To receive a teacher library card, you willneed to fill out a new application even if you have had a teacher card with our library previously.
Chicago Ridge Library teacher library cards are available to certified teachers who teach in School District 127 ½, and early childhood education day care centers in Chicago Ridgem, and have a personal library card at their home library per our agreement with SWAN.
If you do not have a home library card, please visit your home library to make a personal card. We are unable to make you a teacher card without your home library name and your home library card number.
A teacher library card will enable you to check out materials which can be used within the classroom, for the benefit of the school and its students. The card is not meant to be used as a personal library card. The materials are for in-class use only and should not be taken home by the students.
Teacher library cards will be valid for one school year; cards expire each year on August 15th
Materials can be checked out from Chicago Ridge Public Library for three (3) weeks. They can be renewed.
Teacher library cards have a checkout limit of 200 items, and a 50 item hold limit as well as offer access to the library databases and downloadable e-resources.
We are here to serve—give us a call, email us, or stop by. It’s always “Teacher Time” at the Chicago Ridge Public Library!
Classes from local schools and day care centers are welcome to visit the Library for an private storytime. Individual classrooms can visit the library for an outdoor storytime, masks are required, and crafts will be take home crafts. If it rains on the day of a classroom visit, the library will reschedule. If you would like your classroom to checkout books, you will be able to do this before or after the storytime.
This is a great chance for students to interact with Library staff and learn about what the Library can offer. To arrange a school visit, please contact the Youth Services department at least two weeks ahead of time.
Teachers, local schools, and day care centers are encouraged to contact the Library for a private, virtual or in-person, orientation, and tour of the library. Individual classrooms can visit for a 1/2 hour library tour and to check out books, maks are required, and the library will provide a take back to school activity. This is a great chance for students to interact with Library staff and learn about what the Library can offer.
Please reach out to the Youth Services Team with any questions, book requests, suggestions for personalized book list for your class, or any other ideas your may how for how the library can work collaboratively wth your and your class.