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!
Hours for Returns are:

Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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

We will accept returns until we reach daily capacity.  Items are quarantined for one week 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:

The Makery

The Makery will reopen later this Summer. Details about our new Makery guidelines and procedures, including equipment reservations, will be shared soon.

3D Printers

The Library is exploring various ways to help the community at this difficult time. One of the most exciting avenues of our research is how we might use our 3D printers to help medical professionals with PPE items. The National Institute of Health just approved the first official 3D printed face shield, and it’s compatible with our equipment! Staff is gearing up to start printing. These face shields 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 June 2, 2020