The Barrington Area Library began 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: on Monday, May 3, the Library resumed regular in-person hours.
Monday - Friday: 9 AM to 9 PM
Saturday: 9 AM to 5 PM
Sunday: 1 to 5 PM


NEW: Study Rooms, Business Cubicles, and First Floor Conference Room are open.
Please note the following:

  • Use of the rooms is limited to Barrington Area Library cardholders.
  • Use of the rooms is limited to the following capacities:
    • Business Cubicles: 1 person
    • Study Rooms A, B, D, E, Forum, Bar, Lounge: 2 people
    • Conference Room: 3 people
  • Customers over the age of two are required to wear masks in all parts of the Library, including these rooms.
  • Customers may reserve a room for a session of one hour and 45 minutes. Customers may make one reservation per day, and may request one renewal (for one hour and 45 minutes) if the room has not been requested by another customer.
  • Rooms will be cleaned after each use, and new air filtration devices will be in use.
  • Book online now with your BALibrary card.

NEW: Tables and chairs now available for use on the Library's second floor

Need a place to sit and work or study? Request a chair at the second floor Reference Desk and then choose one of fourteen tables available on a first come, first served basis. All tables are on the second floor. Please note: no more than four people at a table at one time; your mask must be worn over your mouth and nose at all times; food is not allowed in the Library at this time. When you are finished, please return your chair to the Reference Desk for cleaning.


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.

Barrington Area Library cardholders may now use our Interlibrary Loan borrowing service. At this time, we are only borrowing from Illinois libraries.


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. Studio Kids, Studio 1.
  • Indoor Library programs. Browse our online Events Calendar for outstanding virtual and outdoor 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.
  • 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.