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The Arlington Heights Memorial Library is proud to celebrate the Friends of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library as part of the 16th annual celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week, October 17-23.

The Friends of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library is a nonprofit organization that understands the critical importance of well-funded libraries and advocates to ensure the Arlington Heights Memorial Library has access to the programs, materials and equipment needed to provide quality services to the community. The Friends sponsor yearly sales and maintain a book boutique (located on the first floor) offering used books and magazines for sale throughout

The Arlington Heights Memorial Library's Makerplace officially debuted on Sunday, September 19 with a grand opening celebration, which included welcoming remarks by library officials and Mayor Tom Hayes followed by a ceremonial opening of the building's front doors. Throughout the afternoon, close to 500 attendees took a guided tour of the new makerspace and learned about the many things visitors ages 12 and up can do using the Makerplace's technology and creative equipment along with flexible workspaces and a commercial-grade kitchen. The library would like to thank the Arlington Heights Memorial Library Foundation and the Friends of the Library for their continued support in helping to bring the makerspace to

Beginning Monday, October 18, the library will be transitioning to new hours of operation. The library will stay open later on weekdays, and will have later hours on Sunday:

Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday: noon-6 p.m.

Click here to learn more about library hours. Questions? Call 847-392-0100 or email

“We think [the collection is] going to have a great impact right away,” Board Chair of C.I.T.Y. of Support Beth Deiter said. “It demonstrates to the community that we see these families,we acknowledge that you're here, and we want to support you.” 

The library’s new Accessibility Support Collection of print materials, therapeutic toys and tools was made generously possible by C.I.T.Y. of Support (Children in Therapy and You). This nonprofit organization's mission is to “create a dynamic community, both online and in person, that supports all families navigating the needs of their child in therapy.” C.I.T.Y. of Support donated $10,000

In October, we celebrate Inclusion Awareness Month, recognizing the library's commitment to offering resources and programs and enhanced accessibility for all. Some programs featured in October include a dance party presented with Northwest Special Recreation Association, a storytime presented in American Sign Language, a supported YouTube marathon for tweens, a low vision products road show and accessibility resource hours.

The library has also enabled closed-captioning at all virtual adult programs, developed an accessible programming series for older adults and launched Playaway audiobooks that give younger customers the ability to listen without needing any additional device.  

The library continues to expand its Library

Read the book all of Arlington Heights is talking about - Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer. One Book, One Village (OBOV), now in its eighth year, invites the community to read the same book at the same time and share in the experience through related programs and book discussions. 

Copies of Braiding Sweetgrass are now available for checkout at the library, at the Senior Center, on the bookmobile or online on ​cloudLibrary. Holds can be picked up on the bookmobile, at the drive-up window or inside the library on the hold shelves.

The Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) has issued COVID-19 Mitigation Order 2021-10 which requires individuals to wear a face mask in public indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status, effective Monday, August 23, 2021.

Any individual age two or older and able to medically tolerate a mask is required to wear a mask when indoors in a public place. The full order can be read here

In compliance with this order, masks are required for everyone visiting library buildings, effective Monday, August 23. If you cannot wear a mask for medical reasons, contact us for accommodations at or call 847-392-0100.

September is Library Card Sign-up Month! We’re celebrating all month long with fun pop-up events throughout the community.

Library Card Sign-up Month coincides with the beginning of the school year to remind parents, caregivers and students nationwide that a library card is a great first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning. 

Once you sign up for your library card, what can you do with it? 

  1. Borrow eBooks and audiobooks: Use cloudLibrary and hoopla at
  2. Library of Things: Explore a new skill. Try it before you buy it. This collection of unique items—from board games to wireless hotspots, offers opportunities for

Fourteen conference rooms are available for public use on the second floor of the library. Conference rooms may be available on a walk-in basis, but reservations are encouraged. Small conference rooms may be reserved up to one week in advance; the large conference rooms may be reserved one month in advance. 

We have 11 conference rooms that accommodate up to five people; one conference room (G) that can accommodate up to two people, and two larger conference rooms will hold 6–16 people.

Reservations are limited to two hours per day. Conference rooms close one-half hour prior to the library closing time.

Conference room use is subject to

The Friends of the Library are temporarily unable to accept book and media donations as they work to process the high volume of donations that have been recently received by our generous customers. Thank you, Arlington Heights, for your overwhelming generosity, and for your patience as the Friends work to make room for your donations in the future.

Visit for updates on when the Friends are able to accept donations. News will be posted on our website as soon as they can accept donations again.

If you're interested in joining the Friends of the Library, you can learn more