Mount Prospect Public Library Opening July 6

The COVID-19 pandemic is an ongoing public health concern. Current health guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is spread person-to-person. It spreads easily, including by infected individuals without symptoms who may transmit the virus to others. By visiting the Mount Prospect Public Library, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

According to the CDC, if you have any indication of illness or the following COVID-19 symptoms, you should stay home:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
stay 6 feet apart

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus.

While in the library, patrons and employees are to practice steps to avoid the spread of the virus:

  • Wear a face covering (except children under the age of 2)
  • Wash hands, use hand sanitizer, and wipe down surfaces
  • Practice safe distancing

Vulnerable Patron Hours

The Main Library is open Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-11 a.m. for senior citizens, pregnant women, and those defined by the CDC as vulnerable or at-risk.  

If you do not identify with these groups, we ask that you come to the library at other times. 

Main Library Hours

  • Monday-Friday : 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Saturday-Sunday : 12-5 p.m.

South Branch Hours

  • Monday-Friday : 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
  • Second Saturday of the Month : 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Our services may change at any time. We are actively monitoring conditions for the health and safety of our patrons and staff, and we will adjust accordingly. The library’s actions are guided by available science and information from public health and infectious disease experts,  Executive Orders from the Office of Governor Pritzker, and the America Library Association. The safety of our patrons and staff is our highest priority.

For authoritative information about COVID-19, contact the Illinois Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


A Welcome Desk to answer questions, review COVID-19 symptoms, and ensure capacity limits. Please follow all posted instructions and information from staff while at the library

  • All patrons ages 2 and older and staff are required to wear face coverings over nose and mouth while inside the library at all times. If you do not have one, we have disposable and cloth options for you to use and keep.
  • Capacity limits at each building. There may be a queue when you arrive, 6-feet apart. Please be prepared to wait outside.
  • Limit browsing time to a maximum of one hour. Please find your materials and keep moving so others may enter the library.
  • Patrons are encouraged to return materials using the outdoor book drops.
  • Materials are quarantined before we check them in, so they will not show up as “returned” on your account right away. But don’t worry, no overdue fines are being assessed during this time. 
  • Hand sanitizer available throughout the building.
  • Limited seating, intended to accommodate individuals with mobility impairments.
  • No eating or drinking.

What You Can Enjoy at the Library 

  • Check out books, DVDs, and other materials.
  • Pick up holds or use contactless Parking Lot Pickup option.
  • In-person book recommendations, searches, and suggestions.
  • In-person reference.
  • Public computers.
  • Printing/copying/faxing.
  • WiFi, no password required. (Also available outside of the building, too.)
  • If you bring children with you, please keep them with you at all times. While you watch your children, we can help get materials for you. Please ask. 
wear a mask

What Is Not Available at This Time

Public seating, study rooms, meeting rooms, in-person programs, Discovery Zone, iPads, video games, board games, toys, play areas, Teen Space.


Contactless Library Services 

Reader Services

For book selections and recommendations 

wash hands


Find information, get answers to all sorts of questions.


Kids activities, Storytime Bundles

Reserve Storytime Bundles, crafts-to-go, and kid activities! Stop by the Youth Services area or email in advance. 

Stay in the know! Watch our social media channels and website for up-to-date information. Thank you! 

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