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Accessibility & Senior Services

Services for Seniors and Patrons with Special Needs

Contact the Outreach Librarian for more information about services.
847-729-7500 x 2612

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Assistive Technology

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

Enhanced Materials

New Large Print Books

Popular large print fiction and nonfiction books are available for patron checkout.

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.

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 (PDF)

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

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 (PDF) 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.

Helpful Websites for Seniors


Find out how Medicare works, apply, or find doctors, providers, plans, suppliers, forms and more.

Social Security

Whether you are applying for or receiving benefits, learn what you can do online, including estimating benefits, checking out your Social Security statement and managing your benefits.

North Shore Senior Center

Offers educational programs, social gatherings, volunteer opportunities and support services for older adults as well as information and assistance for caregivers and family members.

The East Wing, Glenview Senior Center

Provides members with recreation programs, classes, services and planned activities. The Glenview Senior Center is one of only 80 out of 1400 senior centers throughout the nation to be accredited by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and the National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC).

National Council on Aging

A nonprofit service and advocacy organization that improves the lives of older adults and the organizations that serves them. A wonderful tool for information on home equity questions, benefits, healthy aging, and Medicare. NCOA also has information for caregivers and advocates for older adults.


A user-friendly website for older adults from the National Institute of Health. You will find reliable, easy-to-understand online health information, videos with caption, exercise stories, quizzes and more.


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 12–May 12

9:15 AM-12:15 PM
No class: March 28-31
Registration: Thursday, January 7, 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. 10, 2014 as part of special series on senior housing. View the Senior Housing Fair Facility Guide (PDF).

Medicare Update: 2016

Friday, February 5, 1-2 PM
Community Room

Back by popular demand, Melissa Versch, LCSW, North Shore Senior Center Senior Health Insurance Program Coordinator (SHIP), will discuss Medicare changes in 2016. A wonderful opportunity for those new to Medicare, as well as those who have been enrolled in Medicare for many years, to gain a greater understanding of their benefits.

Marquee Movie Presentations • Luck O’ the Irish

Friday, March 4, 1-2 PM
Community Room

Grab a four-leaf clover and your shillelagh and embark on a fun-filled journey to the end of the rainbow! The road is paved with a collection of classic film clips featuring famous Irish actors including Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, and Maureen O’Hara. Enjoy great movie moments, lively soundtracks, and amusing stories.

How to Keep Your Mouth Healthy As You Age

Friday, March 11, 1-2 PM
Community Room

Untreated dental disease can lead to serious health problems such as infection, damage to bone or nerve, and tooth loss for seniors. Each attendee will receive free dental care items. Presented by Illumident, Inc.

Ninth Annual Low Vision Fair • Just Drop In

Friday, April 1, 1-4 PM • Free Event
Location: East Wing Glenview Senior Center • 2400 Chestnut Avenue

This year’s Fair will feature speaker Dr. Jack Cohen, Illinois Retina Associates, S.C. Dr. Cohen will speak about new developments in macular degeneration from 2-3 PM. The Fair will also feature 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 the North Shore Eye and Vision Center. The Low Vision Fair is co-sponsored by the North Suburban Library Low Vision Consortium comprised of the Glenview, Morton Grove, Niles, Northbrook, Park Ridge, Skokie, Vernon Area, and Prospect Heights libraries. Light refreshments served. For details, call the Glenview Library Outreach Librarian at 847-729-7500 x 2612.

Alzheimer’s Disease
A Special Two-Part Series

Part I: The Latest Developments in Alzheimer’s Research

Friday, April 8, 1-2 PM
Community Room

Alzheimer’s is the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. Researchers are in a race to find effective treatments and a cure for this debilitating disease. Dean Hartley, Ph.D., Director of Science Initiatives, Alzheimer’s Association, will discuss the latest research and what the future might hold.

Part II: Effective Communication & Caregiving Options for Family Members of People Living with Memory Loss

Friday, May 6, 1-2 PM
Community Room

Memory loss affects the whole family. Mary Lu Osterberg, LCPC, Clinical Manager of North Shore Senior Center House of Welcome, will present techniques to help increase your knowledge of effective ways to communicate with people with memory loss. Caregiving options will also be discussed.

Seniors & School Age Intergenerational Book Chat (seniors 50+ & grades 3-5)

Thursday, May 12, 7-8 PM
Youth Program Room

A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck

Join us for an engaging discussion of a Newbery Honor title. Set during the Great Depression, this entertaining book relates the adventures of Chicago-dwelling siblings during their annual summertime visit to their grandmother’s rural Illinois town. Beginning April 1, books will be available at both Reader Services and Youth Services desks.

CJE SeniorLife

One-On-One Counseling
Exploring Resources & Options

Tuesdays: February 23, March 22, April 26 & May 24
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.