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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book – Have you ever read a graphic novel? In addition to the big-name superhero comics that inspire blockbuster movies, we offer graphic novel memoirs, histories, character-driven romance and horror stories. Delve into the story of Josephine Baker and lose yourself in the beautiful surrealist artwork, or explore a popular Japanese manga series. The combination of text and artwork is a different type of storytelling worth checking out.
Give a graphic novel a chance and take one home the next time you’re here, or browse our online offerings in Hoopla. We have several collections of graphic novels. Search our catalog or visit us at the Youth or Adult Services Desks to find graphic novels suitable for all ages and interests.
If you usually browse Hoopla using the app, you’re missing out on some neat tricks you can do using the website. Hoopla offers ebooks from a wide range of small, specialty publishers, from Arcadia Publishing’s local history collections to Dreamspinner Press’s romance and erotica to ChiZine’s horror and weird fiction and Open Road Media’s ebook editions of classic science fiction, fantasy, and mystery novels. Unfortunately Hoopla doesn’t offer a good way to browse publishers directly, but there’s a way around that.
If you know the name of the publisher, you can search for it directly in the in the main search box. But if you don’t know the publisher’s name, or you’ve stumbled across a book that looks good, you can click on the publisher’s name in the top left corner of the item detail window and see everything from that publisher that’s available on Hoopla.
Obviously this isn’t as interesting with large publishers like Macmillan or Harper Collins, who offer a little bit of everything, but finding a good small press that matches your interests is like finding a well-read friend (or librarian!) who’s read dozens of things you’ve never heard of. Take the time to browse a little bit and see what new treasures you can discover!