The Library Never REALLY Closes

We are looking after our patrons in many ways during this temporary closure of the library from March 16 through March 31, 2020.

We have a lot of great online resources available to patrons with Des Plaines Library cards. If you do not have a library card, you can fill out our online application from home. We will process temporary cards while we are closed so that you can access our online resources. We will issue physical cards once we re-open. 

We want you to get what you need now, so we will be increasing access to checkouts in Hoopla from 10 a month to 20.

We will also be keeping a close eye on holds and ordering additional copies of in-demand ebooks and eaudiobooks so that our patrons can get them faster.

And, if you have physical materials checked out, like books and DVDs, don’t worry! 

Fines and due dates are extended to April 1, 2020 when we will reassess the situation. 

If an item you requested is waiting for you, we are not cancelling holds at this time either. 

If you have any questions about our online resources, or any other questions about the library, email us at and we will be happy to assist you.

Current Events

Listen to our podcast, Miner Recs, where we discuss popular books, movies, resources and other trends. 

Global Newsstream gives you access to hundreds of national and international newspapers including the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times. 

Newswires provides real-time access to top world-wide news fomr the Associated Press, United Press Internationsl, PR Newswire, Xinhua, CNN Wire, and Business Wire on a continuous basis. 

PressReader includes current newspapers and magazines in several languages, presented in full-page format with photgraphs, advertisements, crossword puzzles and cartoons. This is a great way to read world-wide news or develop your skills with another language. 

US Hispanic Newsstream provides access to a large collection of leading Hispanic newspapers, news wires, websites, and blogs in both Spanish and English including El Dario, La Opinion, La Prensa, and Extra.


Digital Library of Illinois and Hoopla include downloadable audiobooks, ebooks, and videos for kids and adults

Kanopy is a streaming service for highly acclaimed independent, foreign, and classic films. 

Kanopy Kids includes Oscar nominated family films, PBS kids favorites, literary classic adaptations:Where the Wild Things Are, Johnny Appleseed, Little Red Hen and more. 

RBdigtal offers access to Acorn TV, IndieFlix, and Pongalo's offering of Spanish language telenovelas and translated movies. 

Online Learning

BookFlix includes a variety of classic video storybooks and related nonfiction ebooks in one of nine learning categories. It also includes Spanish titles and educational games. For grades Pre-K - 3. 

Gale Courses includes online courses on a wide range of topics including technology, computer applications, accounting, law, web design, healthcare and personal enrichment. Courses in Spanish, French, Italian and Japanese are also offered. 

HelpNow and HelpNow en Espanol provides free online help for kids, teens, and adults. All core subjects offered for grades 3-12 AND resume and cover letter review for job hunters too!

Lynda has thousands of online video tutorials that can help you learn software, technology, creative, and business skills to achieve personal and professional goals. 

Mango offers a wide variety of fun ways to help you learn another language. 

Teachables from Scholastic includes teaching resources for every subject K-8 including printables, lessons, mini-books and more. Search by grade level, subject, state standards, theme and/or genre. 

Tumblebook Library is a collection of animated, talking picture books, puzzles, and games. Includes books in Spanish and French. 

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