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Updated September 30, 2020

  • Study carrels are available in the quiet areas of the library.

Updated September 15, 2020

The library has expanded services, including: 

  • 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 library is following guidance regarding event cancelations and social distancing from the Illinois Department of Public Health to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The library building, bookmobile, book drops and drive-up window are closed. Email and chat service are available. The Senior Center is closed to the public until further with limited services available.. For a list of vital services still available at the Senior Center, click here. Visit for news and updates on library services.

Everyone has a role to play in reducing the spread of COVID-19 and staying healthy. Stay home if you are not

Explore More Illinois Suspended Through April 30: Explore More Illinois services are suspended through April 30 to comply with the Illinois Shelter in Place Order announced by Governor Pritzker. 

Looking forward to a Spring Break staycation? Your library card can get you free or discounted passes to some Illinois cultural attractions, like the Chicago Maritime Museum, DuSable Museum of African American History, Illinois Holocaust Museum, and - just added - the American Writers Museum in downtown Chicago. Explore More Illinois is a free service provided by the Arlington Heights Memorial Library that provides instant online access to special offers and discounts

What do you do when you have run out of ideas for what to read next? Arlington Heights resident Ken
Nopar discovered the library’s “Book Me” form and now has a customized list of suggestions.

“I was out of ideas for books to read and needed something to refer back to when there was more room on
the shelf,” Nopar said. When he filled out his form online, he indicated he was into history and wrote down
a few of his favorite books. In return, he received a list of 10 books from library staff, most of which were

The March library newsletter is at the post office and will be arriving at Arlington Heights residences this week, but you can view it now here. 

You can also view our newsletter online and click on any programs that require registration to link directly to our website to sign up. The digital newsletter also allows you the option to zoom in to read text up close.

Look for registration symbols next to each program that quickly let you know if you can register for a program at any time, if registration begins on March 1, or if a program

More than 3,400 guests stopped by the library's Hendrickson Room this past weekend for some LEGO fun. The amazing, one-of-a-kind creations featured in this two-day exhibit were created by The Northern Illinois LEGO Train Club.

Customers of all ages were dazzled by the details amidst the exhibit, which took more than 80 man-hours to set up. Around 2 million LEGO pieces were used to create iconic landmarks and intricate displays that featured recognizable superheroes, classic cartoons, video game characters and more. The exhibit even featured a castle that took more than one year to construct.

Customers also had the option

AHML is ready for the snow! We have snow brushes available for check out.
They are on the rack with the umbrellas near the Express Reserve shelves.
Like the umbrellas in our collection, the loan period is one week.
The Library of Things at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library is a collection of unique items—from board games to wireless hotspots. The collection offers opportunities for learning, creating, and finding inspiration. Whether you want to explore new skills—or simply try something before you buy it—the Library of Things has something for you. Visit our display on the


Maria Papanastassiou, Kids’ World assistant manager at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library (AHML), is a winner of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award. Maria is one of only 10 librarians in the country to receive this prestigious national award presented by the American Library Association (ALA).

Recognized for her leadership in transforming lives through access to education, Maria's efforts have helped position AHML at the forefront of serving children who are differently abled. Papanastassiou’s work, passion and dedication has helped families with diverse needs find a home at the library.

Much of what Maria has accomplished lies rooted in

The February library newsletter is here! New for 2020 - You'll see improvements that we hope you find helpful, including program listings organized by age or interest, a table of contents, and a smaller, more portable format.

Look for new registration symbols next to each program that quickly let you know if you can register for a program at any time, if registration begins on February 1, or if a program requires day-of tickets. Programs without a symbol don’t require registration.

View our newsletter online and click on any programs that require registration to link directly to our website to