During these challenging times, we want you to know we're doing all we can to provide Library materials, services, and expertise to you and your household. While the Library remains closed until further notice, we're expanding and enhancing the ways we serve you digitally. Here's a list to help you get started - we will continue to update this page until we're able to welcome you back to the Library building again.
We'll get through this together.

Important news: due to the Shelter In Place order, all book returns have been shut down. Please do not return any Library materials while we are temporarily closed. No fines will accrue, all due dates have been extended. Thank you for your understanding!

Local information and helpful resources - medical assistance, senior care, food pantries, help for small businesses, much more

Library services available right now:

Apply for a Barrington Area Library card online - even if you've never had a card before - or renew your card, in order to make use of these outstanding digital resources. We're expediting these processes as much as possible at this time.
Apply: https://webpac.balibrary.org/polaris/patronaccount/selfregister.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.7
Renew: https://www.balibrary.org/renew-your-card

Digital collections, including thousands of e-books, e-audiobooks, digital magazines and newspapers, streaming movies and TV shows. Many of these providers have expanded their offerings to give you more choices, and more checkouts per month, at this time. Get started: https://www.balibrary.org/downloads

Ask questions, get assistance: our Customer Service and Adult Services teams are here to help, Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 6 PM.
Use the Library’s email contact forms: https://www.balibrary.org/contact-us#email or online chat via our website or social media sites
to send in your questions. Make sure you're on our e-mail newsletter list, too - that's the best way to stay informed about Library services.

Download or stream thousands of music selections, from classical to contemporary hits.

Wifi: due to construction on the Library's front entrance, wifi is temporarily unavailable. We will resume service as soon as possible, and we apologize for the inconvenience.

Online research and learning services. Great for students participating in e-learning, great for the whole family: explore your genealogy, learn a new language or a new computer skill.
Research services: https://www.balibrary.org/databases
Online courses/video tutorials: https://www.balibrary.org/online-learning
NEW: Ancestry.com is making its Library Edition available for free to at-home users at this time. Get started on our Genealogy page, have your BALibrary card number handy:

Join us for Together We Read, an all-ages digital reading program! Create an account, then log in your minutes of reading and listening, along with other fun and educational activities. You'll be eligible for weekly gift card drawings, and your participation will count toward weekly community goals, sponsored by local nonprofits. 91 participating readers already earned a $200 donation to our local food pantries from BStrong Together - thank you for being our first nonprofit sponsor! Sign up for Together We Read right now and start reading.