Library Services at EPHS


The Elmwood Park High School Library is open each weekday during the school year. 

The EPHS and District 401 librarian is Mr. Brian Hoffmeister, who can be reached by email at this address or by using this contact form. EPHS's library aide is Ms. Lora Schaefer.


How We Help Students


The EPHS Library strives to fortify students with the technology and literacy skills they need for college and the marketplace beyond:

Critical Thinking and Digital Literacy 
Through engaging research lessons and 21st-century learning, students gain skills in argumentative reasoning and digital literacy, the ability to form solid arguments and solve problems creatively.

Active Learning 
Using emerging technologies, library desktop labs and roaming laptop carts, we will help students become acclimated with the changing learning strategies in education and harness these programs to their benefit.

Research Strategies and Skills
Through inquiry-based learning opportunities, students gain experience planning how to attack a particular line of research, accumulating data and structuring their results properly to convey their desired point of view.

We also continue the tradition of collecting the most exciting books for pleasure reading, including suspense thrillers, dramas, supernatural and relationship books, to stoke the creative fires of our students. Book clubs and literary clubs help encourage our more ambitious readers and writers to reach their full potential.


To Find a Title or Resource


If you are looking for a book or other resource in our library, please use these links:

► Library catalog 

► Featured titles & resources

If you want to explore other school libraries in our District, please use this link:

► District 401 libraries

Still have questions?

► Contact our librarian

District librarian Mr. Brian Hoffmeister is always available to help with research, citations, download problems, general technology issues and even some higher level computing advice when necessary. Just stop by the library whenever you need help!


Checkout Policy


Fiction and nonfiction books may be checked out for two weeks.

Reference books, older magazines and other materials may be checked out for overnight use. These materials must be returned before the first period class of the next day.

Fines are imposed for each overdue book.


Lost Material Policy


Parents of students who lose school library books will be charged according to the following fee schedule:

► Young Adult Fiction Paperback

$10.00

► Young Adult Fiction Hardcover

$20.00

► Young Adult Nonfiction Paperback

$20.00

► Young Adult Nonfiction Hardcover

$30.00

► Magazine

$3.00

► Reference

Actual replacement cost


District 401’s Policy on Library Services


EPHS's library operations are governed by District 401's policy on library media programs, which can be found in Section 6:230 of the Board of Education's District Policy Manual:

The Superintendent or designee shall manage the District's library media program to comply with (1) State law and Illinois State Board of Education rule and (2) the following standards:

  1. The program includes an organized collection of resources available to students and staff to supplement classroom instruction, foster reading for pleasure, enhance information literacy, and support research, as appropriate to students of all abilities in the grade levels served.
  2. Financial resources for the program's resources and supplies are allocated to meet students' needs.
  3. Students in all grades served have equitable access to library media resources.
  4. The advice of an individual who is qualified according to ISBE rule is sought regarding the overall direction of the program, including the selection and organization of materials, provision of instruction in information and technology literacy, and structuring the work of library paraprofessionals.
  5. Staff members are invited to recommend additions to the collection.
  6. Students may freely select resource center materials as well as receive guided selection of materials appropriate to specific, planned learning experiences.

A searchable version of the complete District Policy Manual can be found here.