Library News

You may have noticed that the library's online catalog for looking up library materials owned at CHPL and other SWAN libraries has a new look! 

For information on using the new catalog, go to Using the Catalog.

If you would rather use the old catalog, you can still access it through April 2022 by clicking on the "Search the Classic Catalog" link on the top right of the new catalog page.

Try out the New Catalog!

The Library building is open to the public with pre-pandemic hours.

Library building hours are:

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays:   9:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Wednesdays and Fridays:               9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturdays:                                           9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

During IL Phase 5, What Has Changed from the Limited Walk-In Services of Phase 4?:
  • Mask Requirements:
    Due to the Governor’s statewide indoor mask mandate being lifted, face coverings are no longer required to be worn in the library building, though they are recommended. Updated 2/28/2022.
  • The library now has multiple tables/chairs available in the public areas.

  • There are now 3 public Internet stations available for use for one hour per day per person without a reservation.

  • Newspapers are available again for in-person reading.

  • The drinking fountain is available.

  • We are back to normal loan periods for library items (instead of checking out all items for 3 weeks).

During IL Phase 5, What Has Not Changed?

  • We continue to encourage social distancing to the extent possible, especially indoors, and encourage people to wash hands and/or use hand sanitizer frequently.

  • The meeting rooms are still not be available for groups to rent.

  • The Youth Department’s iPads and toys are still unavailable for use.

Thank you for working with us during these challenging times! 

 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.

  • 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; and much more.

  • The book drop is open. Feel free to return library items. Returned items are no longer being quarantined before being checked in.


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

Through the library's CHPL Academy you can learn more about using a variety of the library's online resources - including the library's digital content platforms for accessing ebooks, eaudiobooks, digital magazines, etc., and library research databases like AncestryLibrary,, and more! The CHPL Academy also provides tutorials on using social media platforms, Microsoft products and Google software. Try out a tutorial today!





Lockers pic canvaCan’t make it to the library to pick up your holds during library hours?
Now you can call the library and ask that your held items be placed in an outdoor locker for you to pick up within 7 days. The library has 6 lockers available.

How to Use this Service

  • Call the library at 630-323-8188 and ask if staff can place your held items in one of our lockers. You can also text a locker request to 630-381-8885 (this # is for texts only). Please be sure to identify who you are.
  • Staff will let you know if a locker is available and, if so, will let you know your assigned locker number.
  • Staff will check your held items out to your account and place items in your assigned locker.
  • You have one week to pick up your items.
  • You will use the last four digits of your library card barcode to open the lock on your locker.
  • If you do not pick your items up within the week, your items will be placed back on the library's inside holds shelf for five days.  After five days, the items will be checked in and sent back to their home library or reshelved.

 Please Note: 

  • We will only hold items in lockers for one week. If you request locker service on a Monday, you would have until 9:30 am the following Monday to pick up items.
  • Items must fit in a 12 in x 12 in x 12 in space. If you have items that will not fit in the locker, you will be notified.

How to Open the Locker, When You Come to Pick Up Your Items

On the lock of your assigned locker:

  • Press “C”.
  • Enter the last 4 digits of your library card barcode by pressing down on the appropriate numbers.
  • Turn knob to unlocked position (arrow on knob points to unlocked padlock icon).
  • Open locker and remove items.
  • Close locker and press “C” button.
  • Return knob to locked position (arrow on knob points to locked padlock icon).