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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.


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.

Beginning December 10, you'll need your SWAN PIN to sign in to Hoopla. It's easy to do!  Here are instructions for iOS, Android and Web access. As always, please call us if you're having any trouble and we'll be glad to walk you through it.

What is my SWAN PIN?

Explore More Illinois is now available to CH Library cardholders!  To use this free service, you may go to "Museum Pass Programs," click on the Explore More Illinois link, choose from a variety of participating museums and attractions throughout Illinois, enter the date(s) you'd like to visit, and check out the deals available.  Some organizations offer free passes, others discounted admission.  The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Chicago Children's Museum and Chicago's DuSable Museum of African American History are just a few of the participants.  So let's go exploring! And don't forget to check out our Museum Adventure Pass Program as well.