Your Virtual Library

Welcome to your Wilmette Public Library Virtual Branch!

You’ll find everything you need to know about our online operations during our temporary closure.

Closure Contact Information

Librarians are available for immediate assistance via chat and email Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm.
The email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The chat box can be found in the bottom right corner of this screen. Queries received at other times will be responded to as quickly as possible.

Getting a Library Card

We are issuing library cards while the library is currently closed during Shelter-in-Place. If you'd like to sign up for a library card to access our digital resources, please fill out our online Library Card Application. Be sure to include accurate contact information, and our staff will contact you to provide with your library barcode number.

If you need assistance with signing up or have a question about your account, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Circulation Manager.

Downloadable and Streaming Collections

We have a large collection of downloadable and streaming books, movies, music, and audiobooks. All you need to get started is your Wilmette library card.
Learn about our full online media collection.

Need help finding your next favorite book? Fill out our book recommendation form, and one of our librarians will get back to you with a curated list of titles.

Virtual Programs for All Ages

We are running wonderful programs and activities for all ages on our Facebook page and over Zoom videoconferencing. Our Youth Services librarians are hosting storytimes throughout the week on our Facebook page, and a selection of the videos can be accessed here. The full schedule of events is available on our online calendar

Online Resources

Take advantage of these helpful resources while sequestered at home. Check out our full list of resources here.

Ancestry.com - Enjoy this comprehensive genealogy resource remotely while the Library is closed. Check out the Learning Center which has tips for the novice and experienced genealogist.

Brainfuse - Home schoolers check out this resource which has live tutors available daily 2 to 11 pm. Take online prep tests and get career help as well.

Consumer's Checkbook - Need a plumber? car repair? vet? Checkbook gathers reviews and advice from its staff and consumer users to help you find the best local service providers.

Consumer Reports - Use this well known and respected resource from your home to get the same rating charts and articles you have used and trusted in the print edition.

Creative Bug - Get crafty at home with thousands of easy to follow online video classes.

Gale Courses - Increase your skill set by signing up for online interactive, instructor led courses in a wide variety of subject areas from computer software to public speaking. Courses run for six weeks with new sessions beginning every month.

Lynda.com - This valuable resource offers video tutorials covering a wide array of business skills such as marketing, web development and project coordination. Work at your own pace.

Mango Languages - This easy to use platform lets you learn up to 70 languages by progressing through self directed modules.

Morningstar and NetAdvantage - Both of these investment resources offer analysis of individual investments as well as newsletters that look at the broader picture. Visit the help screens for advice on how to navigate.

Novelist Plus - Find readalikes and background information for all your favorite authors.

PressReader - 2,000 plus newspapers and magazines from over 100 countries in 60 different languages.

Reference USA  - Great resource for contact information for households and businesses. Want to set up a neighborhood calling tree? Search your own listing and you can choose to get a report of all neighbors within a certain distance.

 

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