Library Closed Until Further Notice to Prevent COVID-19 Spread


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.

Return Your Library Materials

It’s time to check your house for library books, DVDs, CDs, magazines, puzzles, discovery packs, science kits and mobile menu items. We want them back!

Beginning Monday, June 8, we will be accepting library materials that were checked out before the closure.

Return items only on these specified days and times:

Over 9,000 items were checked out from our library in February and March. In order to handle this volume of materials in accordance with prevailing safety standards, we have established the following process:

  • Return items only during days and times noted above.
  • Return items only to the specially-designated bin near the lower level entrance.  During inclement weather, return containers may be located just inside the lower level doors.
  • Wear a face covering for your safety and ours.
  • Maintain a social distance of 6 feet as you approach the bin.
  • If you drive to the library, it is okay to pull up to the curb where the return bin is located. Only one person should exit the vehicle to return items. Please observe the one-way direction of the parking lot and be aware of pedestrians.
  • Our usual outdoor book returns remain closed. Please do not leave materials anywhere on our property other than in the designated bin during specified return times. You may be responsible for the value of the items should any damage or loss occur.
  • To ensure the safe handling of all materials, returned items will be placed in quarantine and will remain on your library account for at least 7 days before they are checked in. No fines or fees will accrue on your account.

If you have any questions, please call Member Services at 630/393-1171 x100.




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.

Concerts on the Commons 2020 Postponed

We continue to monitor our region’s progress moving through the phases of Restore Illinois. Although our area is expected to enter Phase 3 this week, gatherings in Phase 3 are limited to 10 or fewer people. This has led us to postpone the start of our summer concert series. No concerts will be held in June. We are working with the June bands to reschedule their performances for Wednesday evenings in September.

An announcement about the July concerts will be made the week of June 22.

The Mirror & The Light by Hilary Mantel

Cover image for THE MIRROR & THE LIGHTBook- The Mirror & the Light is Hilary Mantel’s latest and long awaited conclusion to her Thomas Cromwell trilogy, which began with Wolf Hall and followed up by Bring Up the Bodies. The trilogy covers the historical events of King Henry VIII: his obsession with producing a male heir, break with Catholicism, and eventual marriages to six different women–three of whom meet tragic ends (two by beheading and the other dying following childbirth). Modern readers may not be familiar with Thomas Cromwell, who for about eight years served as Henry’s most trusted advisor. Often portrayed negatively in works such as A Man for All Seasons by George Bernard Shaw, Mantel’s books cast Cromwell more sympathetically and tell the story from his point of view. Spoiler alert! The Mirror & the Light opens with the events following the beheading of Anne Boylen and Cromwell’s dealings with an increasingly desperate and unstable King, while seeking his successive brides.

The close study of Cromwell’s character and state craft at the court of Henry VIII make The Mirror & the Light, as well as the other two books, great. The trilogy might well be described as a sixteenth-century The West Wing. Given how gripping that show is, that tells you all you need to know about Mantel’s impeccable prose. Though The Mirror & the Light is at times dense and slow moving, the quality of her writing and sense of foreboding kept me reading. I especially admired how the King’s inevitable displeasure with Cromwell and the Court’s plotting against him are slowly revealed, then culminate in a highly memorable, ending scene. The Wolf Hall trilogy will appeal to fans of historical fiction and those who enjoy stories of political machinations and betrayal.

The Wolf Hall trilogy is available on Overdrive for digital download on eBook and eAudiobook formats.

Limited Library Services May 27, 2020 (Update May 28, 3 pm)

Update May 28, 3 pm: The upgrade has been completed and all issues have been resolved. Thank you for your patience! If you have any questions or continue to experience problems accessing our resources, please email

Library services will be limited on Wednesday, May 27 between 9 am and 1 pm while we upgrade our catalog system.

During the upgrade:

• Electronic services that require a library card account number and PIN, such as online databases, OverDrive/Libby, Hoopla and RBdigital eMagazines, will be unavailable.

• Our online catalog will offer limited functionality; you will be unable to log in to your account or see the status of our materials.

If you have any questions about this upgrade, please email Note: Staff will also have limited access to electronic resources during the upgrade.


Celebrating Asian and Pacific Heritage Month

eBooks— May is Asian and Pacific Heritage Month and to celebrate, I have goodies!

Cover image for Oceanic

In these strange and uncertain times, there is no shortage emotions of what we feel from one day to the next. Reconnecting with life outside of our self and our devices to the natural world is now a driving need. Oceanic by Aimee Nezhukumatathil  is a collection of free and formal poems that appeal to our different moods especially, as we vigorously seek to fulfill a desire for connectedness. She uses simple, but alluring imagery, observing life’s details.

TheseCover image for Go Home! times have also set off waves of of anti-Asian xenophobia, discrimination and violence amid cities and communities where generations of Americans have long held jobs, businesses and homes. Go Home! is a anthology featuring fiction, memoir and poetry from a diverse group of Asian writers who explore what home is and what it means in the 21st century. This dynamic work meaningfully and poignantly reflects how we identify ourselves in the world and at home.

Oceanic and Go Home are available on Hoopla.

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!

House of Trelawney by Hannah Rothschild

House of TrelawneyAudiobook – Sometimes, the best little pleasures are discovered by accident. Needing an audiobook in a hurry, I found House of Trelawney, a Downton Abbey set in the 1980’s and besieged by total financial ruin.

Trelawney Castle has been around some 700 years.  Life should be glamorous for a titled aristocrat living in a place with turrets, follies, a room for every day of the year and four miles of corridors amid 500,000 acres. Instead, the castle is in shambles, crumbling around its inhabitants and lacking heat. Living with Kitto, the current heir and the 25th Earl of Trelawney are:  his wife, Jane; their three children; his frail parents and Aunt Tuffy, who is obsessed with studying fleas. Centuries of ancestors’ squandering of fortunes, wars, and taxes, has left little to maintain the estate once boasting 85 servants. The family is in danger of losing their home unless they obtain funds and/or devise a feasible plan. 

The dysfunctional Trelawney’s interact with other delightful and eccentric characters, who involve themselves in attempts to save the castle. Complete with villains, romance, friendship, determination, and tests of family loyalty–The House of Trelawney has everything to keep you listening and guessing whether the house can be saved!

Check out The House of Trelawney, available now on Hoopla.

Discover Your Next Read

Looking for something new to read? Let us do the browsing for you! Fill out a simple form telling us a little bit about who you are and what you like to read, and within two to three business days a librarian will get back to you with at least two books (maybe more!) that we think you’ll love. Since our physical collections are unavailable right now, we promise they’ll be books that you can stream or download through Hoopla or Libby.

Tell us if you prefer audiobooks, if you’re dying for a new arranged marriage romance novel, or if you’re looking to learn something new. We miss chatting with you, and we can’t wait to help you discover your next read. Get started right away at