Our new Seed Library is open for business on the first floor, near the Customer Service desk. Drop by, browse the selection, and take home some seeds to try - free of charge. Seed packets include helpful planting and growing instructions, too. The selection will keep growing and changing, so check back often. Thank you, Barrington Area Conservation Trust and Seed Savers Exchange, for seed donations.

Looking for more details on the seeds you picked up from our new Seed Library? Use the following links to learn more about the care of your new plants. Look for the "Growing Information" section on each page.

Art Shades Mix Phlox Seed

Aura - Organic (F1) Pepper Seed

Blush - Organic Tomato Seed

Cherokee Sunset Mix - Rudbeckia Seed

Cilantro, Monogerm - Organic Microgreen Seed

Double Click Bicolor Pink - Cosmos Seed

Echinacea purpurea - Echinacea Seed

Encore Lettuce Mix

Esmee - Organic Arugula Seed

Fine Leaf - Chive Seed

Giant of Italy - Organic Parsley Seed

Glow - Organic (F1) Pepper Seed

Jester - (F1) Delicata Squash Seed

Lipstick - Organic Pepper Seed

H-19 Little Leaf - Organic Cucumber Seed

Moskvich - Organic Tomato Seed

Munstead-Type - Organic Lavender Seed

Ovation Greens Mix

Pensacola - Organic Lettuce Seed

PLS 141 - Organic Pea Seed

Queen Sophia Marigold Seed

Red Flame - Organic (F1) Cayenne Pepper Seed

River Oats

Royal Hybrid® 1121 Sunflower

Ruby Red or Rhubarb Chard - Organic Swiss Chard Seed

Scarlet Runner Bean - Flower Seed

Speckled Roman - Organic Tomato Seed

Staro - Organic Chive Seed 

Thalia - Organic Dill Seed

Wildflower Mix

The Barrington Area Library is proud to announce that it has received a coveted four star ranking in the annual Star Libraries report, published by Library Journal. We are one of only 17 libraries in Illinois to receive a star ranking this year.

For the 2019 report, Library Journal surveyed 6,333 public libraries in the United States, and 261 received star rankings. This places the Barrington Area Library in the top 4% of libraries nationwide, based on six major service measures – physical material circulation, electronic circulation, number of visits, program attendance, public computer users, and wifi sessions, all per capita - from the 2016-2017 fiscal year. As in past years, BALibrary performed exceptionally well in overall circulation (top 2% nationwide) and e-circulation (top 1% nationwide), which comes as no surprise to our staff: we are proud to serve a community of engaged and curious readers of all ages.

The top 30 libraries in each of Library Journal's nine expenditure categories receive three, four, or five star rankings. See the full Star Libraries report online. The Barrington Area Library received three star rankings in 2010, 2017, and 2018.

We are pleased to share our latest annual report, covering the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

This year's report highlights the many ways in which the Library's programs and services support our mission statement and goals.

Explore how the Library stimulates imagination, creates (young) readers, develops information fluency, and fosters lifelong learning, all in comfortable physical and virtual settings.

Discover a group of young makers changing lives around the world, then discover how great stories and screen-free time change lives right here in the Barrington area.

Learn about Library technology, like the BALibrary app, Creativebug software, and genealogy services, and learn about improvements made to the Library building and campus this past year.

Take note of the many ways in which the Library collaborates with both nonprofit and business organizations, building relationships that inspire innovation and real world problem-solving.

We share this annual report with our thanks for your ongoing support and encouragement.

Read the report online below, or download a printable PDF.


Once again, our top-notch Youth Services librarians have compiled a list of their favorite books, published in 2019, for young readers. We hope you and your family find some new favorites here, too!

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