Library News

The library building is closed to the public, but starting Wednesday, June 3, 2020, the Clarendon Hills Public Library will begin offering contactless pickup of library materials on designated days/times.

The Contactless Holds Pickup Service works like this:

STEP ONE: Place holds on CHPL materials.
You can request Clarendon Hills Public Library materials by placing holds through the SWAN Online Catalog. For help or to have library staff place a hold for you over the phone, call 630-323-8188. Right now, you can only request CHPL items. The library system has halted delivery between libraries as a safety precaution. Use the library’s SWAN Online Catalog to verify if the items you are interested in are owned by CHPL. If there is an item you are interested in and CHPL does not own it, you can fill out the Suggest a Purchase form on the library’s website for the library to consider purchasing. Please note: Staff are still processing books that came out in mid-March - present. 

STEP TWO: Receive notification your items are ready.
Once your items are available and checked out to you, you will receive an email or phone call from library staff letting you know that you can come pick up your items on Tuesdays-Fridays from 1:00-5:30 pm and on Saturdays 1:00-4:00 pm. There is a backlog of holds placed from mid-March – present. It may take some time to get to your holds. Please be patient and wait to be notified before coming to pick up items placed on hold.

STEP THREE: 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. Once the staff member is safely back inside the library, you can come up to the table and take your bag and go.

  • If you drove to the library during the designated times, please stay in your car until staff is back in the building.
  • If you walked to the library, please come no closer than the library steps until staff is back inside the building.

Your items will already be checked out to you. Your last name and item due date will be on the bag. Should there be more than one bag on the table, be sure you take the one(s) with your name on it. All items will have a 3 week check out time and 2 renewals (if there is no one on a wait list for the item). Because the items are checked out to you the day you are notified, the due date is 3 weeks from the notification date and not the date picked up. When you return these items, the items will be checked in fine free. However, if the items become more than 2 weeks overdue, your account may be temporarily blocked until the items are returned. If there is another person picking up items when you arrive, please stay in your car or keep at least 6 feet away from the person until that person has moved out of the area.

RETURNS: If you have items to return, please put them in the library book drop.
Staff members will not directly accept returned materials. If a staff person or patron is in the vicinity of the book drop, please wait until that person has left the area before returning your items to the book drop. Out of an abundance of caution, all returned items will be quarantined for 7 days before being checked in. During Contactless Holds Pickup, all library materials will be checked in fine free.

Handicap accommodations can be made in advance by calling the library at 630-323-8188.  If you do not have a mobile phone to call the library to let us know when you are out front, we can schedule a pick up time in advance.

Governor Pritzker announced on March 31 that he has extended the statewide stay at home "shelter in place" order through April 30. Therefore the library will remain closed through that date, if not longer. Please keep checking the library's website for the most up to date information.


The following are reliable sources of coronavirus information 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

As Governor Pritzker announced on March 20 that he has signed a statewide stay at home "shelter in place" order through April 7 aimed at keeping new cases of COVID-19 from rapidly increasing, the library has had to adjust a few of its closing services.

Since staff will no longer be in the building daily, the book drop will be closed starting March 20 in the evening. We ask that you hold onto all library items until the library re-opens. All material due dates have already been changed to May 1 and all items will be checked in fine free when we open again. The library phone will not be answered, so please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need to get in touch with library staff.

The library's new tentative opening date is Wednesday, April 8. But please know that as this situation is fluid, we could likely be closed for a longer period of time. Please keep checking the library's website to stay informed.

Libraries may not be essential during a pandemic, but they are essential during the aftermath. We look forward to being open to the community again soon! Take care of yourselves!

In response to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for limiting possible exposure to COVID-19 (coronavirus), the library will be closed to the public until further notice. As this situation is changing daily, please check the library’s website for up-to-date information about library services.

Information to know about the library closing:

• All programs and meetings are cancelled.
All materials will have a due date of June 3.
• Hold on to all library materials until the library re-opens. All items will be checked in fine free.
• Holds will be suspended.
• The library has a plethora of digital content that will still be available for you to check out and enjoy. (See links below).
• If you have a problem downloading items because your card has expired, please email the library at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and staff will extend your card expiration date. Expect some delay from the time you contact us to the time the expiration date is updated.
• Check this site and the library's Facebook page for up-to-date information regarding the library's response to the COVID-19 virus.

Use the Library's Digital Services

Continue to use the library without visiting 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. Visit https://clarendonhillslibrary.org/using-the-library/technology/technology-digital-collection and https://clarendonhillslibrary.org/programs-classes/online-classes for more information. Stay connected with us on Facebook and https://clarendonhillslibrary.org/library-news/201-covid-19-response for the most up to date information from the library.


The following are reliable sources of information 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!