Building is Open
On-site Services & Hours
The building is open for Grab-and-Go Carryout Services, including brief visits to browse the collections and use copiers, on-site reference and readers advisory assistance from your librarians, and Foyer Holds Pickup. Hours are 10:00 am–6:00 pm, Monday–Friday, and 10:00 am–5:00 pm, Saturday.
Face coverings or masks over the nose and mouth are required at all times while in the building.
Foyer Holds Pickup
To place items on hold, visit lakeforestlibrary.org/catalog. Once you receive a notification that your items are ready, you have 7 days to pick up your holds from the Library Foyer.
Visits to the building must be no longer than 30 minutes. You can browse the collections and use the copiers and one printer. There will be no seating in extended reading or studying spaces and no access to public computers or the Media Lab. Masks and social distancing are required while in the building, and please do not visit in groups.
Quarantine of returned items
Returned items are currently quarantined for 7 days. The DVD2GO machine automatically quarantines disks for 3 days.
As we all have discovered, the situation is changing rapidly. Please check back on our website or social media pages for the latest information.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to support health and safety measures as recommended by the CDC.
See all updates about the Library's response to COVID-19.
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Latest Press Release
February 17, 2021 – LAKE FOREST Ill – Lake Forest Library and Lake Bluff Public Library are proud to present their joint nonfiction reading program called Read Between the Ravines. This Two Communities, One Nonfiction Book program brings together Lake Forest and Lake Bluff with the purpose of enhanc...Read More
Status of Services and Resources
|⬤||Physical library materials are available for grab-and-go pickup in the Library Foyer. Search the online catalog and place holds on items you would like. You can also call us at 847.234.0636 to place holds.|
|⬤||Interlibrary Loans are currently available. To see items you can borrow from our entire network of area libraries, change the "Limit by" dropdown under the search bar to "All Member Libraries" when searching the catalog.|
|⬤||DVD2GO machine at the West Train Station is available for borrowing and returning DVD2GO DVDs and Blu-Rays. Discs not originally checked out from the DVD2GO machine must be returned to the Library.|
|⬤||Digital resources including eBooks, streaming movies, and most databases are available for access from home to all Lake Forest residents with a library card. Request a temporary virtual library card.|
|⬤||Reference and Readers Advisory services are available. You can contact your librarians by live chat, phone, and email. Request recommendations or a care package.|
|⬤||Virtual Events are available through Zoom and other platforms. Library Live mini programs including live storytimes are available on the Library's Facebook and Instagram pages. For details on how to join, visit our How to Join page.|
|⬤||Book return boxes by Library front door and behind the Library, and book return slots in the wall at the West Train Station, are open and accepting returns. We are a fine-free library.|
|⬤||Library Wi-Fi is available in the building, as well as from outside the building or nearby parking spots (signal strength varies outside). When near the Library building, connect to "Public." Alternatively, you may be able to turn your phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot to use anywhere to connect your nearby devices to the internet.|
|⬤||Print from Anywhere enables you to upload a document to the cloud and we'll print it out for you at the Library and put it in the Foyer for you to pick up. Instructions for using the Print from Anywhere service.|
|⬤||The Building is open for brief visits, carryout, and Foyer pickup of holds. For details, visit lakeforestlibrary.org/carryout.|
|⬤||Public computers are currently unavailable.|
|⬤||The Media Lab is currently unavailable.|
|⬤||Book donations to the Friends are not currently being accepted. Please do not leave any items at the back dock.|