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Helpful Information

Updated: May 26, 2020

  • The book return is open through May 31 to give the material time to be in quarantine. Materials will be checked in once staff return to the building. We await the results of a study being conducted on library materials before deciding when to open the book return again. Please refrain from returning technology equipment until further notice.
  • Beginning June 1, if the State of Illinois moves into Phase 3 as anticipated, we will send the Maintenance and IT staff back into the building to begin preparing it for staff. The following week, members of our Patron Services team will be back to check in and put away the many returned materials we have received so far. They will also begin pulling the many items people have put on hold in our catalog to get them ready for pick up. Our Technical Services staff will receive the many items that we have ordered so that those can be ready for pick up, too.
  • We plan to begin No Contact Holds Pick-Up Service around June 15. At that time, we will bring back some of the librarians and library assistants to help find books, DVDs, music, videogames, and other library material for you to come pick up. However, we will not be opening the building to patrons at this time—that will begin in the state’s Phase 4.
  • We are developing a plan to allow computer usage by appointment. More information will be available in the coming weeks.


We're Thinking of You

  • We increased the numbers of hoopla downloads from 10 to 15.
  • We increased the number of downloads on OverDrive/Libby from 5 to 10.
  • Ancestry (Library Edition) and AllData may now be accessed at home instead of just in the Library.
  • Kanopy Kids is now available to keep the little ones entertained.
  • Your Niles-Maine library card will not expire while the Library is closed.
  • Live chat is now available every day from 2-8 p.m.
  • Virtual meeting rooms are now available! Click here for more information.


Access the Library From Home

Download and stream with these online resources for free with your Niles-Maine library card.

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Ask a Librarian

Our librarians are still available to answer questions while the Library is closed. Please email us and we will respond in a timely manner.

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Coronavirus Resources

Niles-Maine Librarian Curated Coronavirus Wellness Resources

The Center for Disease Control

The World Health Organization

The Illinois Department of Public Health

State of Illinois Coronavirus Response

Cook County Public Health

Summer Reading

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Virtual Events

All in-person programs are cancelled until further notice.