Sandy Whitmer

About Sandy Whitmer

Sandy joined the library staff as Director in 2006. What does she enjoy most about working in a library? "Libraries have something to offer everyone – they can make a difference in the lives of individuals and can contribute to the well-being of the communities they serve." She enjoys nonfiction, funny memoirs and sometimes escapes reality through chick lit. Her commute makes audiobooks a necessity. Her favorite place to read is outside – any shady porch, sunny backyard or sandy beach will do.

Say Hello to a Fine Free Warrenville Library

On July 1, 2020, say goodbye to Extended Use Fees. Say hello to a Fine Free Warrenville Public Library. The Library will stop charging extended use fees for overdue items. We will clear all prior extended use fees from borrower accounts.

Fine free does not mean no responsibility. Our collection belongs to the entire community. We expect our members to respect this shared community resource by returning materials in a timely manner.

Why fine free?
Becoming a fine free library was identified as a strategic objective in 2019. Here are a few reasons why we are saying goodbye to fines:

  • Library fines can create barriers to library use, preventing access to our resources for individuals who need them most.
  • Studies have shown overdue fines have little impact on when library materials are returned.
  • Increased use of eBooks and other electronic resources means fines are no longer a sustainable source of library income.

Are there still due dates?
Yes. Items will still have due dates and you can renew items up to 2 times unless the item is requested by another member. To confirm due dates,

  • Log in to My Account,
  • Check the due date receipt you received at checkout or
  • Call the Member Services Desk at 630/393-1171 x100.

Are all fees going away?
No. You will still be charged for lost, damaged or incomplete items.

What incentive do members have to return their materials?
Borrowing and other library privileges will be suspended when an item is 14 days overdue. Privileges will be reinstated when the item is returned, renewed or paid for as lost.

What will happen if my items are overdue?
Although you will not be charged extended use fees, if your items are 14 days overdue your library card privileges will be suspended. Once the items are returned, renewed or paid for as lost your privileges will be reinstated.

Are there any other policy changes I should know about?
Yes. A few additional policy changes go into effect July 1:

  • DVDs will have a loan period of 2 weeks.
  • Current issues of magazines can be checked out.
  • Requested items will be held for 7 days.
  • WPLD items will be limited to 2 renewals.

Learn More About Fine Free Libraries

 View Our Library Policies

Library Board of Trustees Regular Board Meeting

Library Board of Trustees Meeting (online) with Library LogoThe Library Board’s next regularly scheduled meeting is Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 7 pm. The agenda and information packet are available online. This meeting will be conducted entirely via electronic means, not at the Library. The public is invited to listen to the meeting by calling 312/626-6799 or using the Zoom app to connect to the meeting. The Zoom Meeting ID is 865 8804 1557. Log on at, or using the app. The direct Zoom link is: Instructions for submitting public comment are included on the agenda.

Need a laugh? Try One of These Audiobooks

Books – They say laughter is the best medicine. Lisa Scottoline is well-known for her page-turning thrillers, but did you know she and her daughter, Francesca Serritella, write “Chick Wit,” a weekly column carried by The Philadelphia Inquirer? If you need a laugh, head to Hoopla to check out one of eight audiobooks read by the pair, each a compilation of their favorite essays. Look no further than these titles for a hint at the witty banter within each book: My Nest Isn’t Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space, Have a Nice Guilt Trip, and Does this Beach Make Me Look Fat.

Library Board of Trustees Committee of Whole and Regular Board Meetings

Library Board of Trustees Meeting (online) with Library LogoThe Library Board’s next regularly scheduled meeting is Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 7 pm. The Regular Meeting will be preceded by a Committee of the Whole Meeting at 6 pm. The agendas and information packets for both meetings are available online. These meetings will be conducted entirely via electronic means, not at the Library. The public is invited to listen to the meetings by calling 312/626-6799 or using the Zoom app to connect to the meeting. The Zoom Meeting ID is 891 9556 6734. Log on at, or using the app. Instructions for submitting public comment are included on the agenda.

Curbside: Not a One-Size-Fits-All Solution for Libraries

Yes, we know other libraries are beginning to offer curbside. Yes, we know you are anxious to get your hands on new library materials. Yes, we know you want to return everything you checked out in March.

Do we want to offer curbside? Yes. Do we want to be able to open our book returns? Yes. Do we want to give you access to our computers, our copier and our fax machine? Yes. Do we miss you? Yes, yes, one thousand times yes!

As some libraries begin to offer curbside service, we want you to know some of our thoughts regarding why we are not in a position to offer curbside service at this time.

  • We are abiding by the Governor’s stay-at-home order.
  • We are not an “essential” service according to the Governor’s executive orders. Other libraries offering curbside are considered “essential government services” for a variety of reasons. For instance, they might be part of a City government that has deemed them essential. Warrenville Library’s Board of Trustees will discuss essential library services at its May 20, 2020 meeting. You are welcome to submit comments and listen to the meeting. View the meeting agenda and information packet. The agenda includes instructions for submitting public comment and accessing the meeting.
  • We do not have sufficient PPE (masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, disinfectant) to ensure the safety of our staff and our cardholders. We are purchasing what we can as it becomes available. We did not purchase these supplies earlier because we did not want to compete with hospitals, health care facilities and first responders who desperately needed these items in the initial weeks of pandemic response.
  • We are monitoring information from a research collaboration that will inform us of best recommended practices to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in the delivery or use of library materials. Initially other sources advised us a 24-hour quarantine of library materials was sufficient. Then we heard three days. The most recent information suggests seven days. As you know, information is changing rapidly. We are doing our best to keep up. Just when we think we have a plan, something changes and we have to go back to the drawing board. Learn more about the study
  • The decisions we make are as much about the health of our community as they are about the health of our staff. Retail stores and restaurants were given the go-ahead to do curbside pickup with specific guidance from the State of Illinois. Unlike retail stores and restaurants that have one-way transactions (you pick it up, you take it home), libraries have two-way transactions (you pick it up, you take it home, you bring it back … and then we send that material out to someone else). Because we circulate materials to many individuals and families, we are being especially cautious as we consider curbside options. We have no specific guidance from the State about the precautions needed to resume library services.
  • We have fewer than 30 employees. More than half of our employees are at higher risk for serious illness if infected by the virus. We want to do everything we can to mitigate the risk of exposure.

We understand you have questions why the Warrenville Library is not offering curbside service. Different libraries have different resources and make decisions based on many factors that are unique to their organizations and communities. This is not a one-size-fits-all situation. We are in constant contact with neighboring libraries and we are learning from their experiences. We are planning to offer curbside service beginning sometime in June – but only if we are confident we can do so safely. As much as we would like to offer curbside service, we are not yet in a position to do so. When we are ready, you will know and we will celebrate that milestone together!

WPLD Remains Closed

Governor Pritzker’s extension of the stay-at-home order means the Library will remain closed through at least May 30. Due dates for all materials have been extended to June 30, 2020. We are not accepting returns at this time.

You may be wondering why the library is not offering curbside or no-contact service. The borrow and return cycle for library materials is unlike the purchase and consume (or keep) cycle for restaurants and retail establishments. We are waiting for the results of a study commissioned by the Institute of Museum and Library Services to understand how this highly contagious virus behaves on library materials. This research will guide us in developing plans to reopen our book returns and resume checking out materials in a manner that is safe for you and our staff.

Here are a few links to access library content and services while our building is closed:

Get a library card

eBooks & eMedia

Online learning databases

If you would like a reading recommendation or help with a research or reference question, you can email a librarian Monday–Friday, 9:30 am–5 pm:



Library Board of Trustees Meeting

Library Board of Trustees Meeting (online) with Library LogoThe Library Board’s next regularly scheduled meeting is Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 7 pm. The agenda and information packet are available online. This meeting will be conducted entirely via electronic means, not at the Library. The public is invited to listen to the meeting by calling 312-626-6799 or using the Zoom app to connect to the meeting. The Zoom Meeting ID is 156-466-873. The direct Zoom link is Instructions for submitting public comment are included on the agenda.

Get a WPLD library card

Beginning now, if you reside in the Warrenville Public Library District boundaries, you can register for a temporary WPLD card online. You will have access to digital books, audiobooks, music, movies and magazines as well as online learning and research databases.

Here’s how it works:
Once you submit your application online, we will review it and activate an account for you. You will then receive an email with your temporary library card number and PIN and other instructions for its use, including how to fully activate your card once our building reopens.

This process applies to WPLD residents who…
– don’t have a library card
– aren’t sure if they have a library card
– know their card has expired
– lost their library card/don’t know their library card number or,
– are current WPLD members but are unable to login and access digital resources

Complete your online registration form now. This process might take a few days as we are working offsite with limited staff. You will be notified if for some reason we are not able to create a temporary card for you at this time.

Library Closed Until Further Notice to Prevent COVID-19 Spread


UPDATE (June 17, 2020) — The Library building remains closed to the public. Library staff are working in the building to coordinate returns and curbside pickup. We are monitoring voice mail (630/393-1171) and email Monday through Saturday, 9:30 am-5 pm. Email or to request items, get reading recommendations and get assistance with research. Email if you have questions about your library account. Email if you have questions about curbside pickup.

Learn about returning your library materials:

Learn about curbside pickup:

ORIGINAL POST (March 16, 2020) — Warrenville Public Library is closed until further notice, effective Monday, March 16 at noon. Closing the library was a difficult decision, as we know many of you rely on the library for research, education, entertainment and technology. However, the library stands in support of all efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Watch a message from Library Director Sandy Whitmer.

Adjustments to our usual timelines regarding return of library materials are as follows:

As of Friday, April 24, due dates for ALL materials have been extended through June 30. You do not need to renew any materials through June 30.

All library book returns are closed; do not return any materials in the drive-up or walk-up book returns in the lower level parking lot.

No late fees will accrue during this closure.

WPLD cardholders can access downloadable, streaming or online resources at under the Reading and Research tabs or through these links:

eBooks | eAudiobooks | Movies | Music | Magazines | Online databases

When accessing these resources, have your library card number and PIN handy. Your PIN is your 4-digit birth month and day (mmdd).

Although the library building will be closed, some staff members may be onsite for limited hours. If you have questions, call our main number at 630/393-1171 and leave a message or visit the Contact Us page and email our management team.

Updates about when the library will reopen and timeline for return of materials will be posted here.

At this time, we also plan to post updates and provide information about accessing online library resources on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Please visit one of these sites for more information about Coronavirus (COVID-19):

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Illinois Department of Public Health
DuPage County Health Department

If you have general questions, please call the Illinois COVID-19 hotline via phone at 1-800-889-3931 or send an email to DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV.