Dear Library Patrons,

Starting Monday, September 28, Midlothian Public Library will resume its regular hours of operation:

  • Monday-Thursday, 9 AM - 8 PM
  • Friday-Saturday, 9 AM - 5 PM

As is the case currently, the library doors will be unlocked during all open hours for most library services, and appointments are not required.

Curbside pickup will be available 10 AM - 4 PM daily. Call or order online to place your order. Walk-in pickup (at table near door) for pre-ordered materials will be available during all open hours.

Homebound delivery for individuals confined to their home or vulnerable to the Coronavirus due to age or medical condition continues as well.

Delivery of materials from other SWAN libraries and the option to pick up materials at the SWAN library of your choice have resumed.

As computers and WiFi tables are limited, appointments are recommended but not required. Please call (708) 535-2027 up to two business days in advance to book an appointment.

Masks are required at all times, and children under age 12 must be accompanied by a responsible adult age 18 or older. For more information about library services during our reopening period, please visit

Wishing you safety and wellness,

Jennifer Cottrill,

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Dear Library Patrons,

Starting September 1, Midlothian Public Library will join the growing number of libraries across the country that have gone "fine-free."

What does this mean?

When you check out an item at Midlothian Public Library and return it late, you will no longer be charged a fine. In addition, all fines for overdue materials you've already returned will be forgiven. Also, if you have an item in your possession that has been overdue for so long that it has been counted as "lost," if you bring back that item in good condition, the lost charge and processing fee will be waived.

Why are we doing this?

Library fines have been shown to create a barrier to access to library resources for those who can least afford it. Individuals who cannot pay their fines sometimes give up on library use, which runs contrary to this library's commitment to encouraging lifelong learning. Also, research shows that fines don't really work as a motivator to return materials on time. Fines or no, people return items to the library at about the same level of timeliness.

Does this mean I never have to return what I borrow?

Well, no, it doesn't mean that. We still ask that you return your items in a timely manner so that others may use them. And we have certain safeguards in place to remind you to do that:

  • When an item becomes 14 days overdue, your account will be blocked until the late item is returned.
  • If an item is 42 days overdue, the item will be counted as "lost," and you will be billed for the cost of the item plus a processing fee until you return it.
  • If an item is 60 days overdue, your bill will be sent to a recovery agency, who will send you notices until you return the item. The recovery agency charges us a $10 service fee, which we will pass on to you and require you to pay.
  • If you damage or lose a book, you will still be responsible for paying the replacement cost of the book plus a processing fee.
  • If you have $10 or more of unpaid lost or damaged charges, processing fees, or referral agency fees, your card will be blocked, and you will have to pay down your balance to under $10 to use your card again.
  • If you check out materials at another library that does charge fines, you can still accrue overdue fines at that library.
  • For complete details, please see our Circulation Policy.

So, on September 1, we hope you will join us in celebrating our new fine-free status by checking out some library materials--either by curbside pickup, homebound delivery, or in the building by appointment or by walk-in at one of our one-hour time slots. Please see for further details.

Wishing you safety and wellness,

Jennifer Cottrill, Library Director
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Libraries are committed to following the values of our profession as set forth by American Library Association (ALA). These values include equity, diversity and inclusion, social responsibility, and lifelong learning. At this moment in history, Midlothian Public Library follows the example of the ALA and the Illinois Library Association in declaring that we stand against racism and systemic injustice in all forms. In the words of the ALA, “Wherever it resides, racism leads to degradation. It weakens our institutions and destroys our communities and is one of the greatest obstacles to the American Library Association’s mission ‘to enhance learning and ensure access to information to all.’”

Midlothian Public Library is committed to creating a library environment where all are welcome and treated with dignity and respect. We endeavor to provide educational resources to assist members of our community of all ages to learn about the realities of racism and injustice and to build a library collection that reflects the diversity of human experience. We pledge to engage in ongoing self-examination to ensure that bias and discrimination have no place in the practices, policies or procedures of this institution. In doing so, we aspire to do our part to eradicate racism from society and create a more just world.

Jennifer Cottrill, Library Director and the Midlothian Public Library Board of Trustees

Dear Library Patrons,

For weeks, I have been working with the regional and statewide library associations to which we belong and following the public health announcements of Governor Prizker and various public health agencies, and I have formulated a draft plan for a phased reopening of Midlothian Public Library. This Monday, May 11, at 6:30 PM, the Library Board of Trustees will meet online to authorize start dates and procedures for Phases 1 and 2 of this plan.

Options for Joining the Online Public Meeting

On an Internet browser, go to

On a tablet or smartphone, install the free Zoom app and type in Meeting ID: 841 2294 9806

By phone, dial 1-312-626-6799 and enter Meeting ID: 841 2294 9806

Options for Public Comment

By email to Board President Mary Chiz, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5:30 PM on May 11. Comments submitted in advance by email will be read aloud during agenda item # 5.

During agenda item #5, comments will be invited by chat or voice in the Zoom platform.

The meeting agenda is available here.

The recording of the public meeting will be posted on the library's YouTube channel on Tuesday, May 12 and made available for one week following.

Wishing you safety and wellness,

Jennifer Cottrill, Library Director

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Dear Library Patrons,

Here are some things you can do online this week with Midlothian Public Library!

New! Thursday Evening Online "Chat" Series for Adults

Chat with library staff about a different topic on Zoom each week and learn while you socialize.

Thursday, May 7: Craft & Chat

Learn more about crocheting, share what projects you are working on (whatever your craft), help each other through rough patches, and enjoy visiting with other crafters.

Join on a desktop or laptop computer by going to installing the free Zoom app on your phone or tablet and typing in Meeting ID: 859 4480 0253, or by dialing 1-312-626-6799 and entering the same Meeting ID. Questions may be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Upcoming Programs in "Chat" Series

May 14: Garden & Chat

May 21: Creative Writing & Chat

May 28: Movies & Chat

See our online program calendar for more details!

Reminder! "Read to a Librarian" Online Program for Kids

Sign up for a 20 minute slot to read to a librarian once a week! Sign up for the time that works best for you from our online program calendar, and we will pair you with one of our fantastic librarians to read with you using Zoom!

For ages 4-12, any reading level. An adult must be in the room while the child is reading.

Our librarians are looking forward to seeing you online!

Wishing you safety and wellness,

Jennifer Cottrill, Library Director

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