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Accessibility and Services for Seniors and
Special Needs Patrons

Contact the Outreach Librarian for more information at 847-729-7500 x2612.

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Homebound Service

Glenview residents who are temporarily or permanently homebound due to an illness or disability may have library materials brought to their home. Contact the Outreach Librarian for more information.

Homebound Volunteer Corps

Volunteers pick up and deliver library materials to homebound patrons. For more information and an application, contact the Outreach Librarian.

Services to Senior
Residence Facilities

Book Discussion Groups

Your facility can request multiple copies of books to use for book discussions. Groups can select titles from two special book discussion collections, Book Club in a Bag and Book Discussion Collection (BRD). Facilities must have a valid Glenview Public Library card.

Book Buzz: Book Talks for Seniors @ Residence Facilities

Request book talks featuring both fiction and nonfiction titles. Talks are approximately one hour long.

Services for
Patrons with Caregivers

Adult residents of Glenview who have age, physical limitations, or transportation issues, may allow a documented caregiver to check out library materials on their behalf. Caregiver status may be assigned to: a spouse, friend/neighbor, relative or professional caregiver, one caregiver per card. To participate in this service, you must have a valid Glenview Public Library card. To enroll both patron and caregiver are required to sign the Patron/Caregiver Agreement prior to receiving service. To register please contact, the Circulation Desk at 847-729-7500 x 2250 or the Outreach Librarian at x 2612.

Special Accommodations
& Services

Glenview Public Library complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations to allow them to participate in any library program or meeting should contact the Reader or Reference Services Desks for adult programs and Youth Services Desk for children's programs. The Library requires five business days notice if special accommodations are needed.

A wheelchair is available for Library patrons at the Information Desk, generously donated by the Frisbie Senior Center, Helping Hands of Glenview, and the Glenview Senior Center. Convenient Drive-Up Services allow patrons to pick up and drop off materials without leaving their vehicle.

Talking Books Program

A free service providing talking or Braille books to those with visual, physical, or reading disabilities. This service is provided by the Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center. For more information or an application, contact the Outreach Librarian.

Assistive Technology

The Library offers a number of assistive devices for use in the Library or for checkout.

Enhanced Materials

Audio Descriptive DVDs
For the Visually Impaired

Audio Description provides commentary and narration which guides the listener through the presentation with concise, objective descriptions of new scenes, settings, costumes, body language, and 'sight gags', all slipped in between portions of dialogue or songs.


Glenview Public Library subscribes to Readers Digest and the New York Times in large print.


Adult Literacy Classes

Conducted by Oakton Community College

A unique opportunity to improve English reading and writing skills. For native and non-native English speakers. A small, friendly group led by a teacher and volunteer tutors.

Spring Session:
Tuesdays & Thursdays
January 17–May 11 (no class March 28-30)

9:15 AM-12:15 PM
Registration: Thursday, January 12, 9:15 AM-12:15 PM

Glenview Library Community Room West

Information: 847-635-1426


An educational Friday afternoon break for Seniors in the Community Room. A partner program with the Village of Glenview Senior Services and North Shore Senior Center.

Senior Housing Facility Guide

The GLENergy program hosted a senior housing fair on Sept. 14, 2016 as part of special series on senior housing. View the Senior Housing Fair Facility Guide.

How Can I Protect Myself?
PART 2: Fire Safety Tips

Friday, May 5, 1-2 PM
Community Room

American’s over the age of 65 have a fire death rate at nearly twice the national average. For those over 75, this jumps to three times the national average. Learn the steps you can take to remain safe from fire and be prepared if there is one with instruction by Glenview Fire Department experts.

Tenth Annual Low Vision Fair

Friday, May 12, 1-4 PM
Location: The East Wing, Glenview Senior Center, 2400 Chestnut Avenue
Just Drop In - Free Event

The Low Vision Fair will feature a speaker, assistive technology vendors, representatives from supportive service agencies, and vision screenings. Diabetic retinopathy screenings will be provided by the Park Ridge Lions Club and glaucoma screenings will be provided by North Shore Eye and Vision Center. Co-sponsored by the North Suburban Library Low Vision Consortium. For details, contact the Glenview Library Outreach Librarian at 847-729-7500 x2612.

CJE SeniorLife

One-On-One Counseling
Exploring Resources & Options

Tuesdays, April 25 & May 23
30-minute appointments: 9:30 AM-Noon
Second Floor Study Room

Do you have questions about retirement and health insurance options? Are you facing a life changing decision, or concerned about long-term supports? CJE SeniorLife (CJE) Resource Specialists provide counseling to adults 60 and over, their families and caregivers. Counseling includes topics such as the selection of appropriate retirement benefits, picking the right health insurance and Medicare programs, determining housing needs, and identifying supportive resources. For more information and to make an appointment, call Kathy Gaeding at CJE SeniorLife, 773-508-1054.