Woodstock Public Library

Young Adult Area is Moving

YAMoveMany changes are happening at the library this month. Library staff is busy preparing to move the Young Adult Area to the upper level, where the magazine collection used to be located. The current Young Adult Area, geared for teens and tweens, is located near the front doors of the library. In the thirteen years since the library was renovated, this collection has been over-crowded with not enough space for books, magazines and computers. The adult New Book collection and DVD collection will be expanded and relocated to the old Young Adult Area. 

The new Young Adult Area will provide plenty of space for books, technology and comfortable seating for teens. Work is well underway, with shelving, wiring and painting. More photographs of the renovation are available here.

As part of the renovation, the newspapers, magazines and the Margaret Field Crane Local History Collection have been moved to the main floor Reference Area. A complete plan of the changes taking place in the library is available here.

The library will be closed on Friday, April 18 to facilitate the moving of the collection. 

Life at Todd School Historic Photograph Display

Orson WellesMay 15-June 1 - a historic photography display of Life at Todd School for Boys will be on display at the Woodstock Public Library. Orson Welles attended Todd, a private boarding school, from 1926 to 1931. The library's display will feature photographs of Welles during his time at Todd. An opening night reception will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 15.

The photography display is being planned to run in conjunction with the Woodstock Celebrates (TM) Orson Welles and the 80th Anniversary of the Todd Theatre Festival. Visit their website for a full listing of events. 

Mini Links 2014

Mini-Links 2014 is a wrap! The Friends of Woodstock Public Library and the library staff would like to extend a huge thank you to all the sponsors and volunteers who helped make this year's event such a success!

More photographs posted on the library's Facebook page


Have a brand new tablet or smart device?

 Download free eBooks and audiobooks from the library's MyMediaMall Overdrive download service.

Overdrive listing of compatible devices: eBook and audiobook compatible / eBook only compatible / audiobook only compatible

Drop-in Help Sessions: Need help with eBooks for your eReader or smart device? Beginning January 7, you can drop-in at the library on Tuesdays between 10:00-11:00 a.m. for a how-to download lesson from Martha Hansen or Beth Ryan. If you are unable to attend one of these sessions you can schedule a one-on-one appointment at 815-338-0542 or email.

Online Meeting Room Reservations

The library is now using an online meeting room reservation system to allow organizations to easily check availability of the library's meeting rooms and schedule meetings. Room Reserve Screenshot

To Use:

1) Go to the WPL Room Reserve website

2) Find the date you are interested in reserving

3) Select the room you would like to reserve (Meeting Room or Training Room)

4) If the time slot shows as "OPEN" select the time slot by clicking on the check boxes to the right. Be sure to reserve the entire time needed, including set up and clean up time.

5) Click continue to access the reservation form. Be sure to verify your information and press the Submit button. 

Library staff will approve your reservation and contact you via email or phone. 



Important change: The Woodstock Public Library Board of Trustees updated the library's meeting room policy. As of Novembe 8, organizations may only reserve a meeting room three months in advance: Meeting Room Policy and Guidelines for Use 2013


Download Books and Audiobooks

MyMediaMallUse the library's MyMediaMall download book service to 'check-out' your next eBook or eAudiobook. Powered by Overdrive, MyMediaMall allows you to get free books straight to your tablet or smart device, all you need to start is your Woodstock Public Library card and PIN.

eReader Drop-In Help Sessions - Need help getting started using library eBooks on your smart device? Stop by during one of the library's drop-in help sessions and staff can help you get it figured out. Drop-in sessions are on Tuesdays from 10:00-11:00 a.m., no appointments necessary. If you are not able to come in at this time you  can schedule an appointment with Martha Hansen or Beth Ryan by calling 815-338-0542 or emailing library@woodstockil.gov.

PDF brochures with step-by-step information:

Downloading to Apple, Android, and Kindle devices

Downloading to NOOK, Sony, or other tablets/computers

Overdrive's List of Compatible Devices that work on MyMediaMall

The new Overdrive Media Console App 3.0 was released on August 20th. Some features of the new app include:

• A redesigned user interface with streamlined navigation, and a one-stop, reorganized menu. 

Sync bookmarks and reading progress across multiple devices using a free, opt-in registration service called OverDrive One.

• Variable speed playback for Apple devices (iOS). Audiobook users’ most requested feature.

Overdrive has a brief video which demonstrates some of the highlights. 

Overdue Fine Increase

OverdueFines For the first time inHistoricalFines over thirty years, the Woodstock Public Library has raised its overdue fines. 


Tips for Preventing Overdue Materials

 Sign up for email notices 

 Update your contact information 

 Create an online login for your library card account 

More Information: PDF Brochure



Explore Woodstock's Past

 Interested in learning more about Woodstock history?

The library is the place to start - we have newspaper records dating back to 1856 for the Woodstock Sentinel on microfilm and to 1849 for the  Chicago Tribune (digital).

Discover what Woodstock looked like a 100 years ago through our photographic archives that have been scanned and are now available on Flickr: 

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Fragile historic books and other documents have been scanned and are available for viewing on the Look At Illinois website.

Search for early Woodstock residents and businesses that are listed in local history books using the library's Surname Index

In addition, the library has local history books, Woodstock High School yearbooks, plat maps, and city directories that are useful in researching local homes and families.

Help preserve history - early telephone directories (especially pre-1950s), photographs, postcards and other items are extremely useful to help librarians, genealogists, and other researchers learn more about Woodstock. If you have such itemsof Woodstock, please consider donating or allowing the library to scan them to help preserve Woodstock history. Please contact Martha Hansen at library@woodstock il.gov or 815-338-0542 for more information.


Groundhog Day 20th Anniversary

Self guided tour of the Woodstock filming locations.

Groundhog Day Movie MemorabiliaGroundhog Day Movie Memorabilia Display Case at the Woodstock Public Library

Everyone is welcome to come and see the new Groundhog Day Movie Memorabilia Display Case at the Woodstock Public Library. The display case is on the upper level of the library in the Margaret Field Crane Local History Area.


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