Wilmette Public Library's Coronavirus Response

Library Closure Frequently Asked Questions

Wilmette Public Library is currently closed until further notice. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions:

  • Please do not return any materials while the library is closed. Hang onto your items and return them when we have reopened.
  • All due dates have been extended, so there will be no fines accrued during our closure.
  • Any holds will be held and available to pick up for three days after we reopen.
  • We have renewed all cards and unblocked accounts with fines, so that every cardholder will be able to access our online resources during the closure.
  • The Friends of the Library will not be accepting any donations during the library closure.

It is important during this time to stay home, stay healthy, and explore our digital collections! Your card provides access to thousands of ebooks, audiobooks, and streaming media. Check out our collections!

Library Response Timeline

March 12

In the interest of public health, Wilmette Public Library will be closed to the public until further notice beginning Friday, March 13. We are closing the building and taking these safety measures out of an abundance of caution, not due to any known exposure.

The Library has canceled all public programs and events through the end of March. Room reservations, meeting room bookings, outreach and partnership programs are also canceled. All patrons registered for the affected programming are being notified.

All of the Library’s digital resources will remain available during the closure. Cardholders can check out e-books or e-audiobooks. For children, Tumble Book Library offers talking books, puzzles, and games. Movies, TV shows, and music can be downloaded or streamed with the online resources hoopla or kanopy. Online courses, digital magazines, and more are also available.

The latest information about the coronavirus is available in the Resources section below.

Please follow this page or our facebook page for further updates.

March 6

The Library is working in coordination with local government, including health and public safety, along with educational institutions, to help control the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the Wilmette community. Learn more about the coordinated response from the Village of Wilmette.

Our staff and cleaning service have increased the frequency of cleaning and surface disinfecting in the building. We have provided additional hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes for staff and the public to use.

We encourage everyone to take basic precautions to help reduce the spread of viruses and stay healthy. If you are exhibiting signs of the flu or do not feel well, please stay home and do not visit the library or other public spaces. Practice everyday prevention measures like washing your hands frequently and thoroughly, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when sick.

We are monitoring news of the virus closely, and are prepared to implement additional measures as the situation changes.


For the most current and authoritative information, Library staff recommend the following resources for information about COVID-19:

Questions regarding COVID-19 should be directed to authorities at the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Call the COVID-19 Hotline at 1-800-889-3931, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit the Illinois Department of Public Health website.

Learn what it means to “flatten the curve” with this simulation article from the Washington Post. By staying home, avoiding groups, washing your hands, and maintaining a distance of about 6-8 feet from others when you leave the house, you can help slow the spread of coronavirus and “flatten the curve.”

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