Stay informed: The latest information on library services

Updated August 23, 2022

Exciting updates are coming to Kids’ World this fall and winter. These improvements will include:

  • NEW: Everbright lightboard and floor projection system
  • An enclosed play area for infants, early walkers and their caregivers
  • Improved area for preschooler dramatic play
  • Defined area for grades K-3 hands-on exploration
  • Defined area for tweens
  • An accessible, all-gender restroom
  • Wellness room for nursing or those in need of a calming/private space
  • New snack area
  • Sinks in the Lindsey Room

This work will be completed in phases, and some service interruptions may occur this fall. Youth Services staff will be available to assist in getting items for customers from any area that may be temporarily unavailable and some programs will be moved to other rooms in the library.

For more information, visit ahml.info/stayinformed in the coming months.

 

Updated August 15, 2022

The Hub resumes school year hours beginning August 15, the first day of classes for students in District 214. The Hub opens at 3 p.m. on Monday-Friday unless students have a day off from school, aligning with D214's calendar. The Hub is located on the first floor of the library and is for use by teens in grades 7-12. 

Hub Hours: Monday through Friday, 3-9 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 6 p.m. 

 

Updated May 26, 2022

New summer hours at the Hub: The Hub is located on the first floor of the library and is for use by teens in grades 7-12. Summer 2022 hours at the Hub run May 25-August 12. The Hub is now open Monday through Friday, noon-9 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 6 p.m. 

 

Updated April 8, 2022

The Friends of the Library are currently accepting book and media donations at the following times:

Monday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

For donations by appointment, please call the Friends at 847-506-2663 and leave a message. Appointments are recommended for larger donations or alternate times. Learn more about the Friends of the Library at ahml.info/friends.

 

Updated February 24, 2022

The state of Illinois and  health officials in suburban Cook County are dropping their mask mandate and the proof-of-vaccination requirement at the end of the month. 

In keeping with our history of following the guidance from public health officials and state and local agencies, the library will be removing the mask requirement for building and bookmobile entry and the proof of vaccine requirement for culinary programming beginning Monday, February 28.

Individual program listings are being updated and may not yet reflect this change.

The library will continue to follow all state and local COVID-19 safety regulations and encourage our staff and customers to consult the latest county, state and federal public health guidance and make decisions to keep themselves and their families safe. Please continue to visit this page for the latest updates on library operations and services.

 

Updated January 5, 2022

Library programs are subject to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check individual program listings at ahml.info/attend/events for the latest program updates. We are currently offering a variety of in-person and virtual programs. Safety precautions are in place according to current local mitigation guidelines. 

Any change in library operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, weather or other unforeseen situations will be posted at ahml.info/StayInformed as they are available. For questions or additional information, contact us at ahml.info/form/contact, chat with us at ahml.info or call 847-392-0100. 

Updated December 27, 2021 

On December 23, Cook County Department of Public Health issued a COVID-19 Mitigation Order requiring individuals age five and older to show proof* that they are fully vaccinated** against COVID-19 to enter indoor settings where food or drink are served for on-premises consumption.  

The new mitigations impact our in-person Makerplace culinary programs and the library's cafe/vending area while the mandate is in effect. This order does not impact the current main library entrance procedures or any other library programs. 

Makerplace culinary programs 
No in-person culinary programs are scheduled for January and February. 

Library café/vending area 
Seating and tables in the café/vending areas on the first and second floors of the library will not be available for use. Vending machines will be available for carryout food service only. 

These mitigations will not change the current main library entrance procedures outside of the areas listed here. 

*Proof of vaccination means: 

  • A vaccination record card or paper record 

  • An app that provides a digital record of vaccinations, or 

  • A digital or physical photo of the card or record 

  • Persons age 16 and older must also provide identification (driver’s license, government, work or school ID) with information that corresponds to the vaccination proof.  

**Fully vaccinated means: 
An individual is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 

Note: 
A negative test on its own is not allowable under the mandate. This mandate only allows for unvaccinated individuals who have a documented medical exemption with them and a negative COVID-19 test result administered by a medical professional within the last 24 hours prior to entering.  

 

Updated December 17, 2021

Library repairs are completed and the library is now open. Thanks to everyone for your patience.

 

Updated December 15, 2021

Emergency closure - Library opening late on Friday, December 17

On Friday morning, December 17, the library and our drive-up window service will be closed for broken water main repairs and our water supply will be turned off. The library will remain closed until the water is turned back on. We expect the repairs to be completed around noon, at which time the library will reopen.

Visit our website for updates at ahml.info/StayInformed.

Questions? Chat with us on our website using the link at the bottom of the page or contact us at ahml.info/form/contact.

The Call Center will be closed Friday until the building reopens.

The Senior Center will be open. Holds in transit will not be available for pickup at the Senior Center during the library building closure. Staff will call customers when their materials are ready for pickup at that location.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for understanding.

 

Updated August 23, 2021

Cook County Department of Public Health Mandates Indoor Mask Wearing beginning Monday, August 23

The library is requiring masks in library buildings and on the bookmobile for all individuals over the age of two, regardless of vaccination status in compliance with the Cook County Department of Public Health Mandate.

Conference and Studio Rooms
Masks are required in the library's conference and Studio rooms when occupied by more than one person.

Bookmobile
Customers are allowed on the bookmobile (two individuals at a time or one family, with a five-minute limit) 
Click here to learn more about the bookmobile's schedule. 

The Friends of the Library Donation bin is closed
The Friends are unable to accept donations until further notice as they process a large influx of donated items. Donations cannot be accepted at any library location or in the book return bins at this time. 

Senior Center Reading Room 

  • The library’s Reading Room branch at the Arlington Heights Senior Center is fully open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. 
  • The Computer Room is open with use limited to one hour on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • The Senior Center is now available as a pick up location for holds.
  • For any questions regarding library services and programs at the Senior Center, contact seniorservices@ahml.info or 847-870-3712