Covid-19 Response

Coronavirus and Your Library

June 2020 –  A letter to Elmhurst residents about reopening the Library building to the public on Monday, June 15 from Mary Beth Harper, Library Director.

May 2020 – A letter to Elmhurst residents regarding plans for a phased reopening from Mary Beth Harper, Library Director.

April 2020A letter to Elmhurst residents regarding the extension of the Library building’s closure and expanded virtual services from Mary Beth Harper, Library Director, and the Library’s Board of Trustees.

March 2020A letter to Elmhurst residents regarding the decision to close the Library and information about the drive-up window from Mary Beth Harper, Library Director, and the Library’s Board of Trustees.

The Library takes community health seriously. We are actively monitoring COVID-19 (coronavirus) news and taking into consideration the latest recommendations from public health experts.

Returning Materials

The Library is now accepting Returns!
We will accept returns until we reach daily capacity.

Returns are only accepted at the east entrance of the Library (parking lot side). Drive-up book drops are closed.

Items are quarantined for 3 days and stay on patron records while in quarantine.

Fines do not accrue until the building opens to the public.

Thank you for helping us get our 44,000 items back!

Online Library Card Application

Elmhurst residents can sign up for a temporary digital-only account. Physical cards will be made available after the Library reopens.

In-Person Programs and Meetings Canceled

As a preventative measure, all Library programs are canceled. Additionally, all meeting room and study room reservations made by outside groups are canceled. Current info will be reflected here and on our program calendar. 

Check out EPL @ Home, and enjoy Library programs from the comfort of your home.

Digital Loan Rules: What’s Changed

Enjoy expanded access to digital materials. Check out the updated digital loan rules here.

Online Services

Since social distancing is recommended, we’d like to remind the Elmhurst community that there are many Library services you can use from home with your Library card. Here are just a few:

Account Services:

Phone, chat and email now available:

Curbside Pickup

  • Fill out our EPL Media Takeout form and our expert staff will pull a mix of materials based on your responses and interests.

The Makery

The Makery is not currently available for use due to social distancing practices. This page will be updated when the Makery is available again. We are accepting 3D print requests.

3D Printers

The Library is exploring various ways to help the community. One of the most exciting avenues of our research is how we can use our 3D printers to help medical professionals with PPE items. The National Institute of Health approved an official 3D printed face shield, and it’s compatible with our equipment! Staff are currently printing face shields, which have been approved for donation by Elmhurst Hospital.


If you are interested in Library-related news, please sign up for our weekly eNewsletter.

We recommend getting health updates from the following agencies:

World Health Organization: WHO
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: CDC
Illinois Department of Public Health: IDPH
DuPage County Health Department
City of Elmhurst

For local community updates, sign up for Elmhurst Emergency Alerts.

We will continue to make announcements on this page as needed. 

Thank you for your understanding and be well. 


Updated July 21, 2020