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Welcome to the Library

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Mission Statement

Discover Your Library: Your gateway to information, reading enjoyment, cultural enrichment, community involvement, and lifelong learning.

How to Get a Library Card

Library CardAs a resident or taxpayer of the St. Charles Public Library District, you are entitled to a Library card. Two forms of identification, one with your name and current address, are required. Children under 18 must have a parent’s signature. Only non-residents who live in CUSD #303 may obtain a card for a fee. For more information, to apply for a card, or to request a tour, please inquire at the Circulation Desk. More information...

What You Need to Know…

Loan Periods, Holds & “My Account”
Loan periods vary according to the type of material. Please check your receipt. Most items may be renewed by telephone or online. Fines are charged for overdue materials. If the item you want is checked out, we will put it on hold and notify you when it is available, or you may place a hold through the Library’s catalog. A Library card and PIN are required to place holds for materials or to check your personal Library record, “My Account,” on the web. (If you have not used “My Account” yet, your PIN is CHANGEME.) Overdue and hold notices may be received by email by entering your email address on the “My Account” page. More information...

Can’t Find What You Need?
If the Library does not have the material you want, we will try to borrow it from another library through Interlibrary Loan, or you may use your card at any participating library in the State of Illinois through the Reciprocal Borrowing Program.

Book Returns
You may return books at the Library in the lobby, at curbside, and under the portico, or at remote book drops at the Valley Shopping Center, Foxboro Plaza, and Silver Glen Crossing.

Where to Find Program Information
For details about programs, call 630-584-0076 extension 1,
Youth Services at 630-584-9390, or check the calendar of events. Information also is mailed quarterly to all District residents with copies available in the Library. Another source includes At Large...news for large print readers. Library publications are available to St. Charles Public Library cardholders on audio cassette by calling 630-584-0076, extension 219 or 269.

Public Access Computers
The Info Commons provides computers dedicated to specific tasks such as accessing the online catalog, searching the Library’s information databases, checking email, or using the Microsoft Office Professional suite. A small number of computers with Internet access are available to non-cardholders. WiFi is available throughout the building.

Technology CenterTechnology Center
The Technology Center, for St. Charles Library cardholders only, is situated on the main level across from the Information Services Desk. The computers offer full Internet access, several Internet browsers, the Microsoft Office Professional suite, a variety of other programs such as Instant Messaging (IM), and a scanner.

Net.Gallery & Vending Machines
On the mezzanine level is an art gallery and WiFi lounge known as the Net.Gallery. Wireless access, comfortable seating, and Artist of the Month displays are located there. Also find vending machines with fresh-brewed coffee or a snack. A great place to relax and take a break.

Artist of the Month & Display Cases
Work by local artists, as well as displays produced by the Library, are regular features. The Library welcomes exhibits by local individuals and groups. Contact Denise Blaszynski at 630-584-0076, extension 240 for display cases, and Artist of the Month.

Carnegie RoomMeeting, Conference, & Study Rooms
Meeting and conference rooms are available for public use.
Please call 630-584-0076, extension 230, for information and the fee schedule. Two study rooms are available to St. Charles Library cardholders on a first-come, first-served basis.

Special Accommodations

Available to assist you during your visit: A Sundancer scooter to use in the Library and an assistive listening system in the meeting room. Please contact the Library 48 hours before a program if you require any special accommodations such as a sign language interpreter.

Employment Opportunities
Check the current Positions Available or see postings at all public service desks.

Adult Services

Ask Us!
The print and online collections contain a rich variety and depth of resources to meet your reading and information needs. Librarians can help you locate materials and information in the Library and beyond. Internet accessis available in the Library or on your laptop on the Library’s wireless network. Get reference help from your home or office by visiting the Library’s website and using our online reference service, Ask a Librarian - Live! After hours, please see our Ask Us! page for more help.

Looking for Something to Read?
The Readers Services Staff offer suggestions for recreational and informational reading, personalized reading lists, background materials for local book discussion groups, as well as programs throughout the year. A blog on our website, Read@SCPL, spotlights book news, favorites, and staff recommendations.

For Businesses
Services include research assistance, directories, trade magazines, investment information, and HR, legal, and business start-up guides in print or online. 

Programs for Adults
Enjoy Sunday Concerts, Books@Noon, evening lectures, book discussions, a Writers Group, author readings, computer classes in the Technology Center, and programs cosponsored with area organizations. More information...

Outreach Services:  630-584-0076, ext. 219 or 269
Outreach Services facilitates Library use for patrons with special needs or circumstances. Special needs include, but are not limited to, visual, mobility, and hearing impairments. Large print books, audiobooks, the Kane County Chronicle on tape, and assorted magnifiers and other assistive devices are available for use in the Library, and many may be checked out. Anyone who is temporarily or permanently homebound is eligible for home delivery.

Young Adults (YA)

By The WayA collection of fiction, audiobooks, graphic novels, and magazines, located on the mezzanine in The Loft, is for high school students. The Annex is a space adjacent to The Loft where students can study together, work on group projects, relax and read, or just socialize with friends. In reference and nonfiction books and databases, students can find numerous resources and information for assignments on current issues and events. Get help from a librarian face to face, or chat with a librarian online from the Library’s website. The Teen Services web pages offer research guides, reading suggestions, resources on teen issues, and the newsletter, BTW–By the Way.

Youth Services

Just for Kids – Infants through Grade 8
Youth Services provides information, reference assistance, and programs for children, students, and adults. Our collection of materials includes books, audiobooks, music, puzzles, educational computer games, and downloadable books and video. From early literacy to science projects, the ASK ME Desk staff is available to assist you.

Homework & Research
Find answers using the Youth Services Reference collection in the Library or locate information from home via the Library’s website. Specialized online resources cover countries, states, history, biography, science, animals, health, literature, and more. Need help with your homework? Start at the ASK ME Desk, use the Homework Center, or talk with a Live Homework Help tutor. Students may work on a project or access the Internet in the Youth Services Info Commons.

Good Reading
We offer reading suggestions in person, on booklists, and with displays. Search our lists on the website by the name of an author, a book title, or subject keyword.

Programs & Junior Friends
Programs for infants, children, students, and families include story times, reading clubs, workshops, storytellers, puppet shows, concerts, and seasonal events. Middle school students may volunteer for the Junior Friends groupext link or be on the Advisory Board. Details about all programs may be found on the Library website, at the ASK ME Desk in Youth Services, or in the quarterly calendar of events.

Library Visits & Services for Groups
Schools, Scout groups, preschool centers, and other organizations are invited to contact the Library for services, group visits, programs, or tours. Call Youth Services directly at 630-584-9390 or visit the Library’s website.

How you can help…

Friends of the LibraryFriends of St. Charles Public Library & Volunteers
Friends of St. Charles Public Libraryext link are a group of citizens interested in helping the Library. They raise funds by conducting Used Book Sales. The Library also has a group of adult volunteers. Applications for the Friends of St. Charles Public Library and the Volunteers are available at the Circulation Desk or through the Library website.

St. Charles Public Library Foundation
The Foundation receives and administers endowments, donations, gifts, and bequests for the enhancement of the Library’s services and facilities. Contributions are tax-deductible. For more information contact Pam Leffler at 630-584-0076, extension 228, or email her.

Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley: 630-584-2811
Volunteer tutors are paired with adults who need to read, write, and/or speak English better. The group also offers a high school completion program in partnership with Community Unit School District 303. To find out how you can volunteer, how you can get help, or for more information about high school completion, call or visit www.lvfv.org.

Library History

Library HistoryThe St. Charles Library Association was a private subscription library founded in 1889. It occupied a room in a building at 203 E. Main Street. The first board of directors of the present Library met for organization on April 18, 1906. The Library Association donated its collection to the new Library. The original building was erected at a cost of $15,000 in 1908 with $12,500 provided by a grant from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.

In 1926, the first expansion program was completed with the addition of a mezzanine. A basement area was paneled in 1934 to become the Children’s Room.

In November 1962, voters approved a bond referendum for $255,000 for an addition to the building that was completed in 1964. In 1973, the Children’s Department was moved to the lower level, making possible the expansion of the adult services area. The original Carnegie Library became office space.

In 1986, voters approved $2,925,000 in bonds for an addition that was completed in 1989. The 1908 and 1964 buildings were remodeled, with the former being opened once again to the public and housing the business and genealogy collections.  A mezzanine provides a gallery, study areas, and The Loft, a Young Adult area.

In 1995, the Helen Gale Story Room, named in memory of a former children’s librarian, was constructed in the Youth Services Department. This was the first project of the St. Charles Public Library Foundation. The next Foundation project was the renovation of the Carnegie Community Room in 1998. This area was restored to its original purpose for public programs. In 1999, with the Friends of St. Charles Public Library, the Carnegie Walk was installed and the lawn was landscaped.

In 2002, a Technology Center was built with grants from the Illinois Secretary of State and the Library Foundation. In 2003 a new ASK ME Desk was constructed for the Youth Services Department.

In 2004, the Foundation donated a sign for the northwest corner of the Library property and in 2005 commissioned a sculpture entitled “Read Them Like a Book,” by sculptor James G. Jenkins, for the Carnegie lawn near the original entrance to the Library.

In 2007, Youth Services converted to all self check out stations. Stations also were added to Adult Services and self-serve holds were introduced.

Hours

Monday – Thursday
9 am – 9 pm
Friday
9 am – 8 pm
Saturday
9 am – 5 pm
Sunday*
Noon – 5 pm
*June – Labor Day
1 – 4 pm

Contact Us! 

  630-584-0076
Information Services Desk
extension 1
Circulation Desk/Renewals
extension 0
Outreach Services
extension 219 or 269
Meeting Room Reservations
extension 230
Library Director
extension 228
   
Youth Services
630-584-9390
   
FAX
630-584-9262
 

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