Our building is open to visitors!

We are open for Grab & Go service Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, plus special hours for seniors and people at high risk. The Computer Lab remains closed. Click here for details. Curbside Pickup is available during all open hours. Click here for information about Curbside Pickup. 

Your Library & COVID-19

Updated May 4, 2021

your library & covid-19

The Library building is currently open for in-person Grab & Go visits as well as Curbside Pickup service.

Carol Stream Public Library puts the safety of our patrons and staff above all. Due to ongoing safety considerations, the Computer Lab will remain closed at this time. Please read on below to learn about our service hours, safety guidelines for in-person visits, and ways we can help with your technology and Business Center needs even though the Computer Lab is closed. 

Please note: All visitors over the age of 2 (regardless of vaccine status) are required to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while inside the Library. All visitors will be required to use hand sanitizer before entering. We thank you for your patience and cooperation in keeping our community healthy.  

We continue to follow guidance and guidelines from the governor’s office, public health officials and library associations in deciding how to proceed during these unprecedented times. Check back for more information regarding service changes. All information listed is subject to change without notice.  


Library Hours

Special Grab & Go Hours for Seniors and High-Risk Individuals: 

  • Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. 

Grab & Go Service:  

  • Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

  • Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  

  • Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

  • Closed on Sunday 

Curbside Pickup Service: 

  • Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

  • Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  

  • Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

  • Closed on Sunday 


Library Use Guidelines 

All visitors over the age of 2 (regardless of vaccine status) are required to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while inside the Library. All visitors will be required to use hand sanitizer before entering. Furthermore:  

  • Up to 35 patrons at a time are permitted in the building.  

  • Children ages 15 and under must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver. 

  • All visitors (regardless of vaccine status) over the age of two must wear a mask over both nose and mouth and use hand sanitizer before entering.  

  • If you cannot wear a mask, please arrange for curbside pickup and ask about our online resources.  

  • A Carol Stream Public Library resident account is required to check out materials. 

  • No food or drink is permitted in the Library.  

  • In-person services are limited to browsing materials; using the copier, scanner, and fax machine in the Business Center; and sitting outside on the Patio.  

  • If you have something to print, the document can be emailed to You will be notified when your printed document(s) are available for curbside pickup.  

  • Senior/High Risk hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.   

For everyone’s safety:  

  • Patrons must wear a mask at all times and maintain social distancing whenever possible while on the patio.

  • Staff will be cleaning surfaces and touchpoints regularly throughout the building.  

  • Computer Lab, meeting rooms, study rooms, and seating areas are not in use at this time.  

  • Toys, puzzles, and games are not available at this time.  

  • Floors and bookshelves will be marked with directions to help patrons observe social distancing.  

  • Returned materials are quarantined for seven days before being checked in. We are waiving overdue fines. 

  • We are not currently accepting donations.  

If you answer YES to any of the questions below, please do not come into the Library building. 

  1. Do you have a fever (temperature over 100.3 degrees F) without having taken any fever reducing medications?  

  1. Have you experienced any two or more of the following symptoms over the past seven days?  

  • Cough 

  • Shortness of Breath 

  • Chills 

  • Muscle Pain/Aches 

  • Sore Throat 

  • New Loss of Smell or Taste 

  • Headache  

  1. Have you experienced any gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite?  

  1. Have you recently (in the past 14 days) been in close contact with anyone who has exhibited any of the above symptoms? (Close contact means within less than six feet for a prolonged period of time).  

  1. Have you recently (in the past 14 days) been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or been advised to self-isolate by a medical professional due to COVID-19 reasons?  

  1. Have you recently (in the past 14 days) travelled internationally? 


Library Computers 

The Computer Lab is currently closed due to ongoing safety considerations.  

  • Curbside printing pickup is still available. Email files to and you will be contacted when the pages are available for curbside pickup.  

  • We can help you reserve a Wi-Fi hotspot to use at home with your personal devices. Call 630-344-6123 or email for assistance. 

Curbside Pickup

Curbside Pickup service is here to stay. Here's what you can use Curbside Pickup for:

  • Physical items like books and DVDs
  • Binge Boxes
  • Take & Make kits
  • Program materials
  • Documents that you email to us to print for you
  • Documents that you would like us to photocopy or scan for you 

Click here to learn how to request items for curbside pickup.

How do I return items?

Please return Library materials that you have at home. Our drive-up return box is open 24/7.  

When library materials are returned, they will be placed in quarantine for three days. This means that after you return an item, it will be at least three days before it is checked in. The item will display on your account as checked out. Don’t worry about your item becoming overdue during this time. We are accounting for quarantine time in our system, and you will not be charged a fine if you returned the item on time.

Are Library materials safe to use?

When library materials are returned, they will be placed in quarantine for three days. (Research is still being conducted on the length of time that the COVID-19 virus can live on surfaces such as plastic and paper, but the latest guidance from the Institute of Museum and Library Services recommends a three day quarantine. As more research becomes available, we may reconsider our procedures.)

Keeping materials in quarantine is more effective than any kind of chemical, heat, or light disinfectant. No cleaning process can disinfect every page of a book, and many such treatments will damage the materials. Quarantine protects the materials and kills the virus. Please do not attempt to heat, bleach, spray, or otherwise sanitize your library materials. 

Library staff have gone through extensive training on how to handle an item that has been placed on hold for Curbside Pickup. We are making every effort to keep any contact to a minimum, and the contact we do have to make will be using good hygiene and personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves. We are following strict safety protocols mandated by the state of Illinois as well as procedures recommended by other organizations.

Using the Library from home

Attend an event:

We're hosting events online! Click here to view our upcoming events.

Use our online resources:

  • Access e-books and e-audiobooks through Overdrive. (To use this service on your mobile device, search your app store for Libby. You'll need your library card number to download books.)
  • Stream music and videos plus access e-books and digitial audiobooks through Hoopla. (We raised the maximum items per month during this time.)
  • Read all the latest current issues of your favorite magazines (over 2,900 of them!) with RB Digital.
  • Get your craft on by watching tutorials on Creativebug.
  • Learn new skills on everything from software to accounting to videography with

Just for kids:

Use our public Wi-Fi:

  • Our public WiFi is still active. Even though you can't come inside the building, you can potentially still access the network from the sidewalk out front. The front of the building is still a fire zone, so please don't park there even though we are closed.

Protecting yourself and others from Covid-19

  • It is Illinois law to wear a mask face covering in public or when physical distancing is not possible.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cough and sneeze in the crook of your elbow, or a tissue, then throw that tissue in the trash and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.