MUST-visit libraries
in the west + far west suburbs of Chicago

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GENEVA PUBLIC LIBRARY

227 S. Seventh Street

Geneva, IL 60134

LIBRARY FEATURES | 

  • Flexible innovative space with a vast digital library, book club bundles, tech rentals, and 3D Printing

  • A vast calendar of events and classes for people of all ages

KIDS AREA | 

  • Kids Landing offers activities, programs, and resources beginning with early literacy, creative play, and storytimes, to book clubs, S.T.E.A.M., and robotics that provide hands-on learning and fun.

  • Homework help and study resources are available

MEETING ROOMS | 

  • Study rooms and a studio are available for reservation up to a capacity of 12

  • Meeting and conference rooms are available to reserve for up to 200 chairs

Photo courtesy of Geneva Public Library

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ST. CHARLES PUBLIC LIBRARY

1 S. Sixth Avenue

St. Charles, IL 60174

LIBRARY FEATURES | 

  • Newly renovated, a community artist gallery, landscaped courtyard functioning as event space, a wide variety of tech and software, and a wide variety of programming and events for all ages

KIDS AREA | 

  • An interactive environment with regular activities such as in-person and virtual storytimes, homework resources, and a rotation of available take-home educational activities and crafts

MEETING ROOMS | 

  • Five study rooms are available plus larger conference and meeting rooms

Photo courtesy of St. Charles Public Library

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SANTORI LIBRARY

101 S. River Street 

Aurora, IL 60506

LIBRARY FEATURES | 

  • A state-of-the-art center for technology, information, literacy, creativity, and community.

  • Equipped with a Makerspace, local history and genealogy room, teen space, and study rooms.

KIDS AREA | 

  • Learning kits, storytimes, make or take crafts, and a variety of age-tailored resources available for children and teens

MEETING ROOMS | 

  • A wide variety of study rooms, meeting and board rooms are available to rent

Photo courtesy of Santori Library

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SUGAR GROVE PUBLIC LIBRARY

125 S. Municipal Drive
Sugar Grove, IL 60554

LIBRARY FEATURES | 

  • Artistic exhibition space, a monthly wintermarket October - April, a summer music series, and "The Library of Wonderful Things:" a collection of non-traditional items that are useful for social, recreational, or educational purpose.

KIDS AREA | 

  • Storytimes, K-6 clubs, drop-in crafts, movies and more, including homework help.

  • The Teen Zone is equipped with four computers, three study tables, and a gaming area to play PS3, PS4, or Nintendo Switch games

MEETING ROOMS | 

  • Two study rooms and five meeting rooms are available to reserve

Photo courtesy of Sugar Grove Public Library

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NAPERVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY (95th Street)

3015 Cedar Glade Drive

Naperville, IL 60564

LIBRARY FEATURES | 

  • Book discussions, NaperLaunch Academy business support services, genealogy and local history resources, a rotating art display, tech buffet, and a green screen room

KIDS AREA | 

  • Homework help resources, early literacy support, and a variety of storytimes and arts and crafts programs

MEETING ROOMS | 

  • Meeting rooms, conference rooms, & study rooms are available to reserve

Photo courtesy of Williams Architects

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YORKVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY 

LIBRARY FEATURES | 

  • Curbside service, local history, book clubs, a Library of Things, an artist wall, reading programs, and a variety of events for all ages

KIDS AREA | 

  • Storytimes, literacy centers, a children's e-reading room, arts and crafts, monthly therapy dogs, teen reading room

MEETING ROOMS | 

  • Large meeting rooms and group study rooms are available for reservation

Photo courtesy of Williams Architects

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BATAVIA PUBLIC LIBRARY

10 S. Batavia Avenue

Batavia, IL 60510

LIBRARY FEATURES | 

  • Computers, technology, printing + 3D printing, notary public on staff, curbside pickup, and a cafe inside

KIDS AREA | 

  • Youth discovery kits available along with a variety of toys and games, homework resources, and regular story times, and an outdoor kids garden

MEETING ROOMS | 

  • Several small study rooms and larger study rooms (3-8 people) plus larger meeting rooms are available by application

Photo courtesy of Batavia Public Library

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GAIL BORDEN PUBLIC LIBRARY (Main)

270 North Grove Avenue
Elgin, IL 60120

LIBRARY FEATURES | 

  • Third largest public library building in the state and frequent hosts of both large and small exhibits

  • Ample natural light with seasonal vistas of the Fox River

  • Technology classes and computer centers and a digital media lab

  • A large assortment of events and classes

  • Roll N Donuts cafe located inside!

KIDS AREA | 

  • KidSpace hosts a variety of games and activities for children along with a full schedule of storytimes and events

  • Middle School Zone offers help with homework, volunteer opportunities, and free music downloads

  • Studio 270 is geared toward high schoolers and offers a digital media lab and resources for college bound students

MEETING ROOMS | 

  • Study rooms are available for up to 6 people and can be reserved in advance

  • Meeting rooms are available for groups of 7+ and applications for use are available online. Tech rentals and food + beverage are available

Photo courtesy of Gail Borden Public Library

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DEKALB PUBLIC LIBRARY

309 Oak Street 

DeKalb, IL 60115

LIBRARY FEATURES | 

  • Book clubs, genealogy resources, a health reference center, and a wide variety of events for all ages

KIDS AREA | 

  • Weekly story times and crafts, regular STEM/STEAM programs, digital resources and gaming systems for kids of all ages

MEETING ROOMS | 

  • Insulated sound studio and a variety of meeting and study rooms are available to reserve

Photo courtesy of The MidWeek

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WARRENVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY

28W751 Stafford Place

Warrenville, IL 60555

LIBRARY FEATURES | 

  • Curbside service, book discussions, extensive digital resources

KIDS AREA | 

  • Toddler time with singing, dancing, stories and finger plays; crafts to-go, STEAM activities, puzzles, discovery packs and science kits

MEETING ROOMS | 

  • Study rooms, quiet rooms, and teen rooms are available

Photo courtesy of Product Architecture + Design

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NAPERVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY (Nichols)

200 W. Jefferson Avenue

Naperville, IL 60540

LIBRARY FEATURES | 

  • Bi-monthly Brown Bag Lectures on art, history, culture, and timely relevance, a large event calendar for people of all ages, virtual programs, and vast digital offerings

KIDS AREA | 

  • Homework help resources, early literacy support, and a variety of storytimes and arts and crafts programs

MEETING ROOMS | 

  • Meeting rooms, conference rooms, & study rooms are available to reserve

Photo courtesy of Williams Architects

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