The Barrington Area Library will begin welcoming customers back into the building on Monday, March 1, 2021, for browse and borrow services.

“Browse and borrow” is our way of reorganizing the Library for:

  • quick, convenient visits,
  • a great selection of books, movies, and more,
  • efficient, friendly service,
  • all in a safe and clean environment.

What can customers expect during this phase of the Library’s reopening?

Per Illinois Executive Order 2020-32 and Library policy, all Library staff and customers over the age of two years must wear a face covering over their mouth and nose while inside the Library and at outdoor events. If you aren’t able to wear a face covering, please contact us so we can find the best way to assist you.

Please note the following temporary in-person service hours:
Monday - Friday: 10 AM to 6 PM
Saturday: 9 AM to 5 PM
Sunday: 1 to 5 PM

Additional virtual hours and services: Staff will also be available for phone, chat, and email assistance from 9 AM to 9 PM on weekdays, 9 AM to 5 PM on Saturdays, and 1 to 5 PM on Sundays. Appointments may be scheduled for virtual one-on-one assistance. Most Library programs and events will be online, throughout the week.

Pick-Up and Delivery Options that work for you:

BALibrary cardholders may:

Customers who enjoy browsing may request a new Browsing Bundle of books or movies.

Computers and Technology:
Customers may use:

  • Wi-Fi;
  • Simple Scan stations (scan, save, fax, email, and more);
  • Remote Web Printing (send print jobs to the Library and then come inside to print);
  • Library Catalog/15 Minute Express Internet stations (quick searching);
  • Business & Tech center computers: customers may reserve for one hour, and renew for a second hour, if available;
  • BALibrary cardholders may submit 3-D print jobs and complete laser-cutting projects to our Digital Services team.

Visit the computers/Internet and MakerLab pages for more details. Printing/copying/scanning will no longer be available for Parking Lot Pick-Up, and normal fees for printing will be reinstated.

In order to provide the safest experience possible, some Library services and facilities will not be available during this phase. These include:

  • Youth Services play areas and interactives. Visit our online Events Calendar and Youth Services blog for take-home activity kits and virtual programs.
  • Youth Services computers and iPads.
  • Meeting Rooms and Zimmerman Room. Study Rooms, Conference Room, Business Cubicles, Studio Kids, Studio 1.
  • Public seating/work areas: there are no tables, chairs, booths, or other seating available.
  • Indoor Library programs. Browse our online Events Calendar for outstanding virtual events for all ages.
  • Newspapers & Newsletters - there is no way to disinfect these items between uses, so they will not be available during this phase. This is a great time to try PressReader - free online access to thousands of newspapers and magazines, including the Chicago Tribune. Magazines will be available for checkout.
  • Interlibrary Loan.
  • In-person one-on-one appointments.

We know this experience will seem different from the Barrington Area Library you know and love. We will continue to research best practices and seek out the advice of state and local health care authorities, in order to offer expanded services to our community in the future, in the safest environment possible.