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Free advice for your device! Using your device to access library materials is easy and convenient. Let us help you get started! Vernon Area Public Library cardholders can book a 45-minute personal appointment with a librarian for help with library materials on your e-reader, tablet, iPod, smartphone, or laptop. 

Possible topics include: 

  • accessing library e-books
  • downloading audiobooks, digital magazines, or music 
  • accessing free on-demand movies, TV, or music with your library card
  • free library apps: get book recommendations, learn a new language, and more

Vernon Area Public Library cardholders may reserve up to two appointments per person per month. We regret we are unable to offer non-library-related troubleshooting or general maintenance assistance with your device. A reservation and a current Vernon Area Public Library card is required. To request an appointment, call 224-543-1485 or fill out a Free Advice for Your Device appointment request form

eAudiobooks on the 3M Cloud Library! PDF Print

We have begun adding eAudiobooks to the 3M Cloud Library! For those of you already using the 3M Cloud Library, the app you have has been updated and optimized to include discovery, checkout and listening capabilities for eAudiobooks. There is no new app to download.  Every eAudio title will be compatible on all devices using 3M Cloud Library applications, users will not have to differentiate which formats work on which devices. Once the eAudiobook is checked out, users can immediately start listening. Also for the user’s benefit, eAudiobooks are automatically bookmarked across the Cloud and available across all devices. 

Library Journal gives us 3 stars PDF Print


The Vernon Area Public Library is counted among America's Star Libraries for 2014, Library Journal announced this week. Star Library status was awarded to just 20 public libraries in Illinois and 258 nationwide. This is the fourth year that the library has received this distinction. The rating is based on annual circulation, visits, program attendance and public Internet computer access. We are honored to receive this national recognition for our service to our patrons.

Introducing AuthorCheck PDF Print

altNever miss a new release from your favorite author. Sign up for AuthorCheck, our new book alert service. As soon as your author's next book hits our shelves, AuthorCheck will automatically send you an alert email, along with a link to the item in our catalog so you can put it on hold. This free service is available for any author in our catalog. You can add, change, or end your alert subscriptions at any time. You'll receive alerts for audiobooks and large-type editions, too. Give it a try!


Stay-at-home storytime fun PDF Print

Popcorn - MIss Sarah

Too cold to venture out doesn't have to mean no storytime. Have a stay-at-home storytime with songs and signing on-demand from your friendly Youth Services librarians.

Here are some of the fun things we do in Blast Off with Books for 2's and 3's:

Find more fun songs and fingerplays on our Youth Services video channel at

Find more early literacy tips, apps, and ideas at Miss Heather's blog, Little Literacy Librarian.

Access the Library on your smartphone PDF Print

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VERNON LIBRARY APP. The Vernon Library app (shown at left) is the ideal gateway to all of the other library services listed below. If you install just one library app on your smartphone, make it this one. The Vernon Library app lets you search the library catalog, access library e-books, audiobooks, digital magazines, streaming movies and TV shows, and other premium resources. You can also chat with a librarian, and even check out library items right from the shelf using your smartphone or other mobile device. Visit your app store or to download.

DIGITAL LIBRARY CARD. Carry your library card on your phone instead of in your wallet when you install CardStar. Available for iPhone and Android devices, CardStar allows you to store your library card barcode (and other loyalty and membership cards, too) right on your phone. Download the free app from App Store or Google Play right on your phone. Find step-by-step installation instructions here:

E-BOOKS, OPTION 1. Read and listen to e-books & audiobooks on the go or at home with OverDrive. The app is available for every major desktop and mobile platform, including Windows, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android phones and tablets, Kindle, NOOK, Windows 8 PC and tablet, Blackberry and Windows Phone. Visit to get started.

E-BOOKS, OPTION 2. The 3M Cloud Library offers an easy, no-hassle approach to e-book access. Simply download the 3M Cloud Library app at or the iTunes Store, Google Play, or the NOOK Apps Storefront. Note: at this time, the 3M Cloud Library is not available on Kindle e-ink e-readers.

AUDIOBOOKS. Downloadable audiobooks are available on OverDrive, 3M Cloud Library, and our new hoopla streaming service. Visit our guide to downloadable audiobooks to get find which app(s) are right for you.

DIGITAL MAGAZINES. Access more than 90 enhanced content digital magazine subscriptions with Zinio. Read in your browser, or download the Zinio app for iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, or Blackberry Playbook

MUSIC. Download or stream — whatever your mood, all you need is your Vernon Area Public Library card for commercial-free, instant access to the top artists you want. Learn about the library's two channels for digital music

STREAMING MOVIES & TV. New! Some are calling this "Netflix for libraries'—your Vernon Area Public Library card is your pass to free, on-demand streaming feature films, documentaries, TV series, fitness videos and more. Visit our guide to streaming movies at the library to get started.

All listed apps are completely free and easy to use. A valid Vernon Area Public Library card is required for access to some services.

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Vernon Area Public Library District
300 Olde Half Day Road
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
Telephone 847-634-3650
Fax 847-634-8449


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Friday 9:00AM-5:00PM
Saturday 9:00AM-5:00PM
Sunday 12:00PM-5:00PM
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