Arlington Heights Memorial Library

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By the Arlington Heights Memorial Library

From playing with real robots to recording your own music, all it takes is one library card to unlock everything your public library has to offer.

You’ll have access to more than 900,000 items in the Arlington Heights Memorial Library’s collection, including e-books, DVDs and Blu-Rays, CDs, audiobooks and e-audiobooks, large type books and video games. You can also check out equipment like car auto scanners, Kill-a-Watt meters and a projector kit by visiting the library’s Tech Learning Desk.

Use your library card to experience virtual reality, reserve space in our technology Studio, print important documents and 3-D designs, make a proctoring service appointment, reserve space in one of the library’s conference rooms, meet with an expert resume reviewer, register for technology classes and attend in-demand programs from yoga to visual art instruction.

Cardholders of all ages have access to the library’s many research databases, including ArtistWorks, which offers free music and art lessons; and Gale Courses, which hosts in-depth, instructor-led, six-week classes on tech topics, health care training, business and accounting, personal development, law, test prep and more. You can access the library’s databases by logging into, with your library card number.

Students will also find the help they need, in person and online. CultureGrams, Encyclopedia Brittanica, National Geographic and Core Concepts are just a few of the databases that can help you learn more about history, geography, science and more. Students who speak English as a second language can enter the library’s one-on-one conversation practice program or access computer software that provides lessons on pronunciation, business English, reading, grammar, writing, Test of English as a Foreign Language preparation and American culture.

All it takes is a few minutes to apply for a library card. Just bring an ID with your home address to the library cards desk. If someone is under 17 years old, a parent or guardian can choose from three borrowing options – a full-service card, an under 17 card and an under 12 card. Business owners can access even more resources by applying for a business library card.

Last year, more than one million people used our services in some way with the help of a library card. The library is part of the fabric of the Arlington Heights community, and its services are tailored to the unique needs of all residents, from children just learning how to read to adults trying to achieve success with their businesses. From checking out a GoPro camera to learning how to create an artistic masterpiece in one of the library’s programs, let the library be your guide as you explore your world. Get your library card today. For more information, visit