Wanted: Fish Whisperer

Lake Bluff Library is looking for a person with knowledge and a love of freshwater fish and their environments to help maintain our 50 gallon freshwater fish tank in the Children's Department. Please contact the Children's Department for more information.




Create a Username for Your Online Account!

Tired of typing in your library card number to log in to your online account? We are pleased to report that there is now an easier solution! You can now set up a username for your online account. Click here to view a handout with instructions on setting up your username. If you have any questions, please feel free to call or visit the library.







New Calendar

We are transitioning to a new calendar interface for our programs! Unfortunately, online registration is not available as we work to make the transition. Registration is still available on the phone or in person, so please feel free to give us a call or stop by the library to register. Visit our calendar page to see our upcoming programs.

New Digital Services!

Chicago Consumers' Checkbook (In Library Use Only) The Consumers' Checkbook is a non-profit organization that evaluates the quality of service provided by local stores and service firms. Browse reviews and evaluations to get up-to-date information about businesses in your area. Head on over to our Digital Resources page to take a look.

EBSCO Databases!
We just added over 20 new EBSCO databases to our digital resources page! New additions include Consumer Reports, Consumer Health Complete, Academic Search Premier, Auto Repair Reference Center, Searchasaurus, Middle Search Plus, and more! Head on over to our Digital Resources page to take a look.




Other Library News

Library Board of Trustees Meeting Date Changed to Tuesday, August 19 at 7:00pm
The Board of Library Trustees has changed the date of their regular monthly meetings. Click here for more information.
Patron Satisfaction Survey Results
From December 5, 2013 to February 7, 2014 the Lake Bluff Public Library collected survey information from our patrons. The Library has already begun using that feedback to improve how we serve the community. Click here to read the Survey results and click here to read about some of the actions we have already taken. You can also find this information on the For Your Information page.
Sierra Upgrade
We are happy to report that the library has completed the upgrade to Sierra, our new Integrated Library System. The library staff would like to extend their appreciation and thanks for your cooperation during the final stages of our migration.

The bulk of the upgrade has been completed, but library staff continues to work on configuring the new system. At present, there are a few things to be aware of:

  • * Interlibrary Loan: ILL will be changing soon. Please continue to use the existing webforms to place your requests.
  • * Credit Card Payments: Our new software vendor is working on setting up online credit card payments. We expect to have functionality restored soon.
  • * Text message notifications: There has been a slight delay in implementing our SMS messaging suite. If you have signed up for text notifications, you may have missed a notification during the initial implementation. Text notifications are currently working, but they are not optimized for mobile delivery right now. This will change shortly.
  • * Tutorials: We are working on creating guides for using our new catalog. They will be available on the website and at the library very soon, so keep checking back!

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us for assistance.

Help Us Test Our New Website!
The library is looking for a few volunteers* to help us test our new website. If you are interested in helping us, send your contact information to circdesk@lakeblufflibrary.org!*Not all volunteers will be selected for testing.


College Aid
Monday, October 6 at 7:00pm
The college financial aid system, which includes scholarships, grants, student loans, and tax saving opportunities, is designed to help relieve the expenses of college. Joe Orsolini has twenty years of experience as a Certified College Planning Specialist and a Certified Financial Planner. His program introduces three key areas to reduce the overall cost of a college education, including strategies to maximize need-based financial aid, merit-based aid, and how to exploit tax-saving opportunities.


Teen Read Week Contest
Sunday, October 12 through Saturday, October 18
This year's Teen Read Week theme is "Turn Dreams Into Reality." Complete our trivia challenge for a chance to turn your dreams into reality... if your dreams include winning a $25 gift card to Starbucks!
Paws for a Tale
Mondays, October 20 through November 24 at 7:00 PM, 7:30 PM and 8:00 PM
Registration Required
Appointments will be 20 minutes each

Register to Attend -- Call or Visit the Children's Department
Children in grades 1 through 5 can sign up to read to a certified therapy dog. These gentle dogs are nonjudgmental and great listeners for children who could use some quality time reading out loud or would just enjoy reading to a good listener. Children may sign up for multiple sessions; time slots will go quickly. *Parents will need to sign waiver forms.


The Health Insurance Marketplace
Visit our Affordable Care Act information page for resources on purchasing health insurance and finding more information from official sources. Please be aware that insurance is only purchased through offical Marketplace sites and not through the library information page.