Research Databases / Premium Resources
The library provides free access to specialized databases that are typically accessible via only a paid subscription. These "premium resources" contain full-text journal, magazine, and newspaper articles, research results, and other specialized information. Business, health, and current events are just a few of the topics covered by these premium resources. Other online resources include foreign language instruction, practice tests, career resources ,and genealogy information.
Vernon Area Public Library District cardholders may also access these databases and other resources from home by clicking on Premium Resources. For assistance, contact the Adult or Youth Services departments at 847-634-3650.
Librarian-curated pointers to online resources and items in the library collection: http://guides.vapld.info
Income Tax Forms
Selected Federal and Illinois income tax forms as well as reproducible forms are available from mid-January through April each year.
Notary Public Service
The library offers free notary services. Call 224-543-1485 to confirm availability of notary staff. Notary services are available most of the hours we are open. Please call ahead to ensure that a notary is available to assist you. Notary services will be administered up until 30 minutes before closing.
In preparation to have a document notarized at the library:
- Bring current, valid identification issued by a state or federal agency that includes your photo and your signature. Examples of such ID include a current driver’s license, state ID card, U.S. Military ID, or U.S. Passport.
- Do not sign the document beforehand. You must sign the documents in front of the Notary.
- If you require witnesses, bring them with you. We are unable to supply witnesses for you.
- We cannot notarize real estate documents pertaining to Cook County, due to changes in notarial law effective June 1, 2009
- We unable to notarize government Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification
Other Notary Options
- Vernon Township Office
- The UPS Store – nearby locations include Buffalo Grove, Riverwoods, and Deerfield.
- Mobile notaries – we are unable to go outside of the library in order to notarize a document. If you are in need of a mobile notary, please consult the following website: http://www.123notary.com
- App (iOS)- Notarize is the first on-demand remote, electronic notary service valid in all 50 US states and the District of Columbia. Notarize allows for remote notarization via video call on an iPhone or computer. The app is free; there is a fee of $25 per notarization. More info and download: http://notarize.com
During the months of October through February, Youth Services librarians visit local preschools to share books, videos, and other materials. In April, these preschools participate in a "behind the scenes" tour of the library. Other programs exclusively for preschool-aged children include: Preschool Storytime and Jamma Tales.
Community Bulletin Board
Tax-supported agencies, recognized non-profit, civic, and community groups that serve the residents of our District, or entities with which the Library carries cooperative programs may distribute information and literature via the library's Community Bulletin Board area. Find posting guidelines here. Contact Administration at 224-543-1451 to arrange receipt and posting of materials.
Special Assistance in the Library
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the library is handicapped accessible. If you are in need of a sign language interpreter and/or hearing devices please notify library staff in advance of your visit.
The library collection contains sign language books and videos, large print books and audiobooks, as well as a limited collection of children's braille books. A file of community and statewide resources is also available.
People who are unable to read standard print formats are eligible for the Talking Books program. Thousands of books and magazines on special cassettes or in Braille are available through this program. All books, catalogs and equipment are provided free of charge to eligible residents. Visit the Talking Books and Braille Service at the State Library for more information on this program or to apply.
Students taking correspondence, distance education or professional development courses who need an exam proctored may contact the Head of Adult Services to make arrangements.
Lake County residents age 18 or older may register to vote up to 28 days prior to an election or beginning two days after election day. Two forms of identification are required; one must verify the voter's legal address.
Valid driver’s license
Social Security card
Credit card or check cashing card
Employee or student ID card
Check book with pre-printed checks
Naturalized American citizens must provide the date of their naturalization and the state in which it took place.
Looking for a good book to read? Our librarians are happy to offer readers of all ages reading suggestions based on your personal preferences. Youth Services staff can create a personalized reading list for younger patrons.
Daytime and evening book discussion groups are offered at the library throughout the year. The library also supports book clubs within the community by providing multiple copies of titles for their members. These clubs may register with the Interlibrary Loan Department to receive this service.
School Services for Elementary/Secondary Teachers
Services for teachers in our library district include School Loans, School Visits, Assignment Alerts, a Parent-Teacher Collection and bibliographies. For specific information, contact Adult or Youth Services at 847-634-3650.
Outgoing faxes may be sent using the library's Scan Station located in the Copy Center. Domestic faxes are $0.50 per page. International faxes are $1.00 per page.
The library currently subscribes to more than 400 periodicals, newspapers, journals and magazines, covering a wide spectrum of interests. Several foreign language publications are also available.
Monetary donations can be made in someone’s memory or honor. Selection of these materials will be made by a librarian based on the library’s collection and the special interests of the person being honored or remembered. A book plate will be placed in the item before it is added to the collection.
Black and white copies may be made for $0.10 per copy.
Color copies may be made for $0.50 per copy.
Tours are offered to members of community organizations wishing to visit the library. A general overview of services and collections is covered. Contact Public Services at 847-634-3650 to schedule a tour.