The Library Board of Trustees has approved a Strategic Plan of action and we are hard at work executing it. Check back often for up-to-date information on what we're doing. Please send us your feedback.
Visit us at the newly constructed Ask Us Desk on the second floor. Receive a variety of book suggestions, get research assistance, and learn to use our resources - all in one, convenient location at the top of the stairs.
For your convenience, we now have reusable bags available for checkout. Grab a bag from one of the many racks around the library and check it out with your materials at the Circulation Desk. Bags can be returned along with your books at any return area.
Instant message us directly from our website anytime during business hours. Use the chat box to start up an immediate conversation with one of our librarians for reading suggestions, research help, or audio/visual assistance.
Mobile App: Download It Today!
Visit dgl.boopsie.com or scan this QR code on your mobile device to reserve titles, access your account, get directions, contact us, and download eBooks—all on the go!
iPads for Checkout
DGPL cardholders ages 14 and older can now check out iPads for in-library use. Loaded with more than 300 apps, the iPads can be used for gaming, music, social media, and more. Bring a photo ID and your library card to the Readers’ Advisory Desk to get started.
DGPL cardholders can experience eBooks without the commitment of buying an eReader by using one of ours!
A variety of apps, magazines, and books for children of all reading levels are included on Nooks and Kindle Fires. These are available at the Junior Room Desk or can be reserved by searching "dgs junior room" in the catalog.
The Readers’ Advisory Desk also has Nooks, Kindles, and Sony eReaders available for checkout. Each device comes pre-loaded with a selection of best-selling adult fiction and nonfiction, teen, and children's titles. Sony eReaders have a direct link to eMediaLibrary, so you can check out and download titles of your choice. Search "dgs Sony Reader" to reserve.
Don't forget to sign in to your eMediaLibrary account to see titles exclusively for DGPL cardholders! For more information on eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eReaders, visit our Downloadables page or call the Ask Us Desk.
Calculate the Value of Your Library Use
How much would the services of your public
library cost if you had to pay for them directly? Use the Value Calculator to
estimate the value of your library use.
Are You in the Mood to Read?
Let us suggest some books for you! If your favorite authors are not writing fast enough, or you're in the mood to read something different, we can help. Fill out our new Reader Form and librarians will provide you with a custom list of books that match your reading tastes. Fill out as much of the form as you wish, keeping in mind the kinds of titles you are in the mood to read or listen to right now. The more information you provide, the easier it will be for us to suggest titles you will enjoy. We will contact you within a week with your list. Information will be kept in strict confidence between you and library staff.
Brainfuse HelpNow is an online tutoring service available for a variety of academic needs. Students from 1st grade through college can receive immediate assistance from a live tutor. Ask for help on a specific homework problem, improve a skill, such as multiplying fractions, or submit a written paper for constructive feedback. You can also take practice standardized tests and find tips for writing a resume.
Live tutors are available seven days a week, from 2:00–11:00 p.m. Access Brainfuse HelpNow from the homepage, or find it on the A–Z Databases, Ask a Librarian, and Homework Help pages.
Borrow a Kill-A-Watt and Check Your Energy Use
ComEd has donated two Kill-A-Watt meters that circulate to library cardholders. The meters can be used to measure the amount of electricity that an appliance or device uses. Kill-A-Watt meters can be borrowed for two weeks and, like coal or natural gas, cannot be renewed.
Read Downers Grove History at Your Feet
Read the stories contributed by donors to the library's Garden
Walk. You can purchase and personalize a brick and contribute to the Downers Grove Public Library Foundation's
Garden Walk. Donations are used to add to the library's artwork
collection and for other library enhancements.
The Library and the Patriot Act
It is the policy of the Downers Grove Public Library, as well as State law under the Illinois Library Records Confidentiality Act, that all records of an individual's use of the library are confidential. However, library patrons should be aware that Section 215 of the U.S.A. Patriot Act gives Federal agents the ability to seek a secret search warrant to obtain access to library records. For more information see Is Your Use of the Library Private?
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Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
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