Woodstock Public Library

Upcoming Events

 Concert: Free Guitars for Future Stars Student Recital

Sunday, December 6 ~ 2-3 p.m. Upper Level

Teen Study Night

Wednesday, December 9 ~ 6-8 p.m. Upper Level

Finals? You have to study anyway, why not do it with friends and classmates at the library? You bring your work, we'll provide pizza and drinks. Have an allergy? No worries, bring food from home. We'll be taking over the entire top floor.

Movie: Polar Express

Sunday, December 20 ~ 2-3:45 p.m. Meeting Room

Friday Fun Days

Every Friday there will be a small, do-it-yourself activity in the Children’s Department. It will be available all day, and announced on Facebook that morning. We’ve already built forts, colored on the floor and played dress-up, come in to see what’s next! 

Downloading eBook and Audiobook Help

Need help downloading free library eBooks and audiobooks from MyMediaMall (Overdrive) to your eReader or smart device? Our reference staff is always available to answer basic questions in person, on the phone, or by email. If you require extra assistance, please drop-in at the library for a how-to download lesson on Tuesdays 7-8 p.m. and Thursdays 10-11 a.m. If you are unable to attend one of these sessions you can schedule a one-on-one appointment at 815-338-0542.

Library Entry Way Project Update

The concrete entranceway to the library has been deteriorating for a number of years. This week, thanks in part to a grant from the McHenry County Community Foundation, the concrete is being removed and will be replaced by permeable pavers. oject progresses.

Construction Notes: the project is almost complete. The temporary walkway has  been removed.



Now Available for Checkout - Kindle Fires


The library has two Kindle Fires available for checkout. They are preloaded with all of the books displayed in the photo. 

Kindles must be checked out by an adult (18+). 

Remote Printing Now Available

Printing to the library's public printers is now available for wifi and remote users. 

PrinteronWhether you are accessing the library's wifi on your own equipment or are at home you can send print jobs to the library's Reference Area Public Printer. The print job won't print until you are at the printer and enter your card number or name. To access or more information:  Print from Anywhere 

Print jobs must be retrieved within 12 hours or they will be deleted.

10 cents for grayscale / 50 cents for color. At this time, only letter-size, single-sided print jobs can be submitted.

Apps are available for tablets and smart devices.


MyMedia Mall Digital Book Service


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

Download Help Guides (Updated May 2015):

Downloading to smart devices, iPods, Kindle Fires, tablets, Windows 8 or 10, Chromebooks

Downloading to a computer, Kindle Paperwhite, eReaders, MP3 players

Overdrive listing of compatible devices

Need help figuring it out? Our reference staff are available to answer basic questions in person, on the phone, or by email. If you require extra assistance, please drop-in at the library for a how-to download lesson on Tuesdays 7-8 p.m. and Thursdays 10-11 a.m. 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


Explore Woodstock's Past

Preserve America Community


In 2014, Woodstock was named a Preserve America Community by the White House for our dedication to historic preservation, an honor shared by only 10 other communities in Illinois.  Visit the Preserve America website for more info.

 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.


Mobile Library Catalog Available!

Mobil Catalog on iPodNew service available for patrons with smart phones and iPods! You can now search the library's catalog for books, DVDs, and CDs and put it on hold all from your smart phone!

Link for the mobile catalog: http://mobile.niclibraries.org

Link to the library's mobile website: http://library.booksite.com/6039/mobile/


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