Grab & Go at the Warrenville Public Library District

Updated 7/28/20 with reciprocal borrower Q&A at end.

It’s time to come back to the Library! Things will look and feel a little different as we welcome back our community. Please review this information carefully so you know what to expect when you visit us. Before you visit, be sure your library card is in good standing by visiting My Account, emailing Member Services or calling 630/393-1171 x100.

As of July 27, our building will open to the public with limited hours for Grab & Go service.

Grab & Go Library Hours

Vulnerable Population All Visitors
Monday 10 am–11 am 11 am–2 pm
Tuesday 2 pm–3 pm   3 pm–6 pm
Wednesday 10 am–11 am 11 am–2 pm
Thursday 2 pm–3 pm   3 pm–6 pm
Friday 10 am–11 am 11 am–2 pm
Saturday 10 am–11 am 11 am–2 pm

New requirements for in-library visits:

  • Do not enter if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or are sick
  • Wear a face covering at all times
  • Maintain social distancing (stand 6’+ apart)
  • Enter the building only at Stafford Place entrance (the lower level entrance will continue to be used for Curbside Service pick up and returns)
  • Limit visits to one hour per day (including computer use)
  • Use hand sanitizer frequently
  • Use self-checkout stations
  • Make reservation for computer use (details below)
  • Capacity limits for visitors and staff
  • No food or drink allowed
  • Restrooms for library users only

Available Services

  • Browsing and check out: books, audiobooks, DVDs, CDs and magazines
  • Member Services Desk:
    • Library card registration, renewal and replacement
    • Check out mobile devices
    • Account payments accepted—prefer credit/debit card or check
    • Earbuds and flash drives available for sale
  • Reference and readers advisory at Youth and Adult Services Desks
  • Computer use—reservation required (details below)
  • Fax machine, scanner and copier (details below)
  • Wireless printing
  • Catalog computers in 3 locations to search for and place holds on library materials
  • Self-checkout stations in 2 locations
  • Read & Return paperbacks (now located in Adult Services near magazines)
  • Return items in building
  • Curbside Service for pick up and returns will continue while demand lasts

Unavailable Services and Features

  • Discovery Room
  • iPads in Youth Services
  • Teen Lounge
  • Study Rooms
  • Meeting Room
  • Quiet Room
  • In-person events
  • In-person Book a Librarian assistance (Email or call 630/393-1171 x121 to discuss remote help options.)
  • Water fountains and water bottle refill stations
  • Vending machines
  • VHS conversion to DVD conversion
  • In-library laptops
  • Interlibrary Loans
  • Furniture and seating
  • Museum Adventure Passes

Unavailable Collections

  • Science kits
  • Discovery packs
  • Board books
  • Puzzles
  • Some mobile devices (green screen, photo lights, photo tent/light box, laptops)
  • Newspapers

Computer Use and Fax/Scan/Copy

WPLD cardholders may place a reservation by calling 630/393-1171 x121. Drop-in sessions, if available, may be requested at the Youth and Adult Services Desks.

Computer use is limited to one 45-minute session per day. No extensions. Computer use counts toward an individual’s daily hour-long visit.

Printing and copying costs $0.10 per page for black and white and $0.25 per page for color. We are unable to make change; please bring change and small bills suitable to the cost of your print/copy job.

The fax/scan/copy station is available on a first come, first served, drop-in basis.

What is the Library doing to keep visitors and staff safe?

The health and safety of our visitors and staff are of the utmost importance. The Library is following guidelines and best practices from the Centers for Disease Control, Illinois Department of Public Health and DuPage County Health Department.

  • Limited staff are working in the building at the same time.
  • Staff report to work only if they are healthy.
  • PPE and training on proper distancing and material handling has been provided to all staff.
  • Facial coverings are required for staff and visitors.
  • Plexiglass barriers have been installed at service desks and public use computers.
  • Hand sanitizer has been placed in several locations with reminders to use frequently.
  • The keyboards and mice on public use computers will be removed and replaced after each use; these items will be cleaned for later use.
  • Workspaces are regularly cleaned.
  • High touch areas will be cleaned more frequently.
  • Furniture and seating have been removed.
  • All returned items are quarantined for at least 3 days before they are checked in.
  • All books, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks and magazines that visitors take from shelves but decide not to check out will be quarantined for 3 days.

What if I can’t wear a mask?

According to a recently adopted Library Use Policy, all visitors, except children under 2 years old, who enter the building must wear a face covering, including during vulnerable population hours. WPLD members who are unable to wear a mask are encouraged to use our Curbside Service option to pick up materials.

Will the Library still offer Curbside Service once you reopen?

Yes! Curbside Service will still be available for pickup and returns while demand warrants at our lower level entrance during designated hours.

How can I return my books and other materials? Are the book drops open?

Our permanent book drops near our lower level entrance remain closed. You can return materials inside the building during Grab & Go hours or outside in our Returns bin during curbside service hours.

How can I use the Library if I don’t feel comfortable coming in yet?

Use our contactless curbside service to pick up and return library materials. Many of the library’s services are available digitally!

  • Get eBooks, magazines, movies, music and audiobooks digitally at our eMedia page—all you need is your WPLD library card and PIN.
  • Online databases are filled with professional development and learning tools to help you work from home, find a new hobby or hone a new skill. To locate these databases, click on the Reference tab at
  • Email a librarian! If you have a reference question, need help using our eMedia collection or want a book recommendation, email or You can also call us at 630/393-1171 x121.
  • Fill out a Discover Your Next Read form to get a list of personalized book recommendations.
  • Virtual events, either prerecorded or live via Zoom, are available to the public. For details, view our Events Calendar and Programs on Demand.
  • Sign up for eNews to learn about the latest virtual services and events.

How can I connect with you?

  • Email us at or and a staff member will respond as soon as possible.
  • Call us at 630/393-1171 x121 during Grab & Go hours or leave a voicemail after hours and a staff member will respond as soon as possible.
  • Look for us when you visit. Staff will be wearing yellow safety vests so they are easy to find when you need assistance.

I do not live in Warrenville but have a reciprocal account at WPLD. Can I participate in Grab & Go service at WPLD?

  • Yes! If you don’t live within Warrenville Public Library District but have a registered card at your home library, you can use that card to check out materials and utilize our public computers. If you don’t have a reciprocal account or your library card is expired, please visit or call our Member Services Desk at 630/393-1171 x100. You must show a photo ID and your home library card.

Do-It-Yourself Storytimes

Do your kids miss listening to books, learning new rhymes, and singing and dancing at Library storytimes? Our Do-It-Yourself Storytimes are the perfect way for parents to help their young children dream themselves into another place in the universe, go on adventures and learn a few new things about the world all from the comfort of home.

  Our DIY Storytimes include themed reading and listening resources from Hoopla, OverDrive, Tumblebooks and other online sites so that the fun and learning can go on, even while our building is closed. The best part for parents? You can share these stories with your kids at a time that’s convenient to you and at your own pace. You can also pick and choose what elements to include based on your child’s interests and comprehension levels.

Here is a list of DIY Storytimes with links to their resources:

Miss Diana’s Toddler Time
Snuggle Up
Earth Care
Jungle Fun Storytime and Rhyme Time
Under the Sea Storytime and Rhyme Time

More DIY Storytimes are listed under Programs On Demand at 

If you have any questions, please contact our Youth Services Desk at 630/393-1171 x124 or 

Staying Productive While Working Remotely

Online Learning Database—Available 24/7.

As we continue to make our way together through the phases of the Restore Illinois Plan, you may still need some help dealing with the challenges of working from home and maintaining a work/life balance. from LinkedIn is a free resource available to WPLD members that provides access to articles, videos and courses to help improve professional skills while working from home.

For many companies and employees, working from home is a relatively new experience. has courses that directly address creating a productive work space and communicating effectively with co-workers from a distance. A good introduction to this topic is “Tips for Working Remotely”, presented by Todd Dewett, who discusses productivity at home and the common challenges faced by those still somewhat new to working remotely.

To find out more about why is a go-to resource when it comes to developing business skills in several industries, search its extensive list of courses and video tutorials available for free to WPLD members at:

If you have questions about or any of our online databases, please email


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.


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

Discover Your Ancestors through the U.S. Census

Discover Your Ancestors through the U.S. Census

Did you know census records are one of the best ways to discover details about your family? If you’re working on your family tree, use Ancestry Library Edition for free. (Digital access available while our building is closed.)

You can find out names, addresses, occupations and military history. You might even uncover who was the first in your family to arrive in the United States! The U.S. Census has been conducted every 10 years since 1790. As U.S. census records aren’t released until 72 years after a census is conducted, the most recent census data available are from 1940. Begin your genealogy research there, then work your way back using details you learn to help you locate your family in earlier censuses.

Interestingly, each census posed unique questions. From the 1920 census you can find out when your ancestors became citizens. The 1910 census will tell you if a man was a veteran of the Civil War and the 1900 census will tell you the number of children a woman has had. The 2020 census won’t be released until 2092! So make sure to fill out the census form so future generations can find you.

We’re here to help you complete your current U.S. Census form and answer questions about Ancestry Library Edition. You can email a librarian at: