Library News

The library's online catalog for looking up library materials owned at CHPL and other SWAN libraries is getting a new look! The new catalog goes live on Monday, October 25. 

For information on using the new catalog, go to Using the Catalog.

Try out the New Catalog. 

If you would rather use the old catalog, you can still access it through April 2022 by clicking on the "Search the Classic Catalog" link on the top right of the new catalog page.

We are conducting a survey to find out more about ways the library could better serve the community and focus its resources. Your responses will help us greatly in planning long range goals for the library.

This survey should only take 10-15 minutes to complete.

Survey Button Online 

Survey Button Paper

A paper copy of the library's survey will be inserted in the October 7th Clarendon Courier. Paper copies of the survey will also be available at the library. Surveys can be returned to the library’s Check Out Desk or its Book Return which is accessible outside by the library’s doors. More than one person in a household may complete a survey. 

Please return your completed survey to the library by Friday, December 19, 2021.

There is also a special survey for younger children available in the Youth Department.

We appreciate your feedback!

Due to the new CDC guidelines brought on by the surge of Delta variant COVID cases, the library requires everyone in the library – vaccinated or not – to wear a face covering. Out of respect for our employees and other library patrons, especially those who are immuno-compromised or ineligible for vaccination due to medical condition or age, please wear a face mask in the library building. 

We thank you for helping keep the community safe and healthy!

The Library building is open to the public with pre-pandemic hours.


Library building hours are:

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays:   9:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Wednesdays and Fridays:               9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturdays:                                           9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


During IL Phase 5, What Has Changed from the Limited Walk-In Services of Phase 4?:
  • Mask Requirements:
    Due to the CDC guidelines brought on by the surge of the Delta variant COVID cases, the library requires everyone in the library – vaccinated or not – to wear a face covering. Out of respect for our employees and other library patrons, especially those who are immuno-compromised or ineligible for vaccination due to medical condition or age, please wear a face mask in the library building. Mask Policy was updated to this on 8/3.
  • The library now has multiple tables/chairs available in the public areas.

  • There are now 3 public Internet stations available for use for one hour per day per person without a reservation.

  • Newspapers are available again for in-person reading.

  • The drinking fountain is available.

  • Starting June 22, we will go back to normal loan periods instead of checking out all items for 3 weeks.

During IL Phase 5, What Has Not Changed?

  • We continue to encourage social distancing to the extent possible, especially indoors, and encourage people to wash hands and/or use hand sanitizer frequently.

  • The meeting rooms are still not be available for groups to rent.

  • The Youth Department’s iPads and toys are still unavailable for use.

Thank you for working with us during these challenging times! 

 Additional Library Information:
  • Call us at 630-323-8188 to answer reference questions.

  • Check out our program calendar to see what fun and informative virtual programs we are offering.

  • Use the library digitally by downloading eBooks; listening to downloadable and streaming audiobooks; streaming movies and TV shows; streaming music; reading digital comics and magazines; and much more.

  • The book drop is open. Feel free to return library items. Returned items are no longer being quarantined before being checked in.

  • WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING BOOK DONATIONS AT THIS TIME.


The following are reliable sources of information about COVID-19 and helpful tools to help you stay informed:

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization

Illinois Department of Public Health

DuPage County Health Department

Information for Communities

Preventative Actions