Essential Actions and Services During COVID-19

Libraries are uniquely positioned to protect the health and safety of the residents of Illinois. To help identify the essential services that libraries are providing through the COVID-19 crisis, libraries have provided information about essential actions they are performing during this period of general building closure by the governor's order.

  • Target Audience options: Child, Teen, Adult, Senior
  • Action/Service Type options: Digital Connectivity, Business Economic Stability, Communitcation,
    Individual/Family Financial Stability, Food/Nutrition, Education and Childcare,
    Medical/Behavioral Health, Participatory Governance

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Library Name City Library Type Population Impacted Action/Service Categories Description
Center for Research Libraries
( Marie Waltz)
Chicago Special Adult (18+)
Senior (55+)
Digital Connectivity CRL has expanded access to portions of our restricted content to support global research and teaching.
https://www.crl.edu/news/crl-reduces-access-barriers-nearly-10000-digitized-titles
Paul V. Galvin Library
( Kimberly Shotick)
Chicago Academic Adult (18+)
  • Communication
  • Education and Childcare
Reference and research assistance by librarians and/or research assistants Reference and research assistance by librarians via email Virtual Library instruction, when appropriate
https://guides.library.iit.edu/ServiceContinuation
Milledgeville Public Library
( Jennifer Garden)
Milledgeville Public Child (0-12)
Teen
Adult (18+)
Senior (55+)
  • Digital Connectivity
  • Communication
  • Education and Childcare
Our wifi is on and accessible outside the building. We're sharing local biz news on our Facebook page. Sharing links to fun and learning activities. World storytelling three times a week.
https://www.facebook.com/MvillePubLib/
Bloomingdale Library
(Timothy Jarzemsky)
Bloomingdale Public Child (0-12)
Teen
Adult (18+)
Senior (55+)
  • Business Economic Stability
  • Communication
  • Education and Childcare
  • Medical/Behavioral Health
  • Other

Cooperation with local government
We are helping the Village of Bloomingdale Public Works Staff keep up their social distancing. We opened our meeting rooms as an additional workspace.
https://mybpl.org/node/614
La Grange Public Library
(Rebecca Bartlett)
La Grange Public Child (0-12)
Teen
Adult (18+)
Senior (55+)
  • Digital Connectivity
  • Communication
  • Family Financial Stability
  • Education and Childcare
  • Participatory Governance
The La Grange Public Library circulates Wi-Fi hot spots to patrons. The library website links to COVID-19 information from the CDC, WHO and IDPH websites. La Grange residents have access to Lynda.com and Universal Class for online learning.
https://www.lagrangelibrary.org/about/news/details/1111/important-library-closure-information
Bloomingdale Library
(Timothy Jarzemsky)
Bloomingdale Public Child (0-12)
Teen
Adult (18+)
Senior (55+)
  • Digital Connectivity
  • Communication
BPL has extended Wi-Fi to our parking lot BPL has Digital library card registration Sharing information about local restaurants that offer takeout BPL has a regularly updated Covid-19 page Virtual Story Times have been live-streamed
https://mybpl.org/node/614
Poplar Creek PL
(Debra Stombres)
Streamwood Public Child (0-12)
Teen
Adult (18+)
Senior (55+)
  • Digital Connectivity
  • Education and Childcare
3D printing face shields for our own use.
https://poplarcreeklibrary.evanced.info/signup/calendar?df=calendar&et=all
Messenger Public Library
(Kevin Davis)
NORTH AURORA Public Child (0-12)
Teen
Adult (18+)
Senior (55+)
  • Digital Connectivity
  • Participatory Governance
We continue to and are considered the clearing house or Census information in North Aurora.
http://www.messengerpl.org
Cherry Valley Public Library District
(Jane Lenser)
Cherry Valley Public Child (0-12)
Teen
Adult (18+)
Senior (55+)
  • Digital Connectivity
  • Business Economic Stability
  • Communication
  • Family Financial Stability
  • Education and Childcare
Parking lot wi-fi, hot spots; website communication. Both adult and kids' programs and activities are happening virtually. Library cards are being assigned remotely to both residents and non-residents.
http://www.cherryvalleylib.org
Elmwood Park Public Library
(Tiffany Verzani)
Elmwood Park Public Child (0-12)
Teen
Senior (55+)
  • Digital Connectivity
  • Education and Childcare
  • Medical/Behavioral Health
WiFi open, digital library cards. Access to e-Learning and increased downloadable materials, research databases. Use of 3D printer to make face shield parts.
https://www.elmwoodparklibrary.org/
Ac Buehler Library at Elmhurst College
( Jennifer Paliatka)
Elmhurst IL Academic Adult (18+)
  • Digital Connectivity
  • Communication
  • Education and Childcare
Libraries leaving the wifi on so it can be accessed from parking lots, even when the building is closed Assisting college students, staff and faculty with research assistance, offering expanded online resources, teaching and training online
http://library.elmhurst.edu/
The Styberg Library at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
( Mary-Carol Riehs)
Evanston Academic Adult (18+)
Senior (55+)
  • Communication
  • Education and Childcare
  • Other

Educational Support; Student Support
Offering virtual study spaces, librarian office hours, writing center staff assistance, individual research and reference support, created new LibGuides highlighting e-resources
https://library.garrett.edu/
Washington Community High School
( Tom Gross)
Washington School Teen Education and Childcare Our library has served our students and staff to offer digital resources. I have been available to meet with teachers and students to implement or use the library's resources.
http://wacohilibrary.weebly.com/
North Suburban Library District
( Nicole Johnson)
Loves Park Public Child (0-12)
Teen
Adult (18+)
Senior (55+)
  • Digital Connectivity
  • Communication
Wi-Fi access outside building 24/7, expanded access to digital content to those without cards, added new digital content, Facebook & website communication, links to virtual activities, email reference service
https://www.northsuburbanlibrary.org
LaSalle Public Library
( Cristy Stupegia)
LaSalle Public Child (0-12)
Teen
Adult (18+)
  • Digital Connectivity
  • Communication
  • Education and Childcare
Because we have a small staff and limited internet access at home, we have focused on giving service to remote learning for K thru 12, but we are hoping to expand our online services in the coming week.
https://www.lasalle.lib.il.us/node/4494
Helen M. Plum Memorial Public Library District
( Michelle Kilty)
Lombard Public Child (0-12)
Adult (18+)
Senior (55+)
  • Digital Connectivity
  • Business Economic Stability
  • Family Financial Stability
  • Education and Childcare
Offering wifi outside the building - access via plaza deck. List of resources for families for educational support, DIY storytimes. List of resources for economic support. Chat reference for anyone neededing assistance.
https://www.helenplum.org/
Northbrook Public Library
(Kate Hall)
Northbrook Public Child (0-12)
Teen
Adult (18+)
Senior (55+)
Digital Connectivity Digital Connectivity: wifi usage from our parking lot, digital library card sign-up
https://www.northbrook.info/
Northbrook Public Library
(Kate Hall)
Northbrook Public Adult (18+)
Senior (55+)
Business Economic Stability Business Economic Stability: partnering with the chamber on sharing information, offering online training for businesses, and promoting support for local businesses on our social media
https://www.northbrook.info/
Northbrook Public Library
(Kate Hall)
Northbrook Public Child (0-12)
Teen
Adult (18+)
Senior (55+)
Communication daily communications and stories for our patrons, collecting news articles and patron stories on COVID-19 for use later, providing email and phone service to patrons, doing a joint communication with other units of local government
https://www.northbrook.info/
Northbrook Public Library
(Kate Hall)
Northbrook Public Child (0-12)
Teen
Adult (18+)
Senior (55+)
Food/Nutrition helping promote the local food pantry and requests for donations to them
https://www.northbrook.info/
Northbrook Public Library
(Kate Hall)
Northbrook Public Child (0-12)
Teen
Adult (18+)
Education and Childcare ramped up all of our elearning, offering a multitude of online programming for all ages, created a special website to help with eLearning, coordinated a community wide "Going on a Bear Hunt" activity with the village and park district,
https://www.northbrook.info/
Northbrook Public Library
(Kate Hall)
Northbrook Public Child (0-12)
Teen
Adult (18+)
Senior (55+)
Medical/Behavioral Health curated a list of local resources to help residents with mental health concerns; creating PPE for local hospitals and first responders with our 3D printer and laser cutter,
https://www.northbrook.info/
Northbrook Public Library
(Kate Hall)
Northbrook Public Child (0-12)
Teen
Adult (18+)
Senior (55+)
Participatory Governance created a joint task force for Glenview & Northbrook with all of the units of local government participating, joint weekly message that goes out, looking at joint purchasing of PPE
https://www.northbrook.info/
Waukegan Public Library
(Victor Dixon)
Waukegan Public Child (0-12)
Teen
Adult (18+)
Senior (55+)
  • Digital Connectivity
  • Communication
  • Education and Childcare
  • Medical/Behavioral Health
  • Other

Entertainment, promotion of literacy, programming online, providing the path to empower and support learning and discovery.
The Waukegan Public Library is creating temporary library cards, promoting online resources, creating Libguides in English and Spanish, forming partnerships, leading book discussions online, planning future events, and posting pictures and videos.
https://www.waukeganpl.org/coronavirus-information/
Glenwood-Lynwood Public Library District
(Brian Vagt)
Lynwood Public Child (0-12)
Teen
Adult (18+)
Senior (55+)
Food/Nutrition Free Food Pop-Up co-sponsor with the Southland Voice & Illinois Partners in Hope to provide food assistance to individuals & families in our served communities including a few other surrounding towns.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/505207010366300/?ref=share
Earlville Library District
( Paige Frechmann)
Earlville Public Teen
Adult (18+)
Senior (55+)
Digital Connectivity wifi has been left on for access by nearby parking. We posted the network name and passwords in our windows and publicized through Facebook and our eNewsletter.
https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=1270580879818881&set=a.141189019424745