The COVID-19 pandemic is an ongoing public health concern in our community. 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.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. According to the CDC, people with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • 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
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Patrons may come to the Main Library and South Branch during posted hours. While in the library, patrons and employees are to practice steps together to avoid the spread of the virus. Please follow all posted instructions and information from staff. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus.

  • All patrons ages 2 and older and staff are required to wear face coverings over nose and mouth at all times while inside the library. If you forget yours or need a new face covering, we have disposable and cloth options for you to use and keep.
  • Capacity limits. There may be a queue when you arrive, 6-feet apart. While infrequent, please be prepared to wait outside.
  • Practice safe distancing. We ask everyone to “Be Kind, Give Space.”
  • Limit browsing time to a maximum of two hours. Please find your materials efficiently and keep moving so others may enter the library.
  • Limited seating at the Main Library. No seating at South Branch.
  • Please use the outdoor book drops to return materials. Oversized materials that don’t fit in the book drop may be returned in-person.
  • 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 assessed because we are a fine free library
  • We encourage patrons to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer frequently. Hand sanitizer is available for your convenience throughout the building.
  • 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.
  • In-person book recommendations, searches, and suggestions.
  • Study Rooms, limited by reservation and capacity. One hour time limit.
  • In-person reference.
  • Public computers. One hour time limit.
  • Printing/copying/faxing.
  • WiFi, no password required. Also available outside of the building.
  • 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. 
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What Is Not Available at This Time

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


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.
  • Friday Before the Second Saturday of the Month: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Second Saturday of the Month: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.


Contactless Library Services 

Reader Services

For book selections and recommendations 

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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. 

Watch for Updates
Watch our social media channels and website for up-to-date information or any schedule or service changes.

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.

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