The library offers social service resources, including access to a part-time social work intern. Find the resources you need by visiting the 2nd floor Adult and Teen Services department. 

Social work intern

The library does not currently have a social work intern available. Interns work at the library on Aurora University's academic schedule and will return in the fall.

630-960-1200 ext. 4310

**Social Work Interns at the Downers Grove Public Library provide brief visits for information and referral services only. Appointments do not establish a client/social worker relationship. Appointments are limited to 20-minute consultations and are free of charge. Social Work Interns can not become a personal social worker.


Social Work Interns

DGPL has partnered with Aurora University's School of Social Work to host interns at the library. Interns at the library receive credit for their work at the library. 

Social Work Interns are available for patrons to meet with for 20-minute consultations to help refer patrons to services. To meet with a Social Work Intern, submit an assessment form.** Forms are available at the second floor Ask Us Desk.


The library has created a variety of social service resources, including brochures to help patrons find what they need. Handouts are available outside of Social Work Intern office hours; appointments are recommended to help identify the most helpful resources.

The Cupboard

The Cupboard is the library's pantry of nonperishable food and toiletry items for those who are housing or food insecure. There are no eligibility requirements or forms; patrons are encouraged to take what they need.

Social Service Resources

Signs of Anxiety handout

Signs of Depression handout

Additional resources will be added soon.

PADS Partnership

DGPL Use Only Cards 

The library visits the DuPage PADS shelters in Downers Grove monthly to register verified PADS clients for a DGPL-Use library card. DGPL Use Only cardholders may use all of the library's digital resources, register for programs, book study rooms, use the library's computers, and check out two items at a time. To get a DGPL Use Only card, PADS clients must have a PADS representative sign the resident verification form.

First Congregational Church - Monday
First United Methodist Church - Tuesday

Lunch n Learn Program

Learn about how to use your new DGPL Use Only card and meet a representative from a local social service agency. A library staff member will demonstrate or discuss a service available through the DGPL Use Only card. This program also gives patrons an opportunity to meet representatives from local service organizations face-to-face for Q&A. Food is generously provided by the Downers Grove Rotary Club. 

Questions? Email or call 630-960-1200 ext. 4310.