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COVID-19 Update

Some SWAN libraries are now open for curbside pickup. Please refer to your local library’s website for more information and details on the curbside pickup process. Find your home library.

Curbside pickup is currently available to home library patrons only – if your library doesn’t offer curbside pickup, you won’t be able to get items from another library that does. In addition, delivery between libraries is not available yet, so it is not possible to request items for pickup from another library.

This information was last updated June 11, 2020 – dates are subject to change based on the Illinois Stay-At-Home order and public health recommendations.

Library cards

Is your card expiring?

All cards expiring between January 1 and June 30, 2020 have been extended to July 4th.

No card?

Most SWAN public libraries now offer online cards that will give you access to your library’s digital resources, including eBooks, eAudio, databases, and streaming services.

If your library participates, you’ll see a “Sign Up” button on your library catalog.

Find your library

sign up button in your catalog menu
Look for the sign up button in your library catalog.

Online services and collections

Libraries are expanding their online classes, storytimes, and download and streaming offerings.

Checkouts

  • For due dates for checked out items from your public library please check your account.
  • Log into your account to see new due dates – get help with logging in.
  • Please do not return material to your library until the library reopens.

Holds

  • You can still place holds, but currently only for items at your home library, for pick up at your home library.
  • If your library is open for curbside pickup, your holds have been unsuspended.
  • If your library is closed, your holds are still suspended, and your place in the queue has been saved.

SWAN – 100 Libraries Strong

Three libraries are joining the SWAN network, bringing our total library count to 100. We welcome Glenside Public Library District, Roselle Public Library District, and Warrenville Public Library District to the SWAN family.

These libraries were awarded catalog membership grants from our regional Illinois library system, the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS). The grants support one-time costs associated with data migration and system set-up.

Our newest members will be migrating this fall to the SWAN network. We anticipate a go-live date of Wednesday, December 9, 2020. Welcome and congratulations to our 100 strong member libraries on our expanding network of resource sharing libraries.

Visit our SWAN Libraries Membership page for a listing of all libraries and a map of locations.

Parent and Student Resources during COVID-19

With schools closing during the COVID-19 crisis, we have compiled a list of sites to assist patrons during this difficult time.

E-learning Resources

Scholastic “Learn at Home” : Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing. 
Biblioboard : Digital books, images, videos and more from libraries, artists, authors and others from your community and around the world.
CK-12 : This non-profit provides “open textbooks” for K-12 students all over the world. It offers free high-quality, standards-aligned, open content in the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).
ScienceBuddies: Science Buddies offers thousands of free resources for learning STEM, including a collection of 160+ fun, hands-on STEM activities and videos. Each of our K-12 activities covers a specific STEM concept, can be done in an hour or less, and can usually be done with materials easily found at home.
PBS Learning Media: WTTW and PBS have curated Free, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more.
TumbleBooksLibrary: K-6 children’s ebook database
Username: tumble735
Password: books
TumbleMath:K-6 math ebook database
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6
TeenBookCloud: 7-12 ebook database
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6
AudioBookCloud: All ages audiobook database
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6

Also, check your local library’s webpage and social media for virtual storytimes.

Childcare and Meals

For childcare, needs while you are working check with your local community centers and park districts also check out with the Illinois Childcare Assistance Program. If you are in need of meals during school closures check with your local school district.

Using Your Library During the Closing

If your library has recently closed due to COVID-19 concerns, you can still use many of your library’s services.

Place holds

You can still place holds on items, and you will be in the queue for them when your library re-opens.

Try eBooks & online resources

If you haven’t yet tried out the eBook, eAudiobook, streaming media, and online research databases offered by your library now is a good time to try them out.

If you are having trouble using these services, contact your library – many are still providing phone and online help.

What about due dates?

If your library has closed, please do not return items until your library reopens.

Check your account regularly as due dates could change as the situation progresses.

What’s New In Your Library Catalog

Better layout for phones and tablets Your library catalog is now mobile-friendly! If you are using the catalog on your phone or tablet, you should now see an easier-to-read layout that adapts to your device. If you are on a phone or tablet: Tap the menu icon to log in and see My Account Tap … Continue reading “What’s New In Your Library Catalog”

Better layout for phones and tablets

Your library catalog is now mobile-friendly! If you are using the catalog on your phone or tablet, you should now see an easier-to-read layout that adapts to your device.

If you are on a phone or tablet:

  • Tap the menu icon to log in and see My Account
  • Tap Search Options to limit your search to just your library, downloads, or articles.
  • After you search, tap Limit Search Results to filter your results by format, fiction or nonfiction, and more.

Easily see on-shelf items

If an item is on shelf in your library, you’ll see a green “on shelf” checkbox.

on shelf icon with green checkbox

Otherwise, you’ll see that all copies are in use, or your library does not own the item. In both of these cases, you can place a hold so you’ll get the next available copy.

Get started with the mobile-friendly catalog

Find your library catalog

Mobile App: Searching, Holds, and Checkouts

Watch our new video tutorials and learn how to search for items, place holds, and manage your holds & checkouts the SWAN Libraries App! Learn more in our Mobile App section. Thanks for watching! Searching & Placing Holds Manage Holds & Checkouts

Watch our new video tutorials and learn how to search for items, place holds, and manage your holds & checkouts the SWAN Libraries App! Learn more in our Mobile App section. Thanks for watching!

Searching & Placing Holds

Manage Holds & Checkouts

Mobile App: Getting Started Video

Watch our video tutorial to get started using the SWAN Libraries App today! This video covers the basics so you can confidently download, login, and start exploring. Learn more in our Mobile App section. Thanks for watching!

Watch our video tutorial to get started using the SWAN Libraries App today! This video covers the basics so you can confidently download, login, and start exploring. Learn more in our Mobile App section. Thanks for watching!


The SWAN Libraries App is here!

Starting July 16th, 2019 – The SWAN Libraries App lets you access the catalog and your account any time. Search the catalog, renew checkouts, manage holds, and so much more! You can download the SWAN Libraries App for iOS or Android. Learn more about the SWAN Libraries App

Starting July 16th, 2019 – The SWAN Libraries App lets you access the catalog and your account any time. Search the catalog, renew checkouts, manage holds, and so much more!

You can download the SWAN Libraries App for iOS or Android.

Learn more about the SWAN Libraries App

Green Hills Public Library District: Welcome to SWAN!

Today’s the Big Day!

The Green Hills Public Library District is now a full SWAN member, meaning patrons have access to a shared catalog that includes over 10,000,000 items across 97 libraries. Even better, patrons can have those items shipped directly to Green Hills in a matter of days or use a current Green Hills library card when visiting other SWAN libraries. Take a look at the new Green Hills Public Library District SWAN catalog. The look and feel are a little different than before, but functionality remains the same, including automatic renewals, access to your account, and placing holds or downloading materials. We hope you enjoy the benefits of being a SWAN library!

(Left) Green Hills Executive Director Jane Jenkins receives a welcome gift from SWAN Project Manager Joseph Miller and (Right) a Green Hills staff member reads Harry Potter in a very comfortable chair.

SWAN Library Services, established in 1974, is a consortium of suburban Chicago libraries stretching from Kaneville in the west to Harwood Heights and down to Beecher in the south. In addition to tech support for library staff, SWAN maintains a shared online public access catalog, a database of more 1.2 million patrons, and facilitates sharing of physical materials.

Green Hills Public Library District Joins SWAN January 29, 2019

Welcome, Green Hills Public Library District!

On January 29th, the Green Hills Public Library District will join the SWAN library consortium! With this new addition to the SWAN community comes access to over 10 million items at 97 libraries. SWAN and Green Hills staff have been hard at work preparing for the switch, and we want to share some information about what you can expect before and after January 29th:

Monday, January 28

While Green Hills patrons can check out items at the library, most features in the online catalog will be unavailable. This includes access to My Account, renewing items online, placing holds, and viewing what items are on shelf. Additionally, self checkout in the library will be disabled.

Don’t worry, all of your existing holds and checkouts will transfer over!

Tuesday, January 29

The big day! All online features will be available once starting when the library opens. Starting today, Green Hills patrons will use the new SWAN catalog, which can be accessed the same way you reached it before. The new catalog will look a little different, but will function the same way. In fact, the biggest difference will be the appearance of items at other SWAN libraries.

Some tips for those new to SWAN

Although many Green Hills patrons are familiar with SWAN, we thought we’d share a few pointers:

  • If you see an item in the catalog that belongs to another library, you can place a hold and the item will be delivered to your library a few days after it’s available.
  • You can update your notification preferences in My Account > Personal Information > Preferences. For additional help, refer to our YouTube tutorial.
  • Resource sharing is great, but we know patrons want access to their library’s new materials first. Our dynamic holds system prioritizes local patrons getting local materials, so you’ll still have access to Green Hills materials before patrons at other SWAN libraries.
  • Your Green Hills Public Library District card can be used at any other public library in SWAN.

 

If you have any questions about SWAN, don’t hesitate to reach out to the staff at your library!