Getting Items

Skokie cardholders can request items be reserved for pickup at the library or at one of the bookmobile's community stops

Browsing

If you are looking for specific items, we recommend that you place them on hold. If you're not sure what you want, you may browse the collection in person and use a self-checkout kiosk. Please bring your library card with you. You must wear a mask, maintain at least a 6-foot distance from others, and limit your visit to 60 minutes or less.

Browsing hours are:

  • Monday-Friday, 10 am-7 pm
  • Saturday, 10 am-6 pm
  • Sunday, noon-6 pm

We will limit the number of people allowed in the building and may ask you to wait outside until someone else leaves before we invite you to come inside. 

Things may have moved around a bit since your last visit, due to our renovation. You can download a map of our collections to help you find your way around.

Learn more about our safety guidelines and what to expect when you visit

Placing Items on Hold

Log in to your library account and search the catalog for items you would like to check out. 

You can filter your search results to only the available items by checking the box on the left side of the screen. 

Choose whether you would like the items held at the library or taken to a bookmobile community stop. If you aren’t prompted to choose a pickup location when you place a hold, you may need to turn off one-click holds in your library account. You can also change your settings to set your default pickup location.

Screenshot of account preferences dashboard in the library catalog user account



We will get the requested items off the shelf and set them aside for you. This may take several days depending on when you make your request, the availability of the item, and how many requests we're working on.

When your items are ready to be picked up you will receive an email confirmation. Please wait until you receive that email before coming to get them. Your items will not be ready until we notify you.

Picking Up Items

After you receive an email stating that your items are ready, you will have seven days to pick them up at the location you selected when you placed the hold.  

If you selected pickup at the library, enter through the west doors during holds pickup hours:

  • Monday-Friday, 10 am-7 pm
  • Saturday, 10 am-6 pm
  • Sunday, noon-6 pm

Your items will already be checked out to you. Just grab them and go!
This is to keep everyone safe, by minimizing the length of time that anyone needs to be indoors. It also helps keep the line short and fast!

If you selected pickup at the bookmobile, visit any of our scheduled community stops.

Please wear a mask when picking up your holds and follow all the posted safety guidelines. Learn more about what to expect when you visit.

Event Supplies 

Certain registered library events include materials, which you will need to pick up at the library. After you register for a program that includes materials, we will notify you via email when your packet is ready for pick up. Enter the west doors and proceed to the holds pickup area. Look for the envelope with your name on it inside the blue cubbies. You can also make arrangements to pick up your event supplies from one of the bookmobile's community stops. Just follow the instructions in your email confirmation.

Please wear a mask when picking up you items and follow all the posted safety guidelines. Learn more about what to expect when you visit.

Print Pickup

We can print black and white documents for you by request. We can only print in black and white at this time. You will be notified by staff when your prints are ready. Printed documents will be placed in a sealed security envelope. Enter the west doors and proceed to the holds pickup area. Look for the envelope with your name on it inside the blue cubbies. You will have 7 days to pick them up. 

Please wear a mask when picking up you items and follow all the posted safety guidelines. Learn more about what to expect when you visit.

Returning Items

You may return checked out items by placing them in the open book drop on the south driveway of the library, using the self-service return station inside the west doors during service hours, or bringing them to one of the bookmobile's community stops. Please allow a few days for returned items to come off of your library account. 

Donations are still prohibited. Any non-library items placed in the book drop will be disposed of.

Getting Help

Not sure what you're looking for? We're here to help. Our expert staff have created lots of lists of their favorite titles. We can also recommend titles specifically for your tastes through our Bookmatch and Screenmatch services. 

You can also call 847-673-7774 or use the chat box in the lower-right corner of our website to get help from our staff any time during normal library hours. 

Send us an email if you have suggestions. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram so that we can stay in touch regularly. And subscribe to library emails by entering your email address below so that you get all the latest news.