Which Kane County Public Libraries Are Open?

Which Kane County Public Libraries Are Open?


As of this writing, several libraries in Kane County have reopened their doors to the public, with safety guidelines and specific hours of operation.

In fact, the much-anticipated opening of the new Geneva Library will begin — by appointment only — starting Monday, July 13.

The following is the latest information on reopenings, as posted on library district websites and social media pages.

Please click the link in the header to visit the library website directly and get the most up-to-date information.

Kane County Library Districts

Algonquin Area Public Library: JULY 20

Beginning Monday, July 20, the Algonquin Area Public Library will reopen its doors (at both locations) for quick visits for the community to browse materials, get reference and readers’ advisory assistance, and fax or make copies.

You may also make appointments to register to vote or get notary services at the Main Library. The public computers, study rooms, quiet reading room, play areas, and any places to sit and gather will NOT be available.

Library officials are requiring that you:

  • Properly wear a mask at all times (ages 2 and up).
  • Maintain physical distance of 6 feet from others when possible.
  • Understand that maximum occupancies will be enforced (125 at Main Library; 20 at Branch Library).
  • Browse and take items to enjoy. Keep visits short (less than one hour).

If you cannot wear a mask for health or personal reasons, you may still use the curbside service. If you need other assistance, please call or contact the library online.

Aurora Public Library: TBA

“Our buildings are closed, but we are open for Curbside Hold Pickup and Public Computer Appointments at all locations.”

Batavia Public Library: TBA

The Batavia Public Library is open for curbside materials hold pickup and printouts pickup. Batavia Public Library cardholders can place items on hold or create a print job from home. Library staff will contact customers when holds or printouts are ready and will schedule a pickup time.

“Please note, we will adjust our plans as things continue to develop. In addition, we will be processing items in the order they were requested, starting with the backlog of materials requested before the library closed. Thank you for your patience with extended waiting periods during this time!”

Big Rock Public Library: TBA

Big Rock Library is closed per the Illinois guidelines set during the stay-at-home order.

“We hope to minimize the opportunity for transmission of the virus to the community and our volunteers. If you have a few good books to read.”

Ella Johnson Memorial Public Library: JULY 6

The library will look and operate in a different way as officials reopen the building to the public.

“We hope to offer friendly and helpful library services while doing our best to keep the community safe. Thank you for your patience, cooperation, and ongoing support.”

Library hours, starting July 6:

  • 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday
  • 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday
  • 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
  • Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday

Note: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday is designated for vulnerable populations for this first week.

How will our library visit be different during the time of COVID-19? When you arrive, you’ll be greeted by a staff member to create a safe visit for all. When entering the building, patrons over 2 years of age must wear a mask or face covering and follow physical distancing guidelines.

What if I cannot wear a face covering/mask for medical reasons? Or I don’t want to come into the library at this time? Please call us at 847-683-4490, and we will be happy to make accommodations for you.

Is there a limit to how many people can visit the library at a time? We have a limit of 30 patrons in the library at a time in order to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19. We also ask that you keep your visit as brief as possible.

Fox River Valley Libraries: JULY 6

Gail Borden Public Library: JULY 6

The Gail Borden Public Library buildings reopened with care as of Monday, July 6, but visits to the library buildings will be quite different compared to pre-COVID to protect the health of both the staff and visitors.

Please read the guidelines and hours below before visiting our locations.

Visitors will find that:

  • Masks are required for visitors age 2 years and older to enter the buildings.
  • Social distancing will be required.
  • There will be occupancy limits.
  • The Early Learning Center will be closed at the Main Library.
  • All children 13 and younger must be accompanied by a caregiver.
  • The first hour of the day will be reserved for vulnerable populations Monday through Thursday at all buildings.
  • The library building hours will be slightly shortened for additional cleaning.

Library Hours

Main Library (270 N. Grove, Elgin)

  • 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday
  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Friday and Saturday
  • Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday
  • Vulnerable population hours are 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday though Thursday.

Rakow Branch (2751 W. Bowes Road, Elgin)

  • 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday
  • 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday
  • Noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday
  • Vulnerable population hours are 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday though Thursday.

South Elgin Branch (127 South McLean Boulevard, South Elgin)

  • Curbside service seven days a week.
  • 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday — Grab and Go
  • 10 a.m. to­ 3:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday — Grab and Go
  • Noon ­to 4 p.m. Sunday — Grab and Go
  • Vulnerable population hours are 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday though Thursday.

Geneva Public Library: JULY 13

We are excited to announce our opening next week!

“We thank you for your patience, and we can’t wait to welcome you to your new Library at 227 S. Seventh St., where we will offer you a safe, personalized experience.”

To ensure the safety of our community and staff, the library will offer one-hour appointments for browsing, checking out materials, and computer use. Time and capacity limits are in place to promote social distancing and keep everyone safe.

Now you can choose how to enjoy your library: virtually via our website, gpld.org, with our drive-up service, or in person.

Because COVID-19 still impacts daily lives, the library must follow standards from the state of Illinois for reopening. The library is opening with limited in-building service at this time. In addition:

  • Officials have increased building cleaning schedule and disinfect high-touch surfaces throughout the day
  • All library visitors must wear masks and observe social distancing guidelines at all times
  • Hhand sanitizer is available at the entrance to the library, and additional sanitizers located throughout the building for your convenience.

Questions? Email us at geneva.library@gpld.org, or call us at (630) 232-0780.

Huntley Area Public Library: TBA

The library has made some changes to its Hold Pickup Service. Beginning Monday, July 6, 2020, no appointment is needed for lobby pickup.

Residents who place items on hold may begin picking them up inside the library without an appointment beginning July 6.  Please remember to wait to visit us until you receive a notice that the items are available.

Notifications are sent by email or phone call when your items are ready for you. A face covering is required to enter the library building. 

If you wish to have items delivered to your vehicle, please schedule an appointment once you are notified that your items are available for pickup. You can schedule your pickup appointment online at www.huntleylibrary.org/schedule or by calling 847-669-5386 and pressing 7 to speak with a staff member.

Park in the designated spaces in front of the library (across from the blue book drop) and call the main number at 847-669-5386, press 1 when you arrive.  A staff member will deliver your hold materials to you.   

Kane County Law Library: JUNE 1

The Law Library is now physically open as of June 1, 2020.

“We are excited to have our regulars back and to see new faces! To STAY physically open and helping you, we need your support by your following the social distancing and mask/face-covering directives in place ​per General Orders 20-21 and 20-22.”

Please see the 16th Judicial Circuit’s website​ for important information regarding Court operations during COVID-19​​​.

Kaneville Public Library: JULY 1

Maple Park Public Library: JULY 6

Messenger Public Library of North Aurora: JULY 13

The library plans to reopen to our community with reduced services and hours. Pending Library Board approval and health considerations, several changes will be in place for the safety of our public and staff.
  • The services will include browsing and material check out, curbside service, and limited computer access.
  • All patrons over the age of two will be required to wear face masks, maintain social distancing, limit their time in the library, keep staff interaction to under 10 minutes, and take advantage of our self-service checkout, copier, fax and printing.
  • No more than 50 people will be allowed in the building, so there may occasionally be a wait time to enter the Library.
For more information, call the library at 630-896-0240.

St. Charles Public Library Opens July 15

The St. Charles Public Library is opening July 15 at the Haines building, 305 S. 9th St.

“Call us at (630) 584-0076, live chat on our website scpld.org/live-chat or text (630) 998-7275. A library staff member will respond as soon as possible.”

Sugar Grove Public Library: JULY 13

Town & Country Public Library District: JULY 6

Building Reopening with limited services: july 6th

Starting July 6, Town and Country Public Library will be opening its doors to the public for limited services. What does this mean?

All persons entering the library must wear a face covering and must maintain a 6-foot distance from all other persons when practicable. Reasonable accommodations such as curb-side service and online resources are available to those who are medically prevented from or decline to wear a face covering.

Those refusing to wear a face covering and/or to maintain six foot distance when practicable shall be required to leave the library.

This policy shall be lifted automatically when the Illinois Department of Public Health declares that the state has reached Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois plan. The policy shall be reinstated automatically should the Illinois Department of Public Health determine that the state must return to any phase lower than Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois plan.

  • Patrons may enter building to pick up holds, select materials, and for limited computer use but are asked not to linger.
  • Social-distancing provisions, such as unidirectional aisles and 2 person per aisle limit, will be in place.
  • Patrons are asked to us the sanitizing station at front entrance upon entering.
  • Study rooms, meeting rooms, the coffee bar, and the Storytime area will remain closed.
  • Youth playhouse and toys will not be available and all cloth furniture will be removed.
  • Patrons are asked to wipe down computer keyboards, mice, and surrounding table surfaces with the provided antiseptic wipes after use.
  • Staff will not be able to directly assist with copiers or computers.
  • No fines will be assessed during the summer, but should a patron wish to pay for previous fines no cash will be accepted at this time.
  • A maximum of 40 patrons will be permitted in the library at one time.
  • Curbside services will still be available.