COVID-19 & the CPL library

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Update: June 14, 2021

  • All are now welcome into the library building; we are no longer restricting building access to Cicero residents. 
  • Appointments to use computers are optional. Walk-ins are now welcome. 
  • Library card holders will have a 2 hour time limit on computers. Guest pass users will have 1 hour. 
  • Face masks must still be worn at all times while in the building.
  • Unless they are too big, all book returns must be placed in the book  drop outside of the building.
  • Business hours:
    • Monday to Thursday 9 – 7:30
    • Friday 8 – 4:30
    • Saturday 10 – 4:30 

Update: May 14, 2021

  • Although the CDC Mask Guidelines have changed, all library patrons are still required to wear a mask at all times while in the building. Masks must be worn no matter your vaccination status
  • All ages are welcome, however, only Cicero residents are allowed into the building (with proof of residency- this may be your library card).
  • Appointments are only required for computer usage (1 hour limit on computers). 
  • Stacks are available for browsing.
  • Business hours:
    • Monday to Thursday 9 – 7:30
    • Friday 8 – 4:30
    • Saturday 10 – 4:30 
  • For Covid-19 resources-including where to get tested and where to find vaccines- please visit our Cicero Community Links webpage.

Update October 1, 2020

  • Starting October 5, 2020, the Library will extend business hours of Monday to Thursday 9 to 8, Friday 9 to 5, and Saturday 10 to 5.
  • No browsing of materials at this time.
  • Appointments are no longer required to visit the Cicero Public Library but are recommended as occupancy is still limited and adults may only enter the building at appointment times.
  • We will give priority access to all students with a school I.D. located in Cicero and will now be allowed in the library and may enter the library outside of the stated appointment times.
  • YS computers will be opened up with social distancing measures in place .
  • If students are actively working on schoolwork there will not be a time limit for them.
  • Children who visit with a parent or caregiver do not need to present a school ID.
  • First appointment slot on Wednesdays, from 9:30-10:30 a.m., will be reserved for senior citizens.

For full details read here: Cicero Library Update October 2020 or call our Circulation Department at 708-652-8084 x5.

Update July 3, 2020

Library Director Sandra Tomschin is pleased to announce the Cicero Public Library will be open to Cicero residents starting July 7th. There will be restrictions in place to better serve our community and keep everyone safe!
Please read the following for more information:

Update June 12, 2020

  • On Wednesday June 17th, we will begin offering curbside pickup service

The Cicero Public Library is planning to make library materials available to our patrons in a contact-free curbside pickup service. The library is taking every precaution to ensure that this service is provided in a way that is safe for patrons as well as library staff while in-person services remain unavailable.

For full details on Curbside go here:

Update June 1, 2020

  • Drop Box is now open 24/7. For everyone’s safety, we hang onto all items for a minimum of 3 days before checking them in, so there will be a slight delay before it shows checked in on your account.

All due dates are still extended to July 6 so there is no hurry to return. No fines have accrued during the shutdown.

Send any questions or requests for assistance to

Update May 22, 2020

  • All due dates extended to July 6

Get a temporary library card to access all our online resources:

Reputable sources that have answers to questions about Census 2020, income taxes, paid sick leave, unemployment, stimulus payments, COVID-19:

Reference service is always able via e-mail, please send questions to

Update May 1, 2020

  • Cicero Public Library patrons can place holds ONLY on CPL-owned materials which will be ready to pick up once library opens. This temporary change is due to current restrictions on the delivery of materials between libraries. Once normal delivery is restored, patrons can resume placing holds on materials from other libraries.

If you have any questions, please feel free to send an email to

Update April 21, 2020

  • All due dates extended to June 3
  • Card expiration extended to July 4 (for all cards expiring between January 1 and June 30, 2020)
  • All notices, billing, and collection reports suspended

If you don’t have a library card but would like to access all our online resources: (While we are closed we encourage you to utilize the Library’s offerings of digital content. See below for more information.)

Got questions about Census 2020, income taxes, paid sick leave, unemployment, stimulus payments, COVID-19, etc.? It’s important to consider the source you are getting information from, here are some answers to questions you might have right now from reputable sources:

ALSO! Reference service is still available via e-mail, please send questions to

March 13, 2020

In aligning with the school district’s decision to close the schools, the library board has decided that in the interest of public safety, the Library will be closed effective Tuesday, March 17 until further notice.

What to know about the Library closing:

  • All programs and meetings are cancelled.
  • All billing is suspended until May 1.
  • All Due Dates between March 7th and April 30th will be updated to May 1 .
  • Holds will be suspended. Items already at the Library on hold for you will still be waiting for you when we re-open. Other items you have on hold will keep your place in line.
  • While we are closed we encourage you to utilize the Library’s offerings of digital content. See below for more information.
  • If you need access to the internet, the Library’s WiFi network extends to parking spaces behind, directly in front of, and across the street from the building.

As this situation is changing daily, please continue to check the Library’s website for up-to-date information about library services.

Use the Library’s Digital Resources

You can continue to do online research with the Library’s online resources, including find news, full-text articles, language learning, homework help, and more.

We encourage you to check out eBooks, eAudibooks, and digital magazines for your computers, phones, and tablets at home
Read e-books, listen to audiobooks, digital music, watch digital movies & TV shows)
A step by step instruction on signing up for hoopla digital
Check out eBooks and eAudiobooks with Axis360.
Read digital magazines on your computer, phone, or tablet with Flipster.

If you are sick or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, please stay home to protect others. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Stopping transmission through everyday practices is the best way to stay healthy:

  • Cover your mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, or cough into the inside of your elbow. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often, especially before eating and after contact with public surfaces. Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick and avoid contact with other people.
  • Call you healthcare provider immediately if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever or symptoms of respiratory illness, such as a cough or difficulty breathing.

More information about COVID-19 is available at, Cook County Public Health, or WHO. You can also call Illinois’ COVID-19 Hotline at 1-800-889-3931.

You can also visit the Town of Cicero Website and the Illinois Public Health for updates.


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Library Contact Information

5225 West Cermak Road
Cicero, Illinois 60804
Ph: (708) 652-8084
Fax: (708) 652-8095

Library Hours

HOURS: Mon-Thurs 9am-8pm, Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 10am-5pm, closed on Sundays
Public computers shut down 30 minutes before closing

HORARIO: lun-jue 9am-8pm, vie 9am-5pm, sáb 10am-5pm, cerrado los domingos
Computadoras para el público se apagan 30 minutos antes de cerrar

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