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Monday, July 22, 2024  |  9 am – 9 pm

Monday – Thursday: 9 am – 9 pm
Friday: 9 am – 6 pm
Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday: 1 – 5 pm


3D Printing

Glen Ellyn Public Library makes 3D printers available for use by the public to support the ever-changing and constantly evolving technology needs of the community. 3D printing, also called additive manufacturing, means making things layer by layer according to a 3D design file. Glen Ellyn Public Library makes 3D printers available to members of the… Read More

Access to Evolving Technology

Glen Ellyn Public Library is committed to providing technology necessary to meet visitor expectations with respect to its primary mission and functions. In this regard the library's strongest priority is to support and maintain the library website, the online catalog, and access to all other electronic reference databases and software available on its computers. In… Read More

Adult Residents

Adults living within the boundaries of Glen Ellyn Public Library District may register for a library card. The library card is free for district residents. To obtain your library card, come to the Library Services Desk with two forms of identification: one picture ID and one item that shows your name and current address. Options… Read More


Animals are not allowed in the library, with the exception of seeing-eye dogs or other assistive animals used by persons with disabilities, or in conjunction with library-sponsored programs. Read More

Basic Rights – General

Glen Ellyn Public Library upholds the individual’s right of access to the reading, viewing, and listening materials of their choice, the freedom to read, view, or listen to these materials and the freedom to enjoy these basic rights in the absence of external pressure or oversight by those who would obstruct free choice. In fulfillment… Read More

Behavioral Expectations

Glen Ellyn Public Library makes its facilities available to the public to provide an environment in which persons may conveniently locate and borrow materials, access special informational resources, request informational assistance from staff, read and study quietly, and use the library’s meeting rooms. Activities and behaviors that interfere with these public uses are prohibited. Persons… Read More

Borrowing Restrictions

The privilege of checking out library materials may be denied to a person who has accumulated fines above a specified threshold overdue materials past a certain timeframe a household block an open collection agency account Restrictions and thresholds are outlined further in Appendix K: Loan Periods, Renewals, Fees, and Borrowing Restrictions.… Read More


Any corporation, partnership, sole proprietorship, church, or unit of government located in the incorporated Village of Glen Ellyn is eligible for a library card free of charge at Glen Ellyn Public Library under the following conditions. The owner or manager of the organization completes the Business Library Card Application and presents a photo ID and… Read More

Capital Assets and Depriciation

Purpose Capital assets purchased or constructed by Glen Ellyn Public Library represent a major investment by the taxpayers. The purpose of this policy is to set forth the accounting policy as to how capital assets are to be accounted for and reported. Capital Asset Definition Capital assets are major assets that benefit more than a… Read More

Children in the Library

Glen Ellyn Public Library welcomes children to use its facilities and services. However, parents are responsible for the behavior of their children while they are on library premises, whether or not the parents are present. Children Under Seven (7) Years of Age Children under seven years of age (or who have not completed the first… Read More


General Except in the case of emergency closures as stated below, the library Board of Trustees solely determines library closures. Holiday The library is closed on the following holidays New Year’s Day Easter Sunday Memorial Day (observed) Independence Day Labor Day Thanksgiving Eve, 5 pm Thanksgiving Day Christmas Eve Christmas Day New Year’s Eve, 1… Read More

Code Adam

A missing child is a serious issue and should be addressed quickly and decisively by staff. For the safety of all children who visit Glen Ellyn Public Library, the library has instituted Code Adam Procedures. Glen Ellyn Public Library staff are trained in Code Adam Procedures, which aim to reunite a lost child with their… Read More

Code of Conduct

Every visitor has the right to use library spaces and services undisturbed, and library staff has the right to work without undue interference. All visitors and staff should be free from any threat of harm, invasion of privacy, or gross indignity. Those whose conduct is disruptive to library operations and other visitor’s use of the… Read More

Collection Development Guidelines

The current version of the collection development guidelines for the Adult and Youth collections are included as Appendix G: Collection Development Plan and Appendix H: Collection Development Plan - Youth. Read More

Collection Development Plan

It is the policy of Glen Ellyn Public Library to develop and maintain a superior collection of materials with available financial resources. It is the policy of Glen Ellyn Public Library to seek input from diverse resources in the community regarding purchase suggestions. Further, it is the policy of the library not to use its… Read More

Collection Development Plan – Youth

The Youth Department Director has responsibility for the collection and delegates collection management roles as needed. “Collection” in this document refers to the Youth collection. Selection Guidelines Print All titles are selected with the intent of being within the general interest of children from birth through eighth grade, their grownups, and any persons who have… Read More

Confidentiality of Library Cardholder Records

As a corollary to its endorsement of the freedom to read, Glen Ellyn Public Library follows State law regarding public access to its registration and circulation records. (75 ILCS 70/1 Library Records Confidentiality Act, Registration and Circulation Records - Statistical Reports) (Appendix D: Library Records Confidentiality Act). Library cardholder registration records and the records of… Read More

Display and Exhibit Areas

Bulletin boards are available for announcements of community events and programs of cultural or educational interest. They are not available for the purpose of advertising solely commercial endeavors. Use of the bulletin board, display case or other display areas is scheduled through the Adult and Youth departments on a first-come, first-served basis. Those who use… Read More

Donation Guidelines

Glen Ellyn Public Library does not have sufficient space or atmospheric or security controls to be considered a suitable place for any but a very few pieces of permanently displayed works of art or historic artifacts. The library primarily confines itself to providing a location for temporary displays of local art from community residents, typically… Read More

Emerging Author Collection

The library wishes to support self-published authors whose works may not yet meet all of the criteria for the permanent collection. The library will establish an Emerging Author Collection that will be subject to the following guidelines. Books will be accepted as donations from the author or publisher and selected for inclusion in the Emerging… Read More

Exam Proctoring

Staff at the 2nd Floor Information Desk are available to proctor exams. Exam proctoring is free for Glen Ellyn residents. Non-residents can pay a $10 per exam fee when the exam is taken. The library offers a quiet place to take an exam and staff to verify students’ identities. Staff do not sit with the… Read More

Fines and Overdue Materials

Library fines have been established to encourage cardholders to return materials in a timely fashion so that they may be used by others, but at the same time not unduly penalize any individual in their transactions with the library. A schedule of fines for all materials is listed in Appendix K: Loan Periods, Renewals, Fees,… Read More

Formal Instruction and Orientation

Instruction classes in the use of various forms of technology and library resources are provided on a regular basis. Visitors are encouraged to ask at the 2nd Floor Information Desk whenever they have questions of any kind. Orientation tours and library instruction for groups can be provided with sufficient advance notice.… Read More

General Criteria for Selection

The selection of materials will be governed by the Mission statement and support the library’s areas of emphasis. To enable citizens to form their own opinions, the library will attempt to provide materials that present a variety of points of view. Due to the vast number of titles published and the limits of the library’s… Read More

Gift Materials/Furniture/Equipment/Art/Other Items

Glen Ellyn Public Library is grateful for all gifts. Its collection has been enriched and enhanced by many generous donations of money, books, periodicals, and other materials. Gifts to the library are tax deductible pursuant to Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code. Valuation of non-monetary gifts is the responsibility of the donor. Although unrestricted… Read More

Home Delivery Service

Glen Ellyn Public Library will arrange for delivery of library materials to cardholders currently residing in the Village of Glen Ellyn who are unable to visit the library in person due to a permanent or temporary physical disability. A doctor’s certificate may be required. A staff member in the Adult department will be designated to… Read More

Identity Protection

The policy with Regard to the Collection, Use, Disclosure and Protection of Individuals’ Social Security Numbers is intended to comply with Public Act 96-0874 of the State of Illinois, cited as the Identity Protection Act (“Act”). This policy does not supersede any more restrictive law, rule, or regulation regarding the collection, use, or disclosure of… Read More

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan is available to Glen Ellyn Public Library cardholders if the material needed is not available in the library. The library adheres to the State of Illinois Interlibrary Loan Code and therefore cannot request to borrow items of a type that we would not lend to another library. Items not available through interlibrary loan… Read More

Internet Guests

Persons over 18 not residing in Glen Ellyn may register for an Internet Guest card by presenting a picture ID at the 2nd Floor Information Desk. The guest card allows access to the public internet stations inside the library for one year but does not provide any borrowing privileges or remote database access. This service… Read More

Internet Use

Glen Ellyn Public Library provides information resources to its staff and members through the internet. The library also provides a limited selection of software on public desktop computers and laptops. We make these services available as part of our mission to serve the community as a vibrant center for accurate information, robust learning, and personal… Read More


Purpose and Scope The purpose of this policy statement is to outline the responsibilities, general objectives, and specific guidelines for management of public funds by Glen Ellyn Public Library. Its scope is all funds of the library. Responsibilities All investment policies and procedure of Glen Ellyn Public Library will be in accordance with Illinois law.… Read More

Loan Periods, Renewals, Fees, and Borrowing Restrictions

Notices Cardholders can choose to receive notices via email, text, phone, or mail. Notices are a courtesy and do not relieve the cardholder of responsibility. Renewal notices and/or Courtesy notices are sent two days prior to an item’s due date. Overdue notices for unreturned items are sent when item reaches 7 days 21 days overdue.… Read More

Lost and Damaged Materials

Materials borrowed via any mechanism are the responsibility of the library cardholder. The current available price (not necessarily the original purchase price) plus a processing fee to help defray the cost of labor and materials is the responsibility of any cardholder who borrows and loses or damages any library material. In the case of children… Read More

Lost or Damaged Library Cards

There is a $3 fee to replace a lost or damaged library card. Cardholders are responsible for all items on their library card. To prevent unauthorized use of their library cards, cardholders should immediately report lost or stolen cards. All cases of unauthorized use are the full responsibility of the cardholder. Once the library has… Read More


The makerspace is available for use by Glen Ellyn Public Library cardholders during its posted hours. It is an open, collaborative environment to facilitate learning, creativity, and connection. Makerspace equipment may only be used for lawful purposes in accordance with copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code), patent law (Title 35, U.S. Code), and library policies,… Read More

Materials Lending – General

Persons wishing to borrow library materials must have a valid Glen Ellyn Public Library card and be in good standing according to library policy. A valid reciprocal borrowing card from most other Illinois public libraries entitles a cardholder who resides in another library service area to borrow circulating Glen Ellyn materials, subject to other restrictions… Read More

Media Production on Library Property

Individuals interested in tape recording, photographing, filming, etc. on library premises for non-commercial purposes must obtain permission from the library, in the form of a signed Media Production Agreement (Appendix W: Media Production Agreement) Specific permission for the audio recording or filming of any person in the library must be granted by that individual. No… Read More

Meeting Rooms

Purpose The North and South Meeting Rooms are designed primarily to meet the operational needs of the library and offer accommodations for educational, informational, cultural, and civic functions of the Glen Ellyn Community. The meeting rooms may not be used for private social functions, programs which are not suitable for the library’s physical facilities, or… Read More

Memorial/Commemorative Gifts

The library is happy to accept gifts in memory or in honor of an individual or organization subject to the general criteria stated above. Memorial/commemorative gift materials will be integrated into the general collection and acknowledged by a bookplate, when appropriate, or a sign on or near the item. Cash donated as memorials or commemorative… Read More

Minor Residents

All persons under 18 years of age who apply for a library card must have a resident adult parent or legal guardian sign their registration form at the time the card is issued. The adult must provide two forms of ID, specified in the Adult Resident section. The adult’s signature establishes acceptance by the parent… Read More

Nonresident Glen Ellyn Property Owners

An individual who owns property within the corporate limits of Glen Ellyn but does not reside within the Village limits is entitled to receive a library card, based on the provisions of Illinois State law (75 ILCS 16/30-55.60). Nonresident taxpayers must present their most current property tax statement along with an ID from List A… Read More

Opioid Overdose Prevention Program

To combat the continuing rise in opioid related deaths in Illinois and potentially save a life, Glen Ellyn Public Library has instituted an Opioid Overdose Prevention Program. This document sets forth the required policies and procedures necessary to provide and maintain intranasal naloxone on-site to ensure ready and appropriate access for use during emergencies to… Read More

Patron Discipline Procedures and Guidelines

General Statement of Purpose The intent of this document is to provide guidance to the staff of Glen Ellyn Public Library in determining appropriate discipline for patron misbehavior while on library grounds. Legal Basis for Action Glen Ellyn Public Library’s legal basis for discipline directed toward users of the library is based on two sections… Read More


A. Introduction This Employee Handbook contains information on policies and benefits of Glen Ellyn Public Library. All employees are provided with a Handbook so that they may become more familiar with the library. It is expected that employees will take the time to acquaint themselves with its contents. Because it will be necessary to make… Read More

Persons/Residents Residing in

Residents Residing in Transitional Housing Residents in transitional housing may apply for a library card by presenting their housing contract or lease and an ID from List A. Borrowing privileges will be extended to one designated individual and the library card will expire after three years or on the date the contract expires, whichever occurs… Read More

Photography and Video

The library has a significant interest in maintaining an environment that allows cardholders to freely access library information and resources. This significant interest requires the library to maintain policies that protect the privacy of its cardholders and staff and ensures their freedom from harassment, intimidation, and threats to their safety and well-being. In order to… Read More

Price Review and Diminished Value Charges

The Cost of Original Purchase will automatically be assessed for any item which is lost or damaged beyond repair and for which a current price can be found. An Average Replacement Cost will be assessed for any item which is lost or damaged beyond repair and for which a current price cannot be found. If… Read More

Privacy in Library Use

No organization, business or individual shall be permitted to solicit information directly from cardholders or staff within the library without written permission. Read More


The library is committed to presenting an array of programs for persons of all ages. Glen Ellyn Public Library cardholders will be given preference in program registration if demand exceeds available resources.… Read More

Public Records

It is the intent of the Board of Trustees of Glen Ellyn Public Library to comply with the requirements and provisions of the Freedom of Information Act of the State of Illinois. In order to implement this law, it is necessary for the library to maintain and provide appropriate accessibility to library records covered by… Read More

Public Service Standards of Excellence

Our Vision Create and expect an atmosphere of courtesy, respect, and dignity. Each customer service encounter with both members and staff can impact a person’s perceptions of the library. We will strive to provide a consistent level of excellent service that fosters good communication, is equitable, and is personalized for people of all ages and… Read More


The library will maintain a suitable location in the library displaying the names of donors contributing $1,000 or more. Read More

Reconsideration of Library Materials

Requests for withdrawal or restriction of access to any library material shall be referred to the director of the department in which the material is located. If a discussion with the department director does not result in a satisfactory outcome, they should be referred to the Library Director. In the event that a discussion with… Read More

Reference Services

General Glen Ellyn Public Library is committed to providing excellent reference service to all cardholders, regardless of age, race, sex, disability, social, or economic status. Staff of the Adult and Youth departments will assist visitors in the use of reference resources and library materials; provide current, accurate information in a timely manner; provide readers’ advisory… Read More


Nonresident fees are refundable on a prorated basis, based on the remaining full months of use, if: the purchaser’s property is annexed to the Village and the library is on the purchaser’s property tax bill for the same year that the library card was purchased, or all active cards are surrendered, all outstanding materials are… Read More

Residents of Newly Developed Property / Developers’ Impact Fee

To compensate for the impact of new housing on library services, through the immediate request from residents for services preceding any property tax being assessed against new construction, the library requires developers of new residential real estate in the Village of Glen Ellyn to pay for an impact fee which covers the cost of services… Read More

School and Partner Organizations

Any school located in Glen Ellyn or part of a Glen Ellyn School District or a partner organization providing student support services to Glen Ellyn schools, is eligible for a library card free of charge at Glen Ellyn Public Library under the following conditions: The school or organization has a librarian or designated staff member… Read More

Search Warrants

Glen Ellyn Public Library will cooperate with Law Enforcement Officials to allow access to items within the scope of the Search Warrant while at the same time seeking to protect the rights of patrons in accordance with the Illinois Library Records Confidentiality Act (75 ILCS 70/1-2) Designated Library Official The Library Director will handle all… Read More

Security Cameras

Security cameras are used to enhance the safety and security of library users and staff by discouraging violations of the library’s Code of Conduct, to assist library staff in preventing the occurrence of any violations, and when necessary, to provide law enforcement assistance in prosecuting criminal activity while adhering to the applicable federal, state, and… Read More

Smoking, Tobacco, Food, and Beverages

The use of tobacco products is not permitted in the library. Glen Ellyn Public library is a smoke-free campus. Smoking is prohibited within the building and on library grounds. Nonalcoholic beverages in enclosed containers and light meals are permitted in public areas of the library. Please dispose of trash and clean up after yourself. Food… Read More

Social Media Comment

The purpose of the Glen Ellyn Public Library social media platforms is to disseminate information about and discuss Library programs and services and relevant community events. As a result, the Library's social media accounts are a limited public forum. The Glen Ellyn Public Library will review all comments and posts for appropriate content. Any comments… Read More

Solicitation and Fundraising

Solicitation within the library or on library property is not permitted. Receptacles No organization or individual shall be permitted to place in the library any receptacle that solicits donations. Tickets No organization or individual shall be permitted to sell tickets of any kind or ask library staff to sell tickets of any kind within the… Read More

Study Rooms

Enclosed study rooms are available in both the Youth and Adult departments. In the Adult Department, these rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis for high school students, adults, or younger children who are accompanied by an adult. Library staff will impose a two hour time limit when others are waiting. Users must check… Read More

Suicide Response

If the person is in imminent danger of attempting to commit suicide or of causing harm to himself or others, the staff member should, as calmly as possible, attempt to obtain that person’s name, location (address and nearby landmarks), and contact the police at 911. If the threat is not imminent, the staff member should… Read More

Unincorporated (Non) Residents

Some residents who live in unincorporated Glen Ellyn or in unincorporated towns other than Glen Ellyn who have a student attending school in District 41 or District 89 or at Glenbard South or Glenbard West may qualify for the Open Books Open Doors library card subsidy program. Individuals living outside the incorporated Village of Glen… Read More

Unincorporated Residents Residing on Tax-Exempt Property

Unincorporated residents living on tax-exempt property may apply for a library card by providing two forms of ID as stated above. The applicant will be charged a fee equal to the annual library tax extension divided by the number of households in the Village of Glen Ellyn counted in the most recent municipal census. Cards… Read More


An up-to-date, attractive, and currently useful collection is maintained through a continual discarding and replacement process. Materials may be discarded when they have outlived their usefulness through one or more of the following factors. Physical deterioration Obsolete information Publication of superior materials on the same subject Lack of use Additional Weeding criteria are listed in… Read More

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