Ask a Librarian

Our librarians are information experts, ready to help you with your questions!
Ask us:

  • In person during open hours at the Reference Desk next to Circulation Services
  • By phone at (708)547-7393. Choose option 4 from the phone menu. If the Librarian is busy or the library is closed, you can leave a voice mail message.
Wi-Fi & Public Computers

If you live in Bellwood, you must have a current Bellwood Public Library card to use our computers. If you need to obtain a Library card, you may stop by our Circulation Desk or call 708-547-7393, ext 210.  for assistance.

All Computer users must abide by our PDF iconBellwood Library Computer Policy

If you use your Bellwood Public Library card, you may use a computer up to an hour a session, with a daily limit of two hours. Patrons who are unable to obtain a Library Card but have a valid ID may be offered a visitor's pass with a time limit of 30 minutes.

Computers for Adults 

The Bellwood Public Library Adult Services Department provides 10 Computers for patrons who possess a valid Bellwood Public Library Card or a card from one of our partner (SWAN) libraries.  Adult computers require a Library card number with Pin number to use or reserve. Patrons are allowed to use a computer for up to one hour a session, with a daily maximum time of two hours. Patrons who are unable to obtain a Library Card but have a valid ID  may be offered a visitor's pass with a time limit of 30 minutes.

Computers for Children

In the Youth Services department, 8 computers are available for use by patrons under age 14 for games and free use. In order to use the computers, patrons must have a library card in good standing. Visitor passes are offered only with an Adult present. Please read our PDF iconBellwood Library Computer Policy. If you have any other questions, please speak to a Youth Services staff member.

Computers for Teens

 In the Teen Room, 6 computers are available for patrons ages 14-17.

Wireless Internet:

  • WI-FI is available throught the building with a public network signal (no password required). The Library's wireless connection is unencrypted and unfiltered. Use of the wireless connection is done at the patron's own risk. By using this connection, patrons acknowledge that security errors and hacking are an inherent risk associated with any wireless service.

Printing:

  • Black & White Copies are  15 cents per page.
  • Color Copies are 35 cents per page.
  • Wireless printing from your mobile device

Technical Support:

  • Technical support for Library Computers and WI-FI is provided by the Library's IT Coordinator when on duty.
Notary Public

The Library has notaries public on staff.

Please call us at 708-547-7393, ext. 4 to make sure a notary is available at the time you plan to come.

We will notarize most documents except real estate and immigration documents. This service is free. Please bring your government-issued identification and documents. All signers must make a personal appearance before the notary at the time of notarization.

OUR NOTARIES ARE NOT ATTORNEYS LICENSED TO PRACTICE LAW IN ILLINOIS AND MAY NOT GIVE LEGAL ADVICE OR ACCEPT FEES FOR LEGAL ADVICE.

Local History

Bellwood Digital Archive   

  • Read local newspapers Proviso Star Progress (1937-1956) Star Sentinel (1956-1997) Proviso Star Sentinel (1974-1981) and West Proviso Herald (1978-1982). 
  • See the yearbooks of Proviso West High School (1961-1991).
  • Read about the early history in "Bellwood History 1900-1976" or the program for Bellwood's 50th anniversary, "The Golden Jubilee"

SWAN Catalog for books, movies and more.

WiFi and Rokus

Adult Bellwood Public Library cardholders can check out a wireless internet hotspot or a Roku Express.  See Circulation Services or call (708)547-7393 option 3 for more details.

  • 7 day checkout period
  • $20 cash deposit
Download and Streaming

 


Magazines: read online or download for later.  

 


You can stream titles instantly through your desktop browser or our mobile app. Titles are automatically returned and removed from your device at the end of the lending period.

  • If you use the mobile app (App StoreGoogle Play, Amazon), you can also download titles to your device for offline playback later, where Wi-Fi may be unavailable.   Check out up to 8 items a month.

 


Check out up to 10 ebooks, audiobooks or movies at a time. 

 

Museum Passes

Check out a Museum Adventure Pass for 7 days with your Bellwood Library Card.  See the list of participating museums and what they offer.

Magazines and Newspapers

Bellwood Library subscribes to over 100 print magazines and newspapers.  Read today's newspaper in the quiet reading area by the fireplace on the first floor, and browse the Adult magazine collection in our lower level Magazine Area near the Adult Computers.

Magazines for children are in the first floor Youth Services Department. 

Magazines for teens are in the first floor Teen Room. 

Autism Today magazine is in the Special Needs Collection.  Special Parent can be read online. 

Most magazines can be checked out for seven days.  Current issues are for enjoying in the Library only.

 

Reading Takes You Everywhere!

Register for the Adult Summer Reading Program online!  Reading Takes You Everywhere runs through August 11, 2018.

Already registered?  Log In 

RULES OF PARTICIPATION

The program begins 9:30 AM Saturday, June 9.

The program ends 4:00 PM Saturday, August 11.

Participants must be Library cardholders age 18 or older.

Eligible books for the program must be checked out from Bellwood Public Library (including Interlibrary Loan) and must be adult books  (not Young Adult or Juvenile)

You can choose to read:

·  Any genre of Fiction or Non Fiction       

·  Any format including print, CD, or downloadable book from MediaOnDemand or Hoopla.

There is no limit to the number of books you can read to enter in the drawings, but you must read the whole book.

MANY OPPORTUNITIES TO WIN

1) First Book Prize:  Log your first book online or at the Reference Desk and win a free ice cream cone from McDonald’s. Keep logging — you may earn other prizes along the way too!

2)  Scratch off Map: For each book you log, come into the library to scratch off a location on the map by the fireplace until the full map is revealed.

3) Weekly Drawings:  Members are entered in weekly drawings for each 50 points they earned.  Each Monday, a winner will be selected from the entries submitted the week before.  Each book you log is a chance to win!

4) Special Events:  Earn 50 points for participating in certain activities and getting a Secret Code. Look in the Summer Newsletter for events

with the green checkmark icon for events that count.

5) Grand Prize Drawings

The deadline to turn in your entries is 4:00 pm Saturday, August 11. All entries received between 9:30 am Saturday June 9 and 4:00 pm Saturday, August 11 will be entered in the Grand Prize Drawing.  Even if you won a weekly drawing, you’re still eligible for a grand prize, and the more you read, the better your odds!