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Library ELF Alert Service

***LIBRARY ELF ALERT***  Effective June 26, 2014 the Wauconda Area Library will subscribe to BASIC ELF, not PREMIUM ELF.  With BASIC Elf, you will still have the following options: 

  • Pre-due and Overdue email notifications.

 As a subscriber, you do not have to do anything at this time.  After June 26, if you wish to upgrade as a Premium Elf subscriber (more notification features), you can do so for a fee (Details are on the Library Elf website).

Be assured that our current integrated library system (Polaris) offers many notification options that will keep you informed and current with your library account(s).  Polaris offers text and email notification for holds and overdue notices, as well as online account accessibility using your library barcode and password.  Library staff are available to assist should you have any questions using any of the Polaris features.  Call the library at 847-526-6225 for assistance. 

Track your library materials with the Library ELF Alert Service!

What is Library ELF?

Library ELF is a free, web-based service for keeping track of your library items, including what's due, overdue, and ready for pickup.  Library users can track one or more accounts in one place.  Library ELF is great for families or anyone else who would like reminders before an item is due.

With Library ELF you can:

  • receive free due date reminders when you want them
  • view due dates in a convenient calendar format
  • get notices as email, cell phone text message or RSS feeds
  • consolidate your accounts from several different libraries
  • consolidate the library accounts of family members

How do I get it?

To sign up, go to the Library ELF signup page for the Wauconda Area Library and follow the instructions.  Enter your name, email address, library card number, and PIN as specified.  If you do not have a PIN, please call or stop by the Information Desk at the library to set one up.


Library ELF is a private service not affiliated with the Wauconda Area Library.  Cardholders use Library ELF at their own option and risk.  Use of this service does not excuse participants from library fines if materials are returned late.  Users of Library ELF are required to submit personal information, including library barcodes, to an independent company not associated with the Wauconda Area Library.  Please read Library ELF's privacy policy and FAQ before deciding to sign up for the service.