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Coronavirus: Helpful Information

Updated: June 11, 2021, 11:14 a.m.

  • Masks: Masks are no longer required unless a patron is unvaccinated or visiting KidSpace.
  • No Browsing Limit: Visit the Library for as long as you'd like.
  • Food and Drink: Enjoy covered drinks only.
  • Computer Use Time: Use a computer on the Lower Level at your convenience. No appointment necessary. Priority to Niles-Maine cardholders.
  • Book a Study Room: Book a study room with others on the Lower Level. No mask required unless unvaccinated. Book here!
  • Have a Seat: Please enjoy more furniture options all around the Library.
  • KidSpace: For the safety of the patrons and staff, everyone who visits KidSpace must wear a mask during their visit. Computers are available, but limited due to social distancing. Study rooms will be closed until further notice.
  • Middle Ground: Middle Ground will be closed until further notice.
  • Read a Newspaper: Newspapers are available for reading on the Third Floor.
  • Services Expansion: Test proctoring services and Notary Public are available. Details here! 

Coming Soon: Passport Services


Open Hours:

Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Fridays: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Saturdays: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sundays: Closed

Pick up your materials in Lobby, or via the No Contact Holds Pick-Up service Monday-Friday, 9:45 a.m.-Closing and Saturdays, 9:45 a.m.-5 p.m in the Vestibule.


Safety First

Safety is one of our top priorities. Let's work together to keep everyone safe and healthy.

What Library Staff are Doing to Protect You

  • 90% of staff members are fully vaccinated.
  • Some staff members will still be wearing face masks. All staff will still be washing their hands and keeping a social distance.
  • Staff members will sanitize high touch areas using EPA approved COVID-19 disinfectants throughout the day.
  • An overnight cleaning crew cleans the Library in preparation for patrons and staff who enter the building the next morning.

What You Can Do to Protect Staff & Other Patrons

  • Wear your face mask when needed.
  • Wash your hands.
  • Keep 6 feet apart from others.
  • Consume food and uncovered drinks outside.
  • Supervise children ages 13 and under.


Frequently Asked Questions

I can't wear a face mask or covering. What should I do?

If you are vaccinated you do not need to wear a mask. Unvaccinated and need special accommodations? Please call 847-663-6640 for more information.

Can I browse the collection and check out materials?

Yes! There are no limits to how long you can stay in the Library.

I have a library card from another library. Can I use Express Checkout?


I need to pick up materials I have on hold. What should I do?

You may pick up your materials inside the building during open hours. If you are interested in using the No Contact Holds Pick-Up service, click here for more information.

I need to return my checked out materials. Where should I return them?

The indoor and outdoor automated returns are open at the main entrance.

Can I start requesting materials from other libraries?



Other Ways to Use the Library

No Contact Holds Pick-Up

Pick up materials and technology equipment safely via the No Contact Holds Pick-Up service. Click here for more information or call 847-663-6662.

Homebound Delivery

Niles-Maine cardholders who are unable to pick up materials due to health reasons may sign up for Homebound Delivery. Click here for more information.

Virtual Programs

Visit our online calendar for virtual programs for adults, teens, and kids.

Answering Questions

Contact us via live chat, email, or phone with reference questions, reading recommendations, and more.

What’s Next? Personalized Recommendations

Share with us your likes and interests and we will find your next great book, audiobook, movie, magazine, and more. For AdultsTeens, and Kids


Materials Return

The indoor and outdoor automated returns are open at the main entrance.


We're Thinking of You

  • 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.
  • Live chat is available during Library open hours.
  • 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.

eBooks and Audiobooks:

Movies, TV, Documentaries:


Magazines and Newspapers:


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

Virtual Events

Join us for a virtual program! Watch many past programs here.