Library News

Daniel Rosenberg wins Soon To Be Famous Illinois Author Project!

Highland Park author Daniel Rosenberg has won the Soon To Be Famous Illinois Author Project for his debut novel, The Towers Still Stand. Nominated by the Highland Park Public Library and chosen from 66 novels submitted, Rosenberg's debut novel is a suspenseful and thought provoking alternate history of the September 11 attacks. Click here for more.

Now in its 4th year, the Soon To Be Famous Author Project highlights the power of libraries to promote self published fiction.  Books are judged by a panel of librarians. The library congratulates Dan Rosenberg and is pleased to have played a small part in his success.

 If you are interested, entries for the 2018 contest open in October.  For more information  on the project, see

The book is available for checkout from the library.

A New Online Catalog

Highland Park Public Library, along with the other CCS Libraries, has moved to a new catalog! The Enterprise catalog will offer new features and services designed to improve your Library experience. For tips on how to search, place holds, pay fines, and more go here.

Try Enterprise Now

New Features and Services:

  • Download e-books and eAudiobooks directly from the catalog
  • Sign-in easily with your library card number and password
  • Send yourself a text or email about items in the catalog
  • Keep a record of your check-out history if you choose
  • Pay fines online directly though your Library account

Other changes:

  • You will no longer be able to use your Bibliocommons User Name - Access to your account will be with your Library card number and PIN only.
  • Your Bibliocommons lists and shelves will move to Enterprise as of August 15. They will appear in Enterprise as "private" lists. 
  • Enterprise does not support tags or user reviews at this time. If you wish to retain your tags or reviews we suggest you move them to a 3rd party site such as Good Reads, Library Thing, or Shelfari.


RFID is coming

RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification. This technology makes it possible to check items in and out using radio frequency tags instead of bar codes. And it's coming to your Library soon!

How does it Work?

A radio Frequency ID tag is being added to every item in the library.  The information stored on the tags can be transmitted to the RFID antenna and read for item check-out and check-in.

The library will be installing new self-check machines that have the ability to read the RFID tags.

What are the advantages of this system?

RFID will improve customer service, staff productivity, and collection security.

Easier self-checkout – The RFID system will enable multiple item checkout, shortening lines and saving you time.

Easier check-in – The RFID system will allow faster check in resulting in faster turnaround and collection access for you.

Enhanced Security – New security gates have the ability to identify items that have not been checked out correctly before they leave the library; resulting in fewer missing items and more accurate shelf status.

Enhanced inventory procedures – will allow for the identification of miss-shelved items and get them to the proper place for easy retrieval.

Easier fine payment - Our new self-check kiosks will allow for payment of fines with credit cards or cash.

Does RFID effect my privacy?

                No. Patron information is not collected or tracked with RFID. The Library is committed to the highest standards with regards to patron privacy.

Will the staff be decreased?

                NO. We have plenty of work for the current staff at Highland Park Public Library. As we move forward with new Library services, you might see your favorite Highland Park Public Library staff member doing something new. Prepare to be delighted.

When will it be installed?

                We are busy tagging all 277,000 items in the Library. We hope to be done with this task in early spring and anticipate the hardware to be configured and installed sometime this spring.

Where's My Holds List?

We've heard from some of you who miss the display of your position on the holds listing for a particular title. We miss it, too.

Why is it gone?
We recently joined CCS, a consortium of 24 libraries. With such a big group of libraries, it is not possible to display this information in a useful way.

Why not?
Previously, with one library and one collection of materials, it was easy to know where you fell on a particular holds list.  In a multiple library consortium, like CCS, there are rules involving item availability that make the process difficult. Your position depends on which library owns the book. The patrons of the owning library have priority over others.


If you place a hold on a book only owned by Evanston Public Library, and an Evanston patron places a hold after you, you will move down the list below the Evanston patron's hold. Conversely, if there are 3 holds on a book owned only by Highland Park, and they are all from other libraries, you will go to the top of that list. Please rest assured that Highland Park residents are always first in line for Highland Park Public Library's items.

So, how do I know where I stand?
The reference staff is able to sort though all of this information and give you an accurate accounting of where you stand in line for a particular title.  Please call them at 847-681-7031. They will be happy to help.

While we know you are sorry to lose this helpful information, we hope you will agree that with the enhancements available in our new catalog; more accurate search results, the ability to search multiple libraries at once, the ability to refine your search by facets, the ease of keeping personal bookshelves and lists, and the sharing capabilities inherent in the system, we have made the right decision in joining CCS.