- October 11, 2011
Thursday, December 1, 2011 - The Barrington Area Library is proud to introduce its new catalog and online account system. User-friendly and feature-rich, this updated catalog will make your library experience better than ever.
Thank you for your patience during this transition. Your suggestions and requests helped us to choose the new online catalog and we think you'll be delighted by the change. Please be aware that phone renewal is not working at this time, but should return next week. We expect to have Interlibrary Loan back in place before the end of December.
Here are just a few of the features you will find in the new catalog:
- Search by relevance to get more precise results;
- Save a record of all the items you borrow, if you'd like;
- Save your frequent searches (a favorite novelist, genre or hobby), then get email notification when new items that fit your search arrive;
- Narrow your search by format (like book or DVD);
- Receive "Did you mean...?" spellcheck assistance and automated suggestions while you type;
- Share what you find on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks;
- Text call numbers to your phone - no more digging for scrap paper!
- Interlibrary Loan is integrated right into the catalog (coming later this month);
- Save lists you create, and a lot more.
Ready to try the new catalog? Click here and have fun.
Have questions? Just ask! We look forward to providing even better service to you via our new catalog. Thanks for your continued patience as we learn the new system together.
Barrington Area Library Celebrates Another Successful "One Book One Barrington" Community Reading Event
- October 05, 2011
Featuring Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
One Book One Barrington 2013 officially ended on Saturday, April 27, at our wonderful Swing It! dance and concert. We're still counting, but hundreds of people participated in this year's OBOB, making it our biggest and most successful yet.
We couldn't have done it without our generous co-sponsors and community partners who provided funding, guidance, programming, locations and so many other key elements of One Book One Barrington. Our primary co-sponsors were the Barrington 220 Educational Foundation and the PTO President's Council. We would like to give all of our partners a special thank you here - please let them know you appreciate their work in our community and their support of the library and its programming.
About the book:
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand tells the true story of Louis Zamperini, a WWII airman and former US Olympic distance runner. After the crash of his B-24, Zamperini floated through the Pacific in a tiny life raft, ultimately traveling 2,000 miles before being captured and enduring Japanese prison camps for two years.
- September 01, 2011
September 2011 is National Library Card Sign-Up Month, as designated by the American Library Association. Public libraries and the endless array of resources they offer to library cardholders add tremendous value to their communities. A library card acts like a ticket to a world of literature, research, technology tools, meeting and study space, live entertainment, the fine arts, and much more. The Barrington Area Library is particularly excited about this year's observance, as the library rolls out two new library card designs, including a bright green card just for children. The new designs are part of the library's ongoing rebranding project, intended to give the library's public relations materials an updated and more consistent look.
To celebrate the new designs, the library has partnered with two local businesses for a fun campaign that adds even more value to a library card. From September 1 - 30, 2011, displaying a Barrington Area Library card at the Barrington McDonald's and Norton's U.S.A. will result in additional savings. The Barrington McDonald's, owned by the Bear Family Restaurant group, is offering a buy one, get one free deal on all McCafé drinks, hot or cold. Norton's U.S.A., owned by local businessperson Deborah Leydig, will offer customers 15% off one item simply for displaying a Barrington Area Library card.
Patrons do not need one of the new cards to take advantage of the savings. "Barrington Area Library cards might be black, green, blue or even yellow! Of course, our patrons are welcome to come in for a new card, but your old card remains valid with us and with our local business partners," states Karen McBride, Head of Public Information at the library. If you own a Barrington area business and would like to extend a special offer to Barrington Area Library cardholders, contact the library's Public Information office at 847-382-1300, x 205.
The Barrington McDonald's is located at 227 W. Northwest Highway in Barrington, IL. Norton's U.S.A. is located at 400 Lageschulte Street, Barrington, IL and online at www.nortonsusa.com.
The Barrington Area Library is located at 505 N. Northwest Highway, Barrington, IL, 60010. The main phone number is 847-382-1300. The library Web site may be found at balibrary.org. The Barrington Public Library District serves 44,157 residents in all or part of Algonquin, Barrington, Barrington Hills, Deer Park, Fox River Grove, Hoffman Estates, Kildeer, Lake Barrington, Lake Zurich, North Barrington, Palatine, Port Barrington, South Barrington, Tower Lakes, and some unincorporated areas. It covers a 72-square-mile area, making it the largest library district in Illinois, geographically speaking.
"There's no problem a library card can't solve" is a quote from the book summary for The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown.
- June 23, 2011
At a time when people are just as likely to visit the library to hear live music, use a computer, or view world class art, how does a public library spread the word that books are only one part of its mission? The Barrington Area Library has used a variety of logos, color schemes and publications - from newsletters to Web pages - in its 96 year history, all of which have helped define and elaborate upon its role within the community.
- June 06, 2011
The library's South Branch location has reopened beginning Monday, June 6, at 9 AM. The pick-up lockers at Hoffman Estates Park District Willow Recreation Center, Algonquin & Lexington Roads, are also back in service as of June 6. We apologize for any inconvenience you experienced due to these construction-related closures.
- Barrington Area Library One of 17 Libraries in Illinois Recognized for Exceptional Service
- After 25 Years, Barrington Area Library Board President Steps Down
- Barrington Area Library Hits One Million Mark For First Time
- Black Tie by Bruno Vanoudenhove: Art Exhibit of Chicago and Barrington Landmarks
- "Expressions Through Art" Exhibit at Barrington Area Library Spotlights Autism
- Barrington Area Library Opens Art Exhibit: Watercolors - Bright and Bold by Richard Helland
- Library Poetry Contest Winner Also Wins on the National Level
- Two Barrington Area Librarians Chosen to Participate in Statewide Leadership Program
- Barrington Area Library Names New Trustee: Kathleen A. Peterson
location and hours
505 N. Northwest Highway, Barrington, IL 60010
Mon-Fri: 9 am - 9 pm
Sat: 9 am - 5 pm
Sun: 1 pm - 5pm
Circulation (Renewals and account info)