Teacher Handbook


Lori Lorenz
School Services Librarian (Kindergarten-Grade 5)

Shaira Rock
Middle School Services Librarian
(grades 6 – 8)
(630) 279-8696

Patti Palmer
Teen Librarian (Grade 9-12)

As the School Services Librarian and High School Liaison, we are designated to help teachers and school librarians with their educational needs. We will be glad to answer any of your questions. The Library has materials and services available for you and your students. Together we can help your students have positive experiences when using the Library; in this way they will build the skills they need to become life-long learners.We look forward to working with you.

Teacher Borrowing Privileges

Every teacher in Elmhurst District 205 or teachers who teach at a not-for-profit school in incorporated Elmhurst is entitled to teacher borrowing privileges. Teacher borrowing privileges allow you to check out Elmhurst Public Library materials for your classroom. Teacher’s borrowing privileges are automatically renewed each year when we receive the current school rosters. If you are a new teacher or never had teacher borrowing privileges please call or email us and we will contact your school to verify your employment information. If you don’t know whether or not you have teacher borrowing privileges, just ask.

Library Visits

Classes are welcome to visit the Library for an orientation and tour or to do research for a special project. Librarians from the Kids’ Library and Adult Services Departments can give instruction on resources available in the Library for particular assignments, either for individual teachers or class groups.
To enable the School Services Librarian to plan a tour or program that meets your needs, it is important to call to arrange your visit at least two weeks in advance. As an alternative, we are available to visit the schools to do book-talks, storytimes or technology visits as our other duties allow.

Special Services and Collections


Teachers may use the email request for materials: or call the Kids’ Library Help Desk.  We are happy to pull materials that are age-appropriate for your classroom and have them ready for you to pick up and check out for six weeks.  District 205 schools may also have materials sent to them according to the school van delivery schedule..

Elmhurst Public Library Databases

Anyone can access all Elmhurst Public Library databases while inside the Elmhurst Public Library building.  Due to restrictions by the database providers, a valid Elmhurst Public Library card is required to access databases outside the library building.  Teacher borrowing privileges do not include access to Elmhurst Public Library databases outside the building.


Computers are available for use in the Kids’ Library and in Adult Services. The computers provide access to the Internet, Word, Excel, library databases. A limited number of computers feature True Basic and Board Maker. Read Using Computers at the Elmhurst Public Library and the Library’s Internet and Computer Use Agreement.