Library News

New Database:
We have a new database! is an online learning tool for software, business, technology, software, and creative skills. Learn how to use Excel, master Photoshop, or even pick up some new tricks for your iPhone. The possibilities are unlimited! To get started, click here and enter your library card number and PIN. Please note that you must have a Lake Bluff Library card in order to use either at the library or at home.

We're Hiring!
We are looking for a part-time Publicity Coordinator & Assistant Programmer to join our Adult Services department! Sound interesting? Click here to learn more about the opening.

NEW! Adventures of a Desert Queen: a Meeting with Gertrude Bell
Tuesday, May 12 at 1:30pm
Program Update: Betsey Means will give a presentation on Gertrude Bell instead of the previously announced presentation on Gertrude Stein.

Gertrude Bell was a lone woman in the male Muslim world of the Middle East, a famous author who wrote about the Arabs, an acknowledged archeologist, a courageous traveler who dined with china and crystal and dressed in extravagant clothes. Gertrude was the first woman to be taken into the British Imperial Service as Oriental Secretary. She was the most powerful woman in the British Empire in the years after WW1. She achieved nothing less than a miracle by creating the modern state of Iraq.

Friends of the Lake Bluff Library Book Drive
Saturday, May 16 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
The Friends of the Lake Bluff Library Book Drive is back just in time for spring cleaning! Bring your old books and textbooks* to the library’s Spruth Room on Saturday, May 16 between 10:00am and 4:00pm. The west side door will be open to take your donations. We’ll have tax letters available if you’d like a record of your donation. Donated materials will be sent to Better World Books, an online bookseller that donates a portion of each sale to high-impact literacy projects and the Lake Bluff Library. If you would like to volunteer during this event, please email Linda Schwartz at

Pictured on the left are just some of the 3,300 books we collected last year!

* Books and textbooks only, please. We cannot accept encyclopedias or other reference materials. We cannot accept donations with mold, mildew, dirt, water damage, or other excessive damage.

Teen Craft: Up-cycle for Earth Day
Thursday, April 23 at 7:30pm
Make your friends green with envy! Come to the library and make crafts out of up-cycled materials!

Mad Hatters Return!
Saturday, April 25 at 11:00am
Join us for this fast-paced, exciting program sponsored by the Junior League of Chicago. These amazing performers use their hats as their costumes as they tell stories and sing songs to entertain all.

New interlibrary loan forms!
Our new interlibrary loan forms are up and running. These new forms have better integration with your online account. Click here for instructions on how to use our interlibrary loan service.

Our new calendar is live!
Our new calendar includes a lot of exciting new features, including email reminders and integration with your online account! Click here for instructions on how to register for programs.

Improved Text Notifications
Have you heard about our new and improved text message notifications? You can now receive text message notifications in addition to your phone or email notifications. Best of all: you can also renew your items via text! This is an opt-in service, so if you were already signed up for text message notifications, you are not automatically signed up for the upgrade notifications. For instructions on opting in, please click here.
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.

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.