High School Services

High School Services

Teacher Borrowing Privileges

Every K-12 teacher at a school within the city limits of Elmhurst is entitled to teacher borrowing privileges. The highest-ranking administrator (i.e. superintendent, principal, director, home educator) must sign an Agreement of Service* with the Library each school year.

With your teacher card you can:

  • Check out up to 200 physical items at a time, including books, movies, music, and items from our regular collections and special collections such as:
  • Place requests for materials, gathered by Library staff
  • Use the Makery
  • Reserve Meeting Rooms for school-related classes and clubs
  • Take items from the book sale room, free of charge, with your teacher ID

Request Materials

*An Agreement of Service authorizes teacher borrowing privileges for new teachers and for teachers with existing privileges. Teacher borrowing privileges allow you to check out Elmhurst Public Library materials for your classroom. The school or daycare accepts responsibility for replacement costs for materials that are not returned. If you have never had teacher borrowing privileges, first contact your organization’s school librarian or administrative office.


Have us visit your school or classroom, or plan a visit to EPL! We offer a variety of programs, both in-person and virtual (live or pre-recorded):

Themed Book Talks

Teachers may request a visit for a discussion about a book or a book tasting for students to explore new titles.

Special Events Visits

  • Back to school events
  • Curriculum nights
  • Outreach events

Lunchtime Visits

Schedule a time for Elmhurst Public Library to visit your school during lunchtime hours. These visits can be for sharing Library information, button making, sticker making, and more.

Club Visits

Schedule a time for the Teen Engagement Librarian to meet with your after-school club.

Teacher Visits

To help prepare teachers before and throughout the school year, Elmhurst Public Library offers a few different opportunities just for teachers. Elmhurst Public Library can assist with learning Makery equipment, signing teachers up for teacher cards, learning about teacher requests, and more.

Reading Program Promotions

Request a visit to learn more about the reading programs at EPL including Summer and Winter Reading Programs, Reading Adventures, or Challenges on Beanstack.


Request a Visit

Teen Volunteer Program

Students in grades 9-12 can ear volunteer credit hours by assisting with a variety of tasks designated by the Teen Engagement Librarian. Email Eplteen@elmlib.org for more information.

Unincorporated District 205 Students with Income Eligibility

District 205 students who live in unincorporated Elmhurst or in surrounding unincorporated areas who participate in the Federal Free or Reduced-Price School Meal Program may apply for an EPL card free of charge. Learn more about how to get a card.

Contact Us

Libby Mercado
Teen Engagement Librarian (Grades 9-12)
Libby.Mercado@elmlib.org | Eplteen@elmlib.org

For general inquiries, please contact us at TeacherRequests@elmlib.org.


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