Celebrate our Grand Reopening Sunday, June 23, starting at 1:00 p.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony, followed by Library tours, refreshments, entertainment and surprises.
- We’ll close our doors at 7 N. Waukegan Road at 6 p.m. May 24 and reopen in our renovated Library at 920 Waukegan Road on June 23.
- The book drops will also close on May 24. No returns will be accepted at either location until we reopen June 23.
- Fine Forgiveness! Items can be returned June 23 – June 30 without incurring fines.
- Some online features such as the website, online databases, and the ability to register for programs online will be available during the transition. MyMediaMall, the catalog features of "My Account,” phone service and email will be temporarily unavailable.
- You can register as a reciprocal borrower at neighboring libraries before May 24.
- To ensure that all items requested by patrons through our interlibrary loan system have been received and returned to the lending library, we won’t be able to accept any interlibrary loans until we reopen June 23.
- There will be a sale of used furnishings from the temporary site in early June. Watch for details!
Please use the following map for available parking the day of the Grand Opening.
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Download printable parking map PDF.
The Library is committed to keeping the Deerfield community in the know every step of the way of our Library Improvement Plan. The following Frequently Asked Questions featured below address the most common concerns we’ve heard from patrons about our temporary closing, and return to the renovated Library. Don’t see your question listed? Email us at Efirstname.lastname@example.org.
Regarding Deerfield Library Materials and Dates
- We will be unable to accept returned material during the closure; all due dates on checked-out material will be extended to the week we reopen. We encourage residents to register as reciprocal patrons and to explore neighboring libraries.We are asking that patrons keep all of their checked out materials (due after May 24) until we reopen at 920 Waukegan Road on June 23. No items will be due nor fines accrued while we are closed. Book drops close at 6 p.m. on May 24 and reopen at 1 p.m. June 23.
Will the book drop bins be available for returns while the Library is closed?
- No, the book drops will be closed on Friday, May 24 at 6 p.m. If you have checked out materials after that time, please hold on to them until we reopen at 920 Waukegan Road on June 23. Patrons will not be fined or penalized for this extended period of use.
Is it more helpful to the Library if I check out more materials before it temporarily closes or if I check out less materials than I normally would?
- Patrons are welcome to check out as many materials as they normally would.
Exploring local Libraries
Where can we get books while you're closed?
- Patrons who wish to continue checking out materials while we're closed are encouraged to update their library accounts at Deerfield Public Library and visit the alternate library of their choice to register as a borrower there. The deadline to register at alternate libraries is May 24 by 6 p.m.
- As a Deerfield cardholder (including cards purchased by residents of Riverwoods and Bannockburn), you have access to the libraries, staff, and materials of ANY other local library, such as Highland Park, Northbrook, or Vernon Area. To be sure you can check out materials at these libraries please be certain your Deerfield Public Library card is up to date. Also, register your library card at your preferred alternate library BEFORE we close on May 24, so the other library can confirm you are in good status and permit you to be a reciprocal borrower.
- Also, other libraries generally will NOT order ILL (interlibrary loan) materials for persons other than their own cardholders.
What does it mean to "register" at another library?
- Registering at another library simply means that you will be applying to become a reciprocal borrower at that library and be able to check out their materials. If you would like to be able to check out materials while our Library is closed, we recommend that you first update your library account with us and then visit the alternate library of your choice to register with them (before May 24).
How can I update my account?
- You can update your account by bringing your library card and valid picture ID with proof of current address to the patron services desk. You can also visit our website to log into your account. However, when you access your account online, the only information you will be able to update is your email address. Expired cards must be renewed in person with valid picture ID and proof of current address.
Will we be able to check out new books and new releases from other libraries?
- Every library creates its own usage policies. Items in limited supply, such as new materials, are sometimes restricted for non-resident borrowers. Please ask at your preferred library, or check their websites for their policies regarding this. Please also note that, in general, libraries do NOT order Interlibrary Loan materials for non-resident borrowers.
I have already been registered to use another library. Will I have to re-register or reactivate my account there?
- If you registered at another library some time ago, it is a good idea to check with the other library to make certain that your registration is still valid, and that it won't expire during the weeks we are not open. This should be just a quick phone call to that library, unless re-registration is necessary.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact us.
While we're away, find out about resources that are available to you!
Need a study room, free WiFi or to use a computer between May 24 and June 23? Here's a list of alternate Libraries you can use after registering with them as a reciprocal browser. Word to the wise: some features like using a study room or a computer might be limited to cardholders at that library only. Call in advance to find out how you can register to use the alternate library of your choice.
Northbrook Public Library
(3.3 miles from 920 Waukegan Road)
1201 Cedar Ln., Northbrook, IL 60062
Main number: 847-272-6224
Highland Park Public Library
(3.4 miles from 920 Waukegan Road)
494 Laurel Ave., Highland Park, IL 60035
Main number: 847-432-0216
Vernon Area Public Library District
(6.3 miles from 920 Waukegan Road)
300 Olde Half Day Rd., Lincolnshire, IL 60069
Main number: 847-634-3650
Remember, you should first update your library account at Deerfield Public Library and then register at the alternate library of their choice before we close our doors on May 24. Alternate libraries usually confirm you are in good standing before they will permit you to be a reciprocal borrower at their location.
While the Library is temporarily closed, the following electronic resources will remain available:
- Library website: www.deerfieldlibrary.org
- Online reference databases: With your Deerfield Public Library card, you can access many useful online databases including business, medicine, literature, genealogy and general interest periodicals. To access these databases, click here.
- Tutor.com Live one-to-one tutoring assistance is available for students of all ages every day from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Use study guides, watch video lessons, find job seeking tools, and other resources available 24/7.
- Illinois State Library (ISL) Ask A Librarian: For answers to simple, quick reference questions up to 160 characters in
length, you can text a librarian at the Illinois State Library in
Springfield. Send a text to 217-953-0575. The body of the text must
start with the keyword ASKISL, followed by a space, followed by your
question. The Illinois State Library does not charge for this service but the
message and data rates that some cell phone service carriers charge
still apply. Available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The following services will be unavailable while the Library is temporarily closed May 24 through June 23:
- Library catalog features of "My Account"
- MyMediaMall (Service available intermittently)
- Library phones and email
- Deerfield Public Library Ask A Librarian
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