For Schools

Waukegan Public Library offers a variety of services for teachers in Waukegan, including Waukegan School District 60 and local private, parochial, and charter schools. However, not all services are available to all schools due to funding restraints or physical requirements. If you have any questions about the availability of a particular service for your school, please contact Amanda Civitello at (847) 623-2041 ext. 231 or via email.

Teacher Cards & Loans

Library cards are easy to obtain for all teachers! Just show a photo ID and a proof of Waukegan residence. If you have a card from another library in Illinois, show ID and your library card, and you can register as a reciprocal borrower to check out items for your classroom. You may also register your Wisconsin card for borrowing privileges for the school year by coming to the Library with your home library card and school ID. The loan period for classroom loans is 6 weeks.


Waukegan Public Library’s Bookmobile service, which visited each public elementary school for grades one through three, has been retired due to the age of the vehicle. The Library is currently evaluating options for service to schools. For more information, please contact Amanda Civitello at (847) 775-2560 or via email.

Bus to Us

The free, award-winning Bus to Us field trip program introduces teachers and students to the library through a series of educational and fun lessons. The curriculum is tied to Common Core State Standards and themed to the Early Learning Center exhibit. After the lessons, students are given the opportunity to explore the library and check out books before they leave. For 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders. Teachers may begin reserving field trip spots for the 2018-2019 school year in August. Contact Patrick Toto at (847) 623-2041 ext. 285, or via email to make your reservation.

Kindergarten Tools for Teachers

Kindergarten classes may have book bags of 25-30 books delivered to their school that will be exchanged monthly. This is a great way to expand the imaginative world for your students to explore in your classroom. To learn more and to get your classroom set up, please contact Marilyn McClelland at (847) 623-2041 ext. 228, or via email.

Library Cards for Students

A library card is available to any Waukegan resident. Children below the 9th grade or under age 14 need a parent or legal guardian to register them for a library card. When applying for a card at the Library or Hinkston Park Branch, the student or parent will need a photo ID, such as a driver’s license, a state ID, or passport and proof of residency in Waukegan, such as a current bill, mail, or lease with your name and address on it.

Library card applications are available at all library locations.