How Do I?

Any person residing in the Wauconda Area Public Library District is eligible to receive a Wauconda Area Library card. To obtain a library card you must present valid identification proving residency within the boundaries of the district. For more information see our Get a Library Card page.

You may also place items on hold yourself by signing into My Account, navigating to the title you wish to reserve in our catalog, and selecting “Place a Hold” beside the item. You may also place items on hold on the phone with one of our staff members, by calling 847-526-6225, or by emailing your request to

You may sign up for programs by calling the library at 847-526-6225, or by visiting our Calendar, selecting the programs you are interested in attending, and completing the registration form as prompted.

The library is not accepting book donations at this time, except by special bequest, for which more information may be found here. Regular book donations, however, are accepted at the following locations: 

Fremont Library:

1170 N. Midlothian Rd. 
Mundelein, Il 60060

McHenry Library:

809 Front St. (Rt. 31)
McHenry, IL 60050

Goodwill Stores:

746 S. Rand Rd. 
Lake Zurich, IL 60047

2006 N. Richmond Rd. 
McHenry, IL 60051

761 S. Midlothian Rd. 
Mundelein, IL 60060


Will do home pick-up

Epilepsy Foundation
Will do home pick-up

Bookfriends International
1000 Rand Rd. #206
Wauconda, IL 60084


The library is not currently offering notary services, but you may get documents notarized at any of the following locations. Please call ahead to verify availability:

Wauconda Township

505 W. Bonner Rd. 
Wauconda, IL 60084

M-F 8am- 4:30pm

Wauconda Community Bank

505 W. Liberty St. 
Wauconda, IL 60084

Do not need to have an account with them. 

M-F 8:30 am- 5 pm 
Sat 8:30 am- 1 pm 

Ela Area Public Library

275 Mohawk Trail
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
847-438-3433 X502

M-TH 9am-9pm
Fri 9am-6pm
Sat 9am-5pm
Sun 12noon-5pm

Fremont Public Library

1170 N. Midlothian Rd. 
Mundelein, Il 60060

M-Th 9am-9pm
Fri 9am-6pm
Sat 9am-5pm
Sun 1pm-5pm

You may register to vote by filling out an Illinois Online Voter Application, submitting a mail-in voter registration form, or by meeting with an official registrar at an official place of registration, including by appointment at the Wauconda Area Public Library. For more information, see our Voter Registration page.

You may reserve a study room for up to two hours at a time by calling the library at 847-526-6225, or by visiting our online Room Reservation system, and completing the form as prompted. 

The library offers a wide range of reader’s advisory services. To start with, feel free to browse any of our Recommendations pages, for Adults, Teens, or Kids; or fill out one of our corresponding “Book Picks” forms. You may also call the library at 847-526-6225 to request recommendations for books or other materials. 

Free public WiFi is offered on library premises, under the name libraryhotspot. There is no password, but you will be prompted to agree to our user agreement upon selecting our network. While we do strive to meet basic security standards, please understand that this is a public network and we can make no guarantees about the relative safety of your personal data. Please take precautions as needed. 

If the library does not own an item you wish to borrow, you may make a request in person or over the phone, by calling 847-526-6225, or you may fill out our online Request an Item form. If the item is available at participating libraries and older than six months, we will try to obtain an Interlibrary Loan. If the item is too new we may submit a purchase request to one of our various selectors, at which point you should be informed as to whether or not we can purchase the item at this time. 

Tech One-on-Appointments are available for a variety of topics. Dedicated staff can meet with you for up to half an hour at a time to help you navigate your tech-related problems or questions. Please note that we are not able to assist with device-repair, virus removal, or set-up of certain devices. For more information call 847-526-6225, or visit our Tech Help page and complete the form as prompted.