Libraries in the United States provide a multitude of services for adults and children. They lend books (nonfiction and fiction), tapes, compact disks, DVDs, educational videos, sheet music, and sometimes art reproductions. They provide computers for community use for both word processing and internet access. They offer a complete reference service, which includes answering any type of question a patron might ask. They stock new and old magazines. One useful example, Consumer Reports, evaluates the performance and reliability of such major items as automobiles and appliances. Some libraries carry legal reference works, including tax information. Many libraries have story hours and other programs for small children and organize book groups for older children and adults. The public library contains community information for the area it serves, such as recreational programs, cultural events, and a listing of schools and nursery schools. The history and travel books on Illinois and the United States can be very helpful.
Membership in a library is free if you live within the town boundaries. If you live outside village or town boundaries, in an unincorporated area, (an area not officially part of any town and whose residents therefore do not pay taxes to support the library) you will have to pay a membership fee to borrow books and your access may be limited to the particular library you join. If library services are important to you be sure you know if your apartment or house is in an incorporated are before you commit to it. However, you are always welcome to browse and study in the library of any town. (The library of the College of DuPage is open to all DuPage county residents.)
Joining the library in the town in which you live entitles you to borrowing privileges at all of the other libraries in the area and gives you access to the resources of the Illinois Library System encompassing hundreds of other libraries. Ask a reference librarian for help if you are unable to find the book or materials you need. Local libraries can also obtain foreign language books from other Chicago area libraries or direct you to where they are available.
Following is a list of libraries in the Argonne area. You may also check the Yellow Pages under "Libraries." Telephone or check library web sites for information regarding hours, special programs, etc. Argonne is located in the Lemont Library District. This is the library to join if you are living on site for any length of time.
Clarendon Hills Public Library -
7 North Prospect Ave. Village Hall
College of DuPage Library - www.cod.edu/library
22nd Street and Lambert Road
Downers Grove Public Library - www.downersgrovelibrary.org
Fountaindale Public Library District - www.fountaindale.lib.il.us
300 West Briarcliff
Hinsdale Public Library - http://www.hinsdalelibrary.info/
20 East Maple
Indian Prairie Public Library - www.indianprairie.lib.il.us
337 West 75th Street
Lemont Public Library - www.lemontlibrary.org
50 East Wend Street
Lisle Library District - www.lislelibrary.org
777 Front Street
Naper Boulevard Library - www.naperville-lib.org
2035 South Naper Boulevard
Nichols Library www.naperville-lib.org
200 West Jefferson
95th St Library - www.naperville-lib.org
3015 Cedar Glade Dr.
Westmont Public Library - www.westmontlibrary.org
428 N. Cass
Westmont, IL 60559
Woodridge Public Library - www.woodridgelibrary.org
2525 Center Drive
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