About the Library

The Midlothian Public Library is a completely separate municipal agency with its own tax levy and elected governing board.

Library cards are free to all Midlothian residents. To get a library card, please visit the library and fill out an application. A parent or legal guardian must accompany anyone under 18 years of age. To apply, you will be expected to present two forms of identification, one of which must be a current, dated document with your Midlothian address. For a list of sample forms of ID, visit http://bit.ly/MidloLibCard

The Midlothian Public Library offers books, magazines, DVDs and Blu-Rays, audiobooks and music on CD, e-books, e-audiobooks, and a variety of online educational and informational resources. We provide materials for children, teens, and adults, including materials in Spanish and large print. Our online library catalog and electronic resources are accessible to library cardholders from anywhere you have an Internet connection, 24/7. Additionally, we belong to the SWAN consortium of 100 libraries in suburban Chicagoland. Library cards may be used interchangeably at any library in SWAN, and you can order items from any SWAN library online, via the SWAN Libraries app, or by asking our library staff.

At the library, we have 16 full-service Internet-connected computers free for use by Midlothian library cardholders. All who enter the building can use our free 15-minute Internet stations or WiFi or purchase a computer guest pass for a nominal fee. Chromebook laptops are available for free in-library use by Midlothian cardholders and by cardholders of other SWAN libraries for a small fee. If you need help using technology—whether it’s setting up an email account, filling out an online application, or using your new tablet or e-reader—our Help Desk staff are ready to answer your questions.

The library has a full schedule of free educational and entertaining programs for all ages—ranging from story times to foster early literacy in our youngest learners; to STEAM education programs for school age kids; to opportunities for creativity, game-based learning, and volunteerism for teens; to book discussions and computer literacy classes for adults; to cultural performances for all ages. In addition, over the past few years, we have been striving to increase our Spanish and bilingual program offerings.

In the 21st century, libraries are transforming from mere houses of books into vibrant community hubs where people can meet and learn from one another. We’re always eager to hear from members of the community about what you’d like to see us offer.

Please visit us at our website, www.midlothianlibrary.org, or stop by in person.

Jennifer Cottrill
Library Director