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Randall Oaks Branch Library
(847) 428-3661, press 4
500 North Randall Road, West Dundee

Lower level of Randall Oaks Recreation Center on Recreation Drive, which is just south of Randall Oaks Park. Location has a drive-up outside book drop.
   
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Drop-in for storytime at our branch library located on the lower level of the Randall Oaks Recreation Center at 500 North Randall Road in West Dundee (just south of Randall Oaks Petting Zoo)! Storytime is free, and no registration is required.
 
All storytimes start at 10:30 a.m.
  • Every Monday from March 3 through April 7
  • Saturdays: March 8 & 22 / April 12 / May 3 & 24


Spring @ the Randall Oaks Branch
No registration required!

Happy Birthday Flat Stanley! (All Ages)
: March 3-29

The Flat Stanley series by Jeff Brown is celebrating 50 years in print! Color your very own Flat Stanley cut-out to display on our interactive wall display.

Studio 500 Student Art Show (Grades K-12): Drop off is March 10-14
Drop off your original art work (no larger than 18” x 24” please) for our first ever Youth Art Month exhibit celebrating children and art March 15-29. 

Elephant & Piggie Book Hunt (All Ages): March 24-29
Everyone loves Elephant & Piggie by Mo Willems. Hunt for hidden Elephant & Piggie book covers and enter a drawing to win a prize!

April Fools’ Challenge: Tuesday, Apr. 1
Explore the branch and see if you can find 10 wacky things going on! Winners will be entered in a drawing for a prize.

Talking to Your Kids About Money: Wednesday, April 9, 10:30 a.m.
Presented by non-profit credit counseling experts from Family Credit Management and West Dundee’s First American Bank. Drop in.

Sidewalk Chalk & Bubbles (PreK-Grade 5): Saturday, May 3, 2 to 4 p.m.
Join us for some outdoor fun with sidewalk chalk and bubbles (weather permitting).

Tomato Gardening: Saturday, May 17, 3 p.m.
Garden consultant Mark Lyons will share tips on how to successfully grow this juicy, mouth-watering garden fruit in your own backyard or container garden. Drop in.



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use my Dundee Library card at the Randall Oaks Branch?

Yes. They are interchangeable with all the same policies and privileges.

Can I return materials that I checked out at the Dundee Library to the Randall Oaks Branch?

Yes. Items borrowed from either location can be returned to either location.

Is the library branch open the same hours as the recreation center or the same as the Dundee Library?

Neither. The Randall Oaks Branch Library hours are:

Monday & Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday: Noon to 8 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday & Sunday: Closed

Why is the branch open so few hours/days and how were the hours selected?

The library district currently has sufficient income to operate the branch for 40 hours per week. The needs of a variety of users were considered in setting the hours. Preschool children and their caregivers use the library most on weekday mornings. Retired seniors and job seekers prefer mornings and early afternoons. School-aged children need access in the late afternoon and early evening. Many others can only get to the library on weekends. While a 40 hour schedule cannot meet all needs, the current schedule provides some access for each of these user groups.

Can I pick up my holds at the Randall Oaks Branch?

Yes. When you place a hold via our online catalog, a "Select a Pickup Location” drop down menu will appear. Click on "FRVPLD-Dundee” to pick up your hold at the Dundee Library, or click on "FRVPLD-Randall Oaks” to pick up at the branch. If you are placing a hold at the library or over the phone, simply tell a staff member where you would like to pick it up.

Is there wireless Internet access available at the Randall Oaks Branch?

Yes. Both the Park District and the Library offer free wireless Internet, so you can stay connected wherever you are in the building. No password is required.

Are there large-print books at the Randall Oaks Branch?

We do have a smaller collection, and at any time, large print books can be sent to the Randall Oaks Branch for pick-up. Simply place a hold online or call the Information Desk at the Dundee Library and we’ll do it for you.

Are there audio books or music on CDs at the Randall Oaks Branch?
Music on CDs is rapidly being replaced by downloadable mp3s, so will not be purchased for the branch. At any time however, you may place a hold to request a specific item be sent to Randall Oaks for pickup or visit the "Go Digital" link on our website to download ebooks, audio books, and music.

Are there any storytimes or programs scheduled at the Randall Oaks Branch?

Storytimes have recently been added to the branch! Visit our children's page or the Events & Registration calendar to check on the next storytime. Click here to see what's happening for adults and teens at the branch.

What collections are available at the Randall Oaks branch?

For adults we have New Fiction, Popular Authors (for not-new fiction), Prize Picks, Large Print, and Non-Fiction. For teens we have Fiction and Graphic Novels. For children, we have Board Books, Picture Books, Easy Readers, Fiction (including Series), and Non-Fiction. There are also Children’s DVDs and lots of AV for the older kids and adults including DVDs, Blu-Rays, and video games. We also have a small selection of magazines.

Is there another large delivery of books coming?

No. Our "opening day collection” has already been received, but you can expect to see a steady flow of new titles as we order using our regular budget for books, movies, and games. Let us know if you don’t find what you are looking for. Your feedback will help us grow the collection to meet the needs of the community.

Is public computer equipment available at the Randall Oaks Branch?

Yes. We offer the following computer equipment:

  • Five Public Internet stations for adults with Microsoft Office and Open Office.
  • A copier with scanning capabilities that doubles as a printer for the adult computers. (Color copies are .50 cents a page; black and white copies are .20 cents per page.) Scanning to USBs or email is free.
  • Ear buds ($1.50) and flash drives ($8.50) are available for purchase.
  • There is no fax or wireless print capability at the branch at this time.
    Children's Computers
    Two computers for children loaded with age appropriate games and a child-safe Internet browser.

For more specific questions, call the Randall Oaks Branch Library at (847) 428-3661 (press 4).


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