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A big thank you to all of our wonderful customers, staff and community groups who helped contribute to the Arlington Heights Memorial Library's Holiday Book Drive. This year 1,879 books were generously donated for infants, children and teens for Wheeling Township's Adopt-a-Family program. Special thanks go to the library staff and volunteers, the Rolling Green Nine-Hole Golf League, Windsor Elementary School and the Friends of the Library for their very generous donations. The library book drive has provided 21,185 books to children and teens in need since 1998. Thank you again for helping provide the gift of literacy to our community

Welcome to our new website. All user accounts have been transferred to the new site.

We hope you find the new site helpful and easy to navigate, with:

  • better catalog search results
  • a self-checkout option in the library with your mobile device
  • a new room booking feature for conference rooms (available for Arlington Heights cardholders)
  • greater website security
  • better accessibility with the ability to increase or decrease the font size on the site, and
  • an option to translate the site into over 100 different languages

The redesign includes many new features for a better user experience that is more responsive

Please consider a donation to the newly-formed AHML Foundation. The Foundation supports the library through generous individual, foundation and corporate donations, ensuring the library's collection, programs and services will be available for generations of learners to come.

The Foundation invites you to join them in building the next-generation of library experience with AHML's new Makerspace. Learn more and donate here.

Did you know you can now check out books in Hindi? This is just the latest addition to the library’s World Languages collection, which continues to grow, with plenty of options for residents who read and speak in different languages.

“Every day I look at the Japanese books,” said Eriko Yamamoto, who regularly checks out books. Yamamoto recently moved from Japan to Arlington Heights, and began using the library after her husband recommended it as a place to learn English.

She enjoys reading fiction books in her first language. “Because America has many, many English [books], I forget to read

The library has added three new online tools for young learners:

Scholastic Teachables: Unlimited access to activities & printable skills sheets, lesson plans, games & other resources for grades Pre-K to 8.

TumbleMath: Math lessons in the form of read-alongs, quizzes & lesson planning tools.

World Book Discover: Encyclopedia with easier-to-read articles. Includes reference articles, text-to-speech capabilities, learning & life skills activities, research tools, multimedia & interactive video.

Find them at

J.P. Jones, who served in the U.S. Army during World War II, shows off his new Veteran and Armed Forces library card. Thank you, J.P., for your service to our country. A 50-year resident of Arlington Heights, J.P. visits the library regularly and will put the card to good use. Any active-duty military or veteran resident of Arlington Heights is eligible for this new card.

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

The Arlington Heights Memorial Library closed on the property at 112 N. Belmont Ave. on June 27, and released a Request for Qualification seeking architectural services in early August to transform the building into the library’s makerspace. Proposals from 11 architects were evaluated by staff, and a recommendation to engage one of the firms was on the agenda at the September 17 meeting of the Board of Library Trustees. 

The makerspace will offer opportunities for hands-on experiential learning, with technology and creative equipment and supplies for use.  Planned equipment offered includes laser cutters, 3D printers, embroidery, quilting and sewing machines,

The Arlington Heights Memorial Library Foundation has launched a capital campaign to raise funds for a professional-grade commercial kitchen in the library’s planned makerspace at 112 N. Belmont Ave.

“This new space will offer many creative opportunities for library cooking classes, Arlington Heights resident use and for culinary entrepreneurs,” said Lauree Harp, the foundations’ founder and board chair. “We’re excited to support this innovative project and invite community members to consider making a year-end gift to the Foundation.”

Governed by a volunteer board of directors, the Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the library’s immediate needs and long-range goals

Arlington Heights Memorial Library Trustee Debbie Smart was named the 2019 Trustee of the Year by the Illinois Library Association (ILA) at the 2019 ILA Annual Conference in October.

In a press release announcing the award, ILA commended Smart for her outstanding leadership and many accomplishments since joining the Library Board in 2011. They acknowledged her continued passion and dedication to public service, stating “Debbie is a constant and vocal supporter of her library, and every library, as the place that brings the community together.”

This annual citation is awarded to a public library trustee for achievement, leadership and service

Fans of the true-crime thriller, The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century, took a deep-dive into the investigation behind and writing of this truth is stranger than fiction story with its author Kirk Wallace Johnson on Thursday evening, October 10. An Evening with Author Kirk Wallace Johnson was the signature event for this fall’s One Book, One Village (OBOV), the Arlington Heights Memorial Library’s (AHML) annual community read.

“How many people have read the book,” Johnson asked the audience of some 330 people who came to hear the former West Chicago resident speak