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The Downers Grove Public Library is dedicated to providing materials and resources for patrons of all ages and needs. Below is information on a variety of programs, services, and materials that may especially appeal to older adults in the community.



Book Discussions

The library currently has four regular book discussion series, including a daytime nonfiction discussion set of programs called Real Reads. In addition, the library offers special daytime discussions on biographies and memoirs of famous people in our Celebrity Reads programs as well as an outdoor option through walking book discussions in partnership with the DG Park District. Dates and titles are announced throughout the year for these special events.

Learn more about book discussions

For patrons who are interested in holding their own book discussions, the library offers a variety of options.

Learn more about book club services

Games & Puzzles

The library holds drop-in board games every Friday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. for patrons to socialize and play contemporary board games. In addition, the library offers board games and puzzles for checkout as well as a community puzzle for patrons to collaborate on.

Find games and puzzles in the catalog


The library offers audiobooks on CD and portable CD players as well as Pre-loaded Audios (Playaways) perfect for listening at home or on the go. Digital audiobooks are also available any time.


The library offers a quiet reading space by the newspaper and magazine collection. In addition, digital newspapers and magazines (available through Flipster and OverDrive) can be accessed online any time.

Memory Kits

The library offers boxes filled with items and activities centered around a place, time, or theme that aim to evoke memories, spark conversations, and create opportunities for meaningful engagement.

Find Memory Kits in the catalog

Book an Expert

The library offers one-on-one help through our Book an Expert service for topics such as eBooks and streaming services, genealogy research, computer skills, and more. Assistance is available in person or remotely via phone or an online meeting.

Book an Expert

Satellite Stacks

The library regularly delivers new large type books and other materials to various senior residences and assisted living facilities in Downers Grove. Patrons living at these residences can freely borrow books, audiobooks, and DVDs from Satellite Stacks shelves—no library card needed. Materials are refreshed periodically. Contact Adult & Teen Services at ATS@dglibrary.org or 630-960-1200 for more information.

Volunteer Opportunities

Each year, community members donate their time, skills, and talents to the library and to partner organizations.

Find volunteer opportunities


The library has numerous services and tools to assist with accessibility, including home delivery and special collections.

Learn more about accessibility support services


For more information contact the Adult & Teen Services Desk at 630-960-1200 ext. 4274 or ATS@dglibrary.org