Library News

The library will start receiving items from other SWAN libraries to fulfill CHPL card holders’ materials requests starting Wednesday, August 12. CHPL card holders should also be able to start placing holds again on items in the SWAN catalog not owned by CHPL starting Thursday, August 13.

To aid staff in managing the influx of items that will be 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.

The library building is now open to the public with modified hours and limited capacity and services. 

Library hours 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.

Contactless Holds Pickup has ended. You can now enter the library building to pick up your holds.
For the health and safety of library staff and users:
  • There will be limits on how many people can be in the building at one time.
  • Seating and tables have been removed to help maintain social distancing.
  • Only two public Internet stations will be available for use by CHPL card holders only. These computers will be available for use one hour per day per person by appointment only.
  • The meeting rooms will not be available for groups to rent.
  • The Youth Department’s iPads and toys will be unavailable for use.
  • Newspapers will be inaccessible.
  • The drinking fountain will be turned off and there will be no complimentary coffee served.
  • The elevator is limited to one person/family at a time.
  • Patrons will not be allowed to study or hang out in the library for prolonged periods in order to limit exposure and contact.

When you visit the library, we ask that you follow these guidelines:
  • Wear a face covering or mask at all times. If you cannot medically wear a mask, reasonable accommodations can be arranged with notice.
  • Maintain social distancing of at least six feet apart.
  • Wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer often.
  • Children under age 13 must be directly supervised by an adult.
  • If you feel unwell, or are consistently coughing or sneezing, please stay at home.
  • You are encouraged to keep your visit to 30 minutes or less (unless using an Internet station).

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 5 days before being checked in. 

  • All materials checked out during the Limited Walk-In Services Phase of Reopening 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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Thanks to everyone who participated in our Once Upon a Time in Clarendon Hills Online Summer Reading Challenge! Please feel free to share your feedback about our Summer Reading Challenge in this online survey (it asks for an email address first):

Raffle Winners For Children's Summer Reading Challenge (ages birth - 17)

I Want Candy! $25 Gift Card - Max L. and Claire S.

The Daily Scoop $25 Gift Card - Annie K. and Corrin P.

Domino's Pizza $25 Gift Card - Andrew G. and Nicolas Z.

Learning Express $25 Gift Card - Kendall D. and Taylor S.

Raffle Winners For Adult's Summer Reading Challenge (ages 18+)

Amazon $50 Gift Card - Chris L.

Clarendon Hills Bucks! $50 Gift Card - Aaron Y.

TumbleBooks, a world leader in online book databases, announced that it will make its family of online libraries for all ages available for free to the public until at least August 31.

To access these free online materials, go to:

  • Tumble Book Library - Provides a collection of online ebooks for grades K-6 including animated e-books for young children with read-along narration and sound. Also features games, puzzles, and quizzes for young readers.

  • Tumble Math - Provides the most comprehensive collection of math-related picture and chapter books. The books are accompanied by supplementary materials such as lesson plans and quizzes.

  • Teen Book Cloud - Provides an online collection for grades 7-12 including ebooks, enhanced novels, graphic novels, videos and audio books.
  • Audio Book Cloud - Provides an online audio book library collection of streaming audio books for a variety of ages.
  • Romance Book Cloud - Provides a huge collection of steamy Romance novels for the more mature crowd!

Items in the TumbleBooks libraries do not need to be checked out. You just click on the item and then click on the "read online," "listen online," or "play video" link. Items use your web browser, so you do need to be connected to the Internet. There are no limits to how many items you can click on to enjoy. Any item shown is available; there are no holds or wait times for item availability.

We thank TumbleBooks for working with libraries to provide this quality content to the public free during this stressful and trying time.