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Due to the rapid rise in cases of COVID-19 in DuPage and Cook Counties and surrounding areas, the Clarendon Hills Public Library building is closed to the public beginning Monday, November 23.

Although the building is closed, services continue! Items may be picked up using our Contactless Holds Pickup Service and the library continues to offer online programming, digital content, phone reference help, and printing/faxing services.

The library is taking this action with the guidance of the Illinois Department of Public Health and other agencies. The closure is intended to help slow the spread of the virus and keep our community and staff safe and healthy.

The Contactless Holds Pickup Service works like this:

STEP ONE: Place holds on library materials.
You can request library materials by placing holds through the SWAN Online Catalog or by calling the library at 630-323-8188.

Video on How to Place a Hold

STEP TWO: Receive notification that your items are ready.
Once your items are available, you will receive an email or phone call letting you know that your items are ready for pick up.

STEP THREE: Come to the library during the following designated days/times for Contactless Holds Pickup.
The designated days/times for this service are:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesdays and Fridays: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

STEP FOUR: Pick up your library materials.
When you arrive at the library during the designated days/times for Contactless Holds Pickup, call the library at 630-323-8188 to let them know that you are out front. A library staff member will bring your bagged items out to a table on the library's portico by the front doors.

These are challenging times and we must work together to keep our community safe and healthy. We look forward to seeing you again!

 Additional Library Information:

  • Call us at 630-323-8188 to answer reference questions.

  • Check out our program calendar to see what fun and informative virtual programs we are offering.

  • Continue to use the library digitally by downloading eBooks; listening to downloadable and streaming audiobooks; streaming movies and TV shows; streaming music; reading digital comics and magazines; taking online classes; and much more.

  • The book drop is open. Feel free to return library items. Due to an abundance of caution, returned items will be quarantined for 7 days before being checked in. 

  • All materials checked out during this time will have a 3 week loan period.


The following are reliable sources of information about COVID-19 and helpful tools to help you stay informed:

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization

Illinois Department of Public Health

DuPage County Health Department

Information for Communities

Preventative Actions

Stay well!

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Clarendon Hills Winter Reading Challenge from January 11 - February 28

We challenge you to read this winter - for fun and for prizes - by joining one of our Online Winter Reading Challenges. You can log all your reading online through the library's Beanstack software.

For Children

Ages Birth - 17: Log every day you read for at least 15 minutes. Read for 40 days this winter and for every 10 days you log in, you will receive a ticket to enter a drawing at the end of the challenge for gift cards to one of these great Clarendon Hills businesses -  I Want Candy! and Learning Express.

Beginning January 11, 2021, you can start recording your days read through the Beanstack app or web site.

Create Beanstack Account and Register for Winter Reading Challenge

Parents: Please note that you can create an account for yourself and then add your children to your account so that you can easily access all family members' reading logs with one login. To do this, when creating your Beanstack account, click on "Register an Individual or Family" and then "I am an adult registering a child."

For Adults

Ages 18+: Each time you complete a book and add it to your reading log, you earn a ticket you can use to enter a drawing at the end of the challenge for a $50 gift card to a local business!

Beginning January 11, 2021, you can start recording your books read through the Beanstack app or web site.

Create Beanstack Account and Register for Winter Reading Challenge


The library has started receiving items from other SWAN libraries to fulfill CHPL card holders’ materials requests. CHPL card holders can also start placing holds again on items in the SWAN catalog not owned by CHPL.

To aid staff in managing the influx of items that are coming in, you can help by:

  • Checking your SWAN My Account and cancelling any holds placed earlier this year that you no longer want.
  • Picking up your held items in a timely manner. Items are held 7 days from the date the notification is sent. After the 7 days, items are routed back to their home library or sent to fulfill another hold.

Explore all the new services available to you free through the latest addition to our Users can:

  • Create books using Pressbooks software.  Pressbooks makes it easy to create a professional ebook for you to share with family and friends (maybe a family memoir), or to share more widely...
  • Share your work for potential inclusion in the online Indie Illinois collection or Library Journal's Indie Author Project Select collections of ebooks. You may also enter the Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project portal.
  • Read ebooks by independently published local authors, ebooks that have been reviewed and recommended by the professionals at Library Journal and more.