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Why wait when you can instantly borrow and enjoy your favorite books, movies, music, TV shows, newspapers and magazines using the library's digital media services and your Arlington Heights Memorial Library card. 

Here is a snapshot of services and some items you can stream and download with no wait:

  • hoopla - The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis (audiobook) and Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Part 15) by Jeff Kinney
  • Press Reader- 1000+ US and international newspapers including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, NY Post and Los Angeles Times
  • Flipster - Real Simple, Bon Appetit, Sports Illustrated, People and more of your favorite magazines for free

Library items can be picked closer to home through the bookmobile's new contactless hold pickup system. You can place a hold online for any one of our 24 regularly scheduled bookmobile stops. When you arrive to pick up your hold, text us at 847-533-2000 with your first and last name and we will text you back when your items are on the outdoor table next to the bookmobile ready for pickup. Your holds will already be checked out to your library card. Click here to learn more about the bookmobile's schedule.

You can also pick up holds at the

Holiday Books, Movies and More
Looking to get into the holiday spirit? Check out the book and movie lists we've compiled - these books and movies will bring you feelings of comfort and joy in no time!

Holiday Books
Holiday Movies

Best of 2020 Book Lists
Not sure what book to read next? Check out our Best of 2020 book lists - our very own Readers Advisors have put together their own lists just for you!

Alisa's Best of 2020
Joan's Best of 2020
Jon's Best of 2020
Lucy's Best of 2020
Neal's Best of 2020
Sherri's Best of 2020

All holds remaining on the in-library hold shelf will be moved to the drive-up window for pickup while the library building is closed, starting Friday, November 20.

If you've already been notified your items are ready for pickup and would like to change your preferred pickup location, contact us via chat or email at, by calling 847-392-0100 or by going to your My Account webpage at and selecting Request Pickup Location Change.


Drive-up window service
Masks required for drive-up window service. We require every drive-up window customer to wear a mask or face covering. This additional safety step is based on the most

Coming this December, you’ll get the chance to Meet the Maker! We’ve gathered Makers from throughout the Chicagoland area to discuss what being a Maker means, demonstrate their work and answer questions. Included in our lineup, we will be showcasing textiles, screenprinting, mold making and more! Join us on Instagram Live by following @ahml or Zoom for front-row seats to Meet the Makers.

Learn more at

The Arlington Heights Memorial Library is pleased to offer a special library card for current and former members of the United States Armed Forces. In addition to offering the same benefits as standard resident library cards, this card also allows the cardholder to print up to the cost equivalent of 100 black and white letter pages per week at no charge, and will not accrue overdue fines.

Learn more here.

Fans of the historical fiction novel The Secrets We Kept took a closer look into the history behind the book with its author Lara Prescott on Thursday evening, November 12. An Evening with Lara Prescott was the signature event for this fall’s One Book, One Village (OBOV), the Arlington Heights Memorial Library’s (AHML) annual community read. 

It was also the first time the library held a virtual One Book, One Village signature author event, leading to AHML welcoming its largest audience to date for an online program with more than 390 people in attendance via Zoom.

The Secrets We Kept

More than 5,900 participants representing 11 area public libraries came together virtually on Monday evening, November 9 to listen to Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, one of the country's leading anti-racist voices, New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award winner and historian, as he discussed his book, How To Be An Antiracist. Kendi, selected by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2020, engaged in conversation with WBEZ’s award-winning journalist Natalie Moore in this multi-library, live Zoom event.

How To Be An Antiracist explores what an anti-racist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it.