read-alikes, or search by appeal terms, like "funny and quirky," or "moody and brooding."  Use Novelist to connect to your next great read!

  • Interlibrary Loan - Is what you want checked out? We can place holds on books and other items that we don’t own. On average it takes about a week, and it's free.

  • Computers & Internet Access - We have plenty of computers to use, free with your Elmwood Park Public Library card.

  • Online Resources for Research & Learning - We have a wide variety of online resources on our website that you can use with your Elmwood Park Public Library card.

    Get online tutoring with, which provides tutors, skills building, practice tests, and more.

    Learn a new language with Mango Languages. This interactive resource can be used on the computer or via the app, and offers over 70 languages to learn using conversational learning.

    You can also research your family tree, get career advice, or find full-text articles for whatever research you are working on.



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