The Barrington Area Library began welcoming customers back into the building on Monday, March 1, 2021.

What can customers expect during this phase of the Library’s reopening?

Masks are now optional for all who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Children under the age of two are not required to wear a mask. 

The Library is open all regular hours:
Monday - Friday: 9 AM to 9 PM
Saturday: 9 AM to 5 PM
Sunday: 1 to 5 PM

NEW: Test proctoring will be available again, beginning June 28, 2021. Please contact the Adult Services department for more information.

Study Rooms, Business Cubicles, and First Floor Conference Room are open.
Please note the following:

  • Use of the rooms is limited to Barrington Area Library cardholders.
  • Masks are optional in all parts of the Library, including these rooms, for all customers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and for children under the age of two.
  • Study Rooms, ScreenShare Rooms, and Conference Room are now open to full capacity - capacity varies from 4-10 people, depending on the room.
  • Customers may reserve a room for a session of one hour and 45 minutes. Customers may make one reservation per day, and may request one renewal (for one hour and 45 minutes) if the room has not been requested by another customer.
  • Rooms are cleaned after each use, and new air filtration devices are in use.
  • Book online now with your BALibrary card.

Tables and chairs now available for use:

Need a place to sit and work or study? You'll find comfortable seating available throughout the Library. Tables are now available on a first come, first served basis. Please note: no more than four people at a table at one time; food is not allowed in the Library at this time.

Pick-Up and Delivery options that work for you:

BALibrary cardholders may:

Customers who enjoy browsing may request a new Browsing Bundle of books or movies.

Barrington Area Library cardholders may now use our Interlibrary Loan borrowing service. At this time, we are only borrowing from Illinois libraries.

Computers and Technology:
Customers may use:

  • Wi-Fi;
  • Simple Scan stations (scan, save, fax, email, and more);
  • Remote Web Printing (send print jobs to the Library and then come inside to print);
  • Library Catalog/15 Minute Express Internet stations (quick searching);
  • Business & Tech center computers: customers may reserve for one hour, and renew for a second hour, if available;
  • BALibrary cardholders may reserve the MakerLab for individual use, submit 3-D print jobs and complete laser-cutting projects to our Digital Services team.
  • Individual BALibrary cardholders may now use Studio One and Studio Kids. Get the details.

Visit the computers/Internet and MakerLab pages for more details. Printing/copying/scanning will no longer be available for Parking Lot Pick-Up, and normal fees for printing will be reinstated.

In order to provide the safest experience possible, some Library services and facilities will not be available during this phase. These include:

  • Most Youth Services play areas and interactives - but the learning pods and interactive floor are now open for young visitors! Visit our online Events Calendar and Youth Services blog for take-home activity kits and virtual programs.
  • Youth Services computers and iPads.
  • Meeting Rooms and Zimmerman Room.
  • Indoor Library programs. Browse our online Events Calendar for outstanding virtual and outdoor events for all ages.
  • Newspapers & Newsletters - we will soon be offering print newspapers and newsletters again. Watch for an announcement.
  • In-person one-on-one appointments.