Our 2019 TEDxBarringtonAreaLibrary speakers: Leslie Ferris Yerger, Andy Milne, and *Star Cunningham.

We're thrilled to bring you our 2019 TEDxBarringtonAreaLibrary videos, from three great speakers with powerful ideas to share.

Listen to and learn from:

Star* Cunningham: One Dot At A Time

Leslie Ferris Yerger: Probably Benign

Andy Milne: This Is Not Your Parents' Health Class

We are excited to announce our new online Events Calendar and Room Reservation system, which is now live and ready for you!

We apologize that, due to technical issues, we were not able to roll out the new services on Monday, Nov 18, as planned.

Ready to browse and registration for Library events? Check out the new Calendar.

Need to book a meeting or study room? Check out the new Room Reservation system.

Q: Why is the Library getting a new Events Calendar and Room Reservation system?

A: The Library's current system is more than 10 years old. It is no longer supported by the company that provided it, it is difficult to customize, it does not integrate seamlessly with websites and apps, and it is difficult to use on mobile devices.

Q: What are the benefits of the new system?

A: The new system, from Library Market, is user friendly and mobile friendly, and will integrate smoothly with our website, app, and digital signage. It features an attractive user interface that is easy on the eyes and meets current Web standards. It also provides time-saving and security benefits to Library staff, and makes it easy to share Library events via social media.




We're taking our popular Cooks With Books program and going BIG during November! All are invited to join us for Local Flavors, Saturday, Nov 9, from 11 AM to 3 PM. Space is limited, so register soon. The knife skills and cake decorating workshops are already full.

Experience dishes and tastes from local providers like:
Christi’s Sweet Café
Cook Street Coffee
Cookie Decorator Kathi Frelk
Frantonio’s Italian Deli
Honey Lake Bee Co.
Mindful Waste
Smart Farms
Pine Food Company
Primo Pizza

Exchange tickets for sample bites, purchase vendor products, and meet the friendly faces behind these local flavors. More vendors being added all the time!

UPDATE: The Library's upper parking lot will be closed on Tuesday, Oct 15, until approximately 2 PM. Heavy construction work will be taking place on the southeast end of the building, requiring additional space for construction vehicle traffic. Please park in the lower lot, and use caution when driving or walking near the construction zone. The renovation projects are going well and are on schedule - stay tuned for more updates.

Renovation and maintenance work on the Library's façade and windows and the installation of a new cooling tower will begin in late August 2019. The work is expected to last into late fall/early winter, but weather and other factors may cause delays. The Meeting Room and Zimmerman Room will not be available during this time, so please note that many fall programs will take place in locations around the community. We apologize for any inconvenience while these essential projects are completed. Watch our social media sites for updates.

Projects that will be completed this year:
• Refinishing of the wood around the Atrium and Meeting Room windows and replacing window seals and damaged windows. Many of the windows leak during heavy rains, and the leaks also cause the Atrium to be quite cold during the winter months.
• Refinishing of all of the teak wood on the outside of the building, including the front walkway canopy and exterior doors.
• Repair of the masonry on the outside of the building.
• Reinforcing the ceiling in Administration, installing the new air conditioning chiller on the roof, and demolishing the cooling tower behind the upper lot. The current cooling tower is at end of life, and must be completely replaced.

These projects are being paid for from existing funds in the Library's Capital Reserve Fund.


The new Barrington Area Library app is ready and available for you to download!

Use the new app to:

• Access a digital version of your BALibrary card

• Manage multiple accounts

• Search the catalog for books, movies, and more

• Browse and register for events

• Contact us with your questions, find us on social media 

Download the app now in the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.

For questions and feedback, please contact our Digital Services department: