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.
*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.
If you have a class assignment or required reading lists, let us know! We can pull materials to temporarily house on our Homework Shelf in the Kids’ Library for your students to easily find and check out. We also keep copies of required reading lists at the Kids’ Desk for easy reference when your students come to visit us for assistance.
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.
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):
Teachers may request a visit for a discussion about a book or a book tasting for students to explore new titles.
Teachers may request a demonstration from the Library on how to use STREAM kit or teacher kit materials. Please view Special Collections for a complete list of kits that are available.
Elmhurst Public Library offers a variety of databases for patrons to access at home with their EPL card, or in the building on a public computer without a library card. This visit is an informative visit to teach students how to use the databases.
Schedule a time for Elmhurst Public Library to visit your school during lunchtime hours. These visits can be for sharing Library information, showing students STREAM and teacher kits, button making, sticker making, and more.
Schedule a time for Elmhurst Public Library to meet with your after-school club.
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.
We love to encourage your students’ participation in our Winter and Summer Reading Programs here at Elmhurst Library. We plan for these visits and promotions in December (Winter) and April/May (Summer).
The middle school volunteer program has four sessions throughout the year: Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. To apply, middle schoolers can visit elmlib.org/volunteer.
This Middle School Influencers Club is a space for Middle Schoolers to become more involved in their Library. This club gives an opportunity for students in grades 6-8 to plan programs, help with storytimes, decorate the Hangout Space, discuss books, and hang out. Middle School Library Influencers will meet the first Monday of each month from 6-7pm, unless otherwise stated. You can register to attend a meeting using the program sign up registration.
Middle School Coordinator (Grades 6-8)
For general inquiries, please contact us at TeacherRequests@elmlib.org.