Library News

Through aYCH Logo FEEL FREE TO USE 2 unique partnership with 32 other libraries in the Chicago area, CHPL is able to offer virtual field trips to nine different Chicago cultural and historic destinations this spring. Take a virtual field trip to any or all of these favorite Chicago destinations: The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Children's Museum, DuSable Museum of African American History, Elmhurst History Museum, Field Museum, Garfield Park Conservatory, Illinois Holocaust Museum, National Museum of Mexican Art, and Shedd Aquarium. Space is limited. Check our event calendar for registration information.


The Library building is open to the public - starting Monday, January 25 - with modified hours and limited capacity and services.

Library building 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.

Starting 1/25/2021, Contactless Holds Pickup will end. You will be able to 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.
  • 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 7 days before being checked in. This means that items will still show on your account for 7 days after you have returned them to the library. Items will be checked in fine free.

  • 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

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.