Enhancing the local quality of life by providing a gateway to knowledge and a community meeting place.

The Town and Country Library is more than just a place to catch up on your reading, it’s a gateway to knowledge! Your library card doesn’t just let you check out books, it gives you access to our extensive databasesmovies and music selections.

Device Charging Stations

General Information

Library Hours

Monday – Thursday: 9 AM- 9 PM

Friday – Saturday:  9 AM-5 PM

Sunday 1 PM-5 PM (year round except for holidays)

IN THE CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER. If Kaneland  school district is closed due to weather conditions, all Library programs will be cancelled for that day. Information on weather-related closings will be posted on the Library’s social media and broadcast on WGN-TV. Please call 630-365-2244 to make sure the Library is open.

Holiday Closings

  • July 4, 2016    Independence Day
  • September 5, 2016    Labor Day
  • November 24, 2016    Thanksgiving Day
  • December 24, 25, 31, 2016    Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve
  • January 1, 2017    New Year’s Day
  • April 16, 2017    Easter
  • May 29, 2017    Memorial Day
  • July 4, 2017    Independence Day

Library Cards

Residents

If you live or own property in the Town and Country Public Library District you are entitled to a library card. Residents or renters can be verified on the Kane County Treasurer’s website:  www.co.kane.il.us/treasurer/.  Click on “view real estate taxes.”

A resident may apply for a borrower’s card upon reaching the age of 5 (five) years.

The signature of a parent, guardian, or other legally responsible person is required for all persons under the age of 18 years.  Library cards are issued for 2 (two) years.

To obtain a Library Card, bring proof of identity and proof of residency to the Library.

  • Photo ID: driver’s license, state ID, military ID, or U.S. passport
  • Proof of Residency: current utility bill, real estate tax bill, rental agreement or lease, current credit card bill, or other legal document showing your nameand current address

Lost or stolen cards must be reported to the Circulation Department as soon as possible.  A $5.00 fee is charged for replacement of a card.

If you have additional questions about signing up for a Library card, please call 630-365-2244 or click for Borrowers Cards Document.

Non-Resident Cards

If you do not live within the Town and Country Public Library District, information for non-resident cards may be found on the Borrowers Cards .

Renewal

Library cards may be renewed at the desk.  There is no charge to renew your Library card.  You will need the large portion of your card showing name and expiration date.  Please provide proof of identity.  Proof of residency may be required if you have moved.

Board of Trustees

Agendas

Minutes

The Board of Trustees serves as the corporate (governing) authority for the Library District.

  • President:  David Burroughs
  • Vice President: Aimee Miller
  • Treasurer:  Stephanie Butler
  • Secretary:  Jenny Bishop Wold
  • Trustee:  Kelly Gagne
  • Trustee:   Mary Jane Hansen
  • Trustee:  Phil Albano

To reach your trustees by email, use this address: boardoftrustees@elburn.lib.il.us

Meeting Dates

All regularly scheduled Board meetings are held at 7:15 PM at the Library, 320 E. North Street, Elburn, Illinois.
Special meetings and committee meetings will be announced and posted in accordance with applicable law.

REGULAR BOARD MEETING DATES FOR THE COMING FISCAL YEAR (JULY 1, 2016-JUNE 30, 2017):

  • July 11, 2016
  • August 8, 2016
  • September 12, 2016
  • October 10, 2016
  • November 14, 2016
  • December 12, 2016
  • January 9, 2017
  • February 13, 2017
  • March 13, 2017
  • April 10, 2017
  • May 8, 2017
  • June 12, 2017

Fines and Fees

Please refer to the chart below for a list of loan periods and overdue fees.  You will not be able to check out items if you have more than $20.00 in charges.  Charges of $25.00 or more are referred to a collection agency.  Patrons are charged a $10.00 fee for each  referral.

Library Materials: All items except for those specified below

  • Loan Period: 3 Weeks
  • Fines Per Day Per Item: $0.25

Material Type: Books – 7 Day

  • Loan Period: 1 Week
  • Fines Per Day Per Item: $0.25

Material Type: New DVDs

  • Loan Period: 1 Week
  • Fines Per Day Per Item: $0.25

Material Type: Youth Holiday Books

  • Loan Period: 1 Week
  • Fines Per Day Per Item: $0.25

You may pay your fines with a credit card, cash or check at the library or online.

Sign up for email and Shoutbomb text message notifications. Overdue notification is a courtesy. The library is not responsible if notification is not received. Please go online or call to renew items before the due date.

FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) REQUEST INFORMATION

FOIA Procedures for Town and Country Public Library District

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT
Email requests should be submitted to foiarequests@elburn.lib.il.us.
The FOIA is a state statute that provides the public the right to access government documents and records. The law provides that a person can ask a public body for a copy of its records on a specific subject and the public body must provide those records unless there is an exemption in the statute that protects those records from disclosure. The following items are intended to provide general information to facilitate the process of requesting information under FOIA.

The Town and Country Public Library District enhances the local quality of life by providing a gateway to knowledge and a community meeting place. (Library Mission Statement adopted 1/13/2014).

  1. The Library District’s annual budget is approximate $3,500,000. The Library employs 25 staff members.
  2. Procedure for requesting information under FOIA
    1. The request must be written: forms are available at the Circulation Desk and from the designated FOIA officers.
    2. Written requests include those received by letter, fax, and email.
    3. Please be as specific as possible about the type of information requested.
    4. The request should be directed to one of the FOIA officers listed below.
    5. Requests sent through the mail should be sent to one of the FOIA officers at this address: 320 E. North Street, Elburn, IL 60119.
  3. FOIA Officers for the Town and Country Public Library:
    1. Mary Lynn Alms, Library Director
    2. Kathleen Semrick, Circulation Supervisor
    3. Catherine Korthals, Adult Services Librarian
    4. Dwayne Nelson, Youth Services and Reference Librarian
  4. Fees
    1. The first 50 pages are provided free of charge, as long as they are a letter or legal size and are black & white.
    2. Any copies over 50 pages are $ .15 per page.
    3. The Library District does not charge for the search or review of records, or for personnel costs involved.
  5. Denial of Requests
    1. The requester will be notified in writing if the Library District intends to deny a request submitted under FOIA.
    2. If denied, the requester has the right to a review of the request by the Public Access Counselor.

The Library District will respond to written requests within the 5 business days specified in the statute, or within the exceptions as allowed by the statute. Additional FOIA information can be found at www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov.

Town and Country Public Library Organizational Flow Chart

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Library Meeting Rooms

Reserve A Meeting Room

Meeting Rooms

I. Meeting Rooms

The Town and Country Public Library District has two rooms available for use by the public:

  • Meeting room (capacity: 50; can be divided in two)
  • Arnold & Mildred Erickson Conference Room (capacity: 20)
Preference will be given to Library or Library-related groups for use of these facilities. When not being used by the Library, the rooms are available to groups pre-approved by the Library Director. An application for use of the meeting rooms must be filled out and returned to the Library Director prior to a group’s initial use of the meeting rooms. The application will be kept on file at the Library.

Requests for use of a meeting room should be made at least four weeks in advance.

In accordance with the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights and its interpretation pertaining to meeting rooms, the Library does not limit use of the meeting rooms based on the subject matter of the meeting, or on the beliefs or affiliations of the meeting’s sponsors. Permission to use the meeting rooms in no way constitutes an endorsement of any group’s policies or beliefs.

Date approved: 8/13/01

General Rules

II. General Rules

  • Groups using the rooms must set up for their meeting.
  • Rooms must be left clean and in good condition. If they are not, a minimum charge of $50.00 will be assessed, and that group’s use of the meeting room may be suspended.
  • Refreshments may be served if provided by the group and all leftovers and waste are removed at the conclusion of the meeting.
  • Library furniture and equipment must be returned to its original location.
  • Use of Library equipment may be requested but cannot be guaranteed.
  • Damage to Library furniture and equipment is the financial responsibility of the group using it when damage occurred.
  • The Library will not provide consumable supplies.
  • Persons using the meeting rooms are subject to the rules governing patron behavior in the Library.
  • Persons using the meeting rooms may not leave children unattended in the Library.
  • The Library does not provide baby-sitting services for children of persons using the meeting rooms.
  • Use of the meeting rooms cannot be scheduled on days the Library is not open.

Meeting Room Restrictions

III. Restrictions
  • No admission may be charged for programs held in the meeting rooms.
  • No selling or solicitation may take place without written permission of the Library Director.
  • Smoking is not permitted at any time.
  • Alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs are not permitted at any time.
  • Excessive noise or use of hazardous materials is prohibited.
  • Groups composed of members under the age of 18 must have at least one adult chaperone in attendance for every 25 attendees.
  • Meeting rooms may not be used for social gatherings such as dances, parties, showers, etc.
  • Meetings or programs which, in the opinion of the Board of Trustees and/or the Library Director, would interfere with the work of the Library staff will not be permitted.

Library Newsletter

Our newsletter, LibraryLine, is mailed quarterly. In addition, enewsletters are sent to all email addresses on our patron list occasionally to promote programs and important Library information. A special Holiday Edition is mailed in late November to highlight the December programs and activities. Extra copies of the LibraryLine are available at the Library if you have not received yours.

Check out a NOOK today!

Take home your own mini library today. We are offering eReaders to our patrons to bridge the digital divide and provide everyone in the community access to this technology.  Providing the eReaders allows the library to add books to its collection, thereby extending our collection and our services. An adult library card is required.

Shoutbomb Text Alerts

This service will text you about holds, renewals and almost overdues. In addition, it will allow you to renew eligible items with a simple return text message. Send a text to magic@shoutbomb.com. In the body of the message type SIGNUP and send… follow the instructions after that. If you have trouble call the Library at 630-365-2244.

LIBRARY PROGRAMS & EVENTS

Programs sponsored by the Library will support the stated mission, vision, and strategic plan of the Library. Programs strengthen the Library as a vital part of the community, enhance the library experience for its patrons, and help the Library reach out to new and diverse constituencies. The Library offers both educational and entertaining programs.

Library Services

  • TRAVELING LIBRARIANS

    We will bring the Library to you! Our team of traveling librarians will deliver and return library materials for those unable to get to the Library for an extended period of time.

  • EXAM PROCTORING

    Available by appointment.

  • NOTARY SERVICES

    Notary Services by appointment only.

  • INTERNET ACCESS

    The Library provides 12 computers to the public for internet access. Microsoft Word and other Office programs are available on all the computers. Printouts are available for $0.10 for black and white pages or $0.50 for color.

  • COMPUTER CLASSES

    Classes cover Microsoft products such as Word, Power Point, Outlook and Publisher, as well as basic computer topics. You may register online or at the Library.

  • POPULAR DATABASE ACCESS

    Databases such as Gale, Heritage Quest, and BookFlix can be accessed the Library or from home on any computer, using your Library barcode and pin number. Ancestry Plus is available only in the Library.

  • VOTER REGISTRATION

    Several of the members of our library staff are able to assist you in voter registration.

  • MICROSOFT OFFICE AND COMPUTERS

    Office Suite products include: Access, Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Publisher. Computer Classes are also available to learn to use these products.

  • BUSINESS CENTER

    The Business Center is located next to the copiers. It includes stapler, pencil sharpener, and three-hole punch. Plain white business envelopes can be purchased for $0.10 each.

  • FAX MACHINE

    Faxes can be sent for $1.00 a page or $2.00 a page for international destinations.

  • FREE WIFI

    Wireless Internet access is available throughout the building thanks to the generous support of the Shodeen Family Foundation.

  • STUDY ROOMS

    Two private study rooms have power sources for laptop computers, wifi and LAN connection.

  • HOMEWORK HELP

    This program provides homework assistance from a certified teacher at the Library Monday through Thursday during the school year, 5:30 – 7:00 PM. This program will provide students with an opportunity to receive homework assistance from a certified teacher and high school volunteers.

  • MAGNIFIER

    Donated by the Elburn Lions Club, the video screen magnifier can enlarge books, newspapers and other print media.  This Optilect machine is available without an appointment.

  • EBOOKS AND EAUDIOBOOKS

    Digital ebooks are offered from our website through Overdrive, Axis360, and OneClick Digital.

Books For Sale

We are pleased to offer three books by local authors for sale at the Circulation Desk.

Line Kansas — Memories of Korea 1950 to 1958 by David Baillie: $25.00.
This book tells of the author’s experiences during the Korean War through poems and narratives.

Elburn: 44 Miles to Chicago by Donald G. Westlake: $6.00 
A book of verse concerning historic Elburn, this book also contains pictures of familiar places from years past.

Sidewalks of Elburn by Marilyn Robinson $10.00

Automatic Reserve System

You can now sign up at the circulation desk for our Automatic Reserve. This program lets you choose up to three automatically yours authors.  We then will put you on hold automatically for every book that author publishes that we receive!  All you need to do is wait for our phone call telling you your book’s in.  Please call or visit the library if you have any questions or to sign up.

Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Town & Country Public Library is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization of volunteers who support the library.  All proceeds benefit the library.  For more information, contact the library at (630) 365-2244 or visit www.elburnfriends.org

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