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Students faced with the challenge of earning service hours AND practice social distancing, need to look no further than the Hub’s recently launched Volunteer in Place (VIP) program. Accessed entirely online, VIP provides teens in grades 7-12 with volunteer projects to do at home like creating cards for hospitalized kids or making dog and cat toys for local animal shelters. Teens keep track of their progress on Beanstack, similar to participating in the library’s reading programs. Completed service projects earn badges and ultimately volunteer hours for good deeds done—all from home.  

“We offer something for everyone,” says Teen Advisor Kate Henry, who helped to create VIP

These services include: 

  • Increasing the allowable customer visit length from one hour to two-and-a-half-hours.
  • Socially-distant work and study areas in the library are available on a first-come, first-served basis, with one chair per table in select areas of the library's first floor, including Kids' World. An additional chair per table may be requested at the Tech Learning Center Desk or the Kids’ World Desk if the table allows for adequate social distancing, tables are limited to two users. Tables in the Hub are limited to one person/chair per table due to the size of the room.
  • Computers are available in the Tech

Generations of women fought by protesting and picketing before the 19th Amendment gave them the constitutional right to vote on August 26, 1920. Jane Addams, co-founder of Chicago's Hull House, advocated strongly for women's suffrage. Her 1910 essay, "Why Women Should Vote," influenced many, paving the road to suffrage.

Arlington Heights Memorial Library is proud to partner with Jane Addams Hull-House Museum to recognize the determination and complexity of the people who fought for the right to vote. Join us to experience a variety of virtual exhibits and engaging programs presented along with Reaching Across Illinois Library System,

On the April 6, 2021 ballot, residents of the Village of Arlington Heights will be asked to vote for a Village President, four Village Trustees and three Library Trustees. The ballot will also contain offices for school district, park district and township officials.

Circulation of nominating petitions begins Tuesday, September 22, 2020. The filing period runs from December 14, 2020 to December 21, 2020. The Village Clerk’s Office has petition packets available for Village Trustee and Library Trustee.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, packets will be distributed by appointment. Make an appointment to pick up a packet by calling 847-368-5540 or emailing

September is National Library Card Sign-up Month. We're celebrating with giveaways, including a drawing for an iPad for new and current library cardholders. Use your AHML card to check out something from our collection any time in September and you will automatically be entered to win (limited to one drawing entry per library card). Youth, grades kindergarten-high school, use your card any time this month to be entered in a drawing for Beats wireless earbuds, a color-changing backpack and more. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for their generous support of Library Card Sign-up Month.

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Get ready to turn the first page and begin your reading journey - Page Turners is our 2020 Adult Reading Program where readers can track their reading and connect with others in the community! The program will go from July-November 2020.

Become a Page Turner and track the minutes you read through Beanstack. Complete three goals from a monthly list to be entered into a raffle drawing. Every month we will launch a new badge that will give Page Turners a chance to win a gift certificate to an Arlington Heights business. We will also be offering options for discussion

Masks required for drive-up window service

We are asking every drive-up window customer to wear a mask or face covering. This additional safety step is based on the most recent guidance from the Illinois Department of Health reiterating face coverings are an effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Here's how drive-up pickup window service works:

  1. Have your library card and any additional family members' cards ready.
  1. Enter the library's parking garage. 
  2. Proceed ahead and around to the drive-up window. Please be alert for increased pedestrian and drive-through traffic.If you are on foot or a bike, please come in to

Welcome to our new online resources page for families, early childhood, kids, tweens and teens. Each week, you'll find an updated list of resources for you to explore each week: storytimes on the library's YouTube channel, live online Tween and Teen programs, craft ideas, learning resources and more. 

Visit our online resources page for youths and their families.

Please park in the exterior parking lot, if possible, and walk to the Dunton Ave. main entrance.
If you park in the underground parking garage, entry into the library building is available at the northeast corner of the parking garage (stair and elevator access). All customers over age 2 must wear a mask when entering and while in the building. If you cannot wear a mask for medical reasons and would like to visit the library, please contact library staff for accommodations at or call (847) 870-3642.

Customers may exit the library building through the