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.
Is your card expiring?
All cards expiring between January 1 and June 30, 2020 have been extended to July 4th.
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.
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.
With schools closing during the COVID-19 crisis, we have compiled a list of sites to assist patrons during this difficult time.
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.
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!
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.
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!