Register to Vote at the Library

The Library and the League of Women Voters of Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Area are observing National Voter Registration Day on September 28, 2021. Here’s what you need to know:

Register to vote on 9/28
A voter registrar from the League of Women Voters of Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Area will be at the Library from 2-4pm on September 28.

…or during normal operating hours
Did you know that the Library is an official place of voter registration for Lake County? Visit our Voter Registration page for more information on this service. If you’re planning on coming in on a weekend or evening, we recommend calling ahead to make sure that we have a registrar scheduled to be in.

Masks Required 8/30

Effective Monday, August 30, all patrons visiting the Library will be required to wear a mask, regardless of their personal vaccination status. This is in compliance with the new Illinois Mask Mandate issued by Governor Pritzker. We will have complimentary masks available at the Library for those who forget their masks at home. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

"What should I read next?"

Has this ever happened to you? You know you want to read something, but you’re just not sure what. Maybe you want something that’s just like that great book you read a couple weeks ago, or maybe you’re looking to branch out and try something new.

If this sounds familiar, we have good news: the Library can help! Below are some great reader’s advisory resources that can help you navigate the wild world of what to read next:

In-Person Reader’s Advisory
We have a number of trained reader’s advisors on staff. Come in and talk to one of our staff members working at the reference desk upstairs (or at the main desk in the Children’s Department if you’re looking for youth materials) and we’ll see what we can find for you.

Watch Zoom programs at the Library!

We are happy to announce that patrons can now view Adult Zoom programs at the Library. Have a night out with friends or family, discuss programs with other viewers, and join us in the Spruth Room to view Zoom programs on the big screen. Seating is limited and will be first come for registered viewers, so be sure to sign up! Please call the library or use the online calendar to register. All registrants will receive a Zoom link before the program.

Even MORE public hours starting 4/5

Starting April 5th, the Library will be expanding its public hours:

  • Monday - Thursday from 10am to 9pm
  • Friday 10am to 6pm
  • Saturday 10am to 5pm

As the Library moves back to its pre-pandemic operating schedule, you’ll also notice changes to some of the policies and services that have been put in place over the last year. Here are the changes you’ll want to be aware of:

More Public Hours starting 3/8

Hooray! Starting March 8th, we will be expanding our public hours. Here is what to you need to know:
  • Public hours are scheduled for the following days and times:
    • Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10am-6pm
  • Curbside pickup and remote document services will continue on the following days and times:
    • Tuesdays, Thursdays from 1-6pm
    • Saturdays from 1-5pm
  • Masks are required to enter the building during both public hours and curbside pickup hours.
  • During public hours, the following services will be available:
    • Browsing and checkout
    • Public computer access

Curbside Pickup Resumes 1/19

Curbside Pickup Resuming 1/19

The Library temporarily suspended all in-building services on January 15, 2021 upon learning of a case of COVID-19 on staff. The staff member had no contact with the public and observed all safety protocols, including wearing masks and gloves during their shifts. They are now resting and recovering at home. No additional staff members have tested positive or are reporting COVID-like symptoms. Following the closure of the building, the Library had the building professionally cleaned and disinfected by a company that specializes in COVID-cleanup.