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Log in to Gale Courses Hundreds of college-level, professional development, and personal enrichment courses are accessible online, 24/7, when you log in to Gale Courses with your Vernon Area Public Library card.

Gale Courses are not prerecorded webinars. They are highly interactive, instructor-led courses that you can take entirely online. Participants spend two to four hours each week for six weeks completing lessons in an enjoyable, interactive learning environment. Expert instructors develop and lead every course, and you’ll be able to interact with them and with fellow students in lively online discussion areas. New sessions start every month, so you can sign up anytime. Upon completing a course with a passing score, you’ll get a certificate of completion from your learning institution.

Choices available in the extensive course catalog include:

  • Accounting Fundamentals
  • Project Management Fundamentals
  • Certificate in End of Life Care
  • A-Z Grant Writing
  • Medical Terminology: A Word Association Approach
  • Introduction, Intermediate and Advanced Microsoft Excel 2010
  • Grammar for ESL
  • Introduction to SQL
  • Creating Wordpress Websites 
  • and many more topics. 

As a library card holder in good standing, you are entitled to these courses at no cost. Visit Premium Resources > Gale Courses on our website to get started.

Vernon Library app

vernonlibraryapp.jpgWant to renew a book or place one on hold? There’s an app for that. Library hours or locations? There's an app for that. Download an e-book? Find information fast? There's an app for that, too: the new Vernon Library app, available for free in any app store. 

From any smartphone or tablet connected to the Internet, you can instantly tap into library resources--anytime, anywhere. Search the library catalog, check your account, contact a librarian, find library events and more.

The app also includes a feature called "BookLook" that allows you to scan any book's ISBN barcode to find out if it is available at the library and to place a hold on it. 

To download the new app, search for "Vernon Library" in your mobile device's app store or visit

On-demand movies, TV & streaming music PDF Print

New! We're pleased to announce a great new benefit for Vernon Area Public Library cardholders: free, on-demand feature films, documentaries, fitness videos, TV shows, music albums and audiobooks! 24/7. No waiting, ever. No late fees, ever.

Our new partnership with hoopla digital provides access to tens of thousands of movies, TV shows and music albums from NBCUniversal, MGM Studios, National Geographic, BBC America, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Universal Music Group and eOne Music. Stream now or download to your smartphone or tablet for offline use. Many of the video titles are not currently available on Netflix or Amazon Instant Video.

Look for the hoopla app in the App Store or Google Play, or visit to get started.

hoopla digital

Book a Librarian PDF Print

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. 

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.

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Contact Information

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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


Hours of Operation

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