Today, around 2:30 p.m., our Library received a bomb threat through our online chat service. Several other local libraries received similar threats today, and many more have had similar experiences in recent weeks.
We immediately contacted the Schaumburg Police Department. They arrived on site quickly to investigate. All staff and patrons were evacuated from the Central Library in a calm, orderly manner. We later decided to evacuate our branches as well, out of an abundance of caution.
At around 6:45 p.m., after a thorough search of the interior and exterior of our Central Library, the Schaumburg Police Department determined the bomb threat was not bonafide. No suspicious items were found during the search. Officers continue to clear the area and will continue with their investigation.
All our Library locations will reopen as scheduled tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 9 a.m. for regular hours.
While this was a challenging day, we are thankful this threat was unfounded and all patrons, staff and community members are safe.
Many thanks to the Schaumburg Police Department and Village of Schaumburg who handled the situation professionally and helped us communicate with the community. And thank you to the Hoffman Estates and Hanover Park police departments for checking in on our branch locations today.
We're also grateful to have wonderful staff and Trustees who all played a role in keeping our Library, patrons, staff and community safe today.
Finally, many thanks to you, our friends in the community, who reached out with messages of support throughout the afternoon. It's because of individuals like you that we do what we do. We're proud to serve our community and offer a safe space where everyone has the freedom to read and is welcome to learn, create, discover and grow.
We'll see you around the Library.