Cards, Loans & Policies

Library Cards | Loan Periods | Renewals | Fines & Fees | Lost Materials | Reciprocal Borrowers | Library Policies | U. S. Patriot Act

Library Cards

Lincolnwood residents can apply for or renew library cards at the Circulation Desk.  Please bring a valid, state issued ID (Driver’s License or State ID with name, photo, and current address) or one photo ID and one document with name and current address. The signature of a parent or guardian is required for applicants under 16. Cards are valid for three years.

Loan Periods and Limits

  • Audiobooks, Books, CDs, Kindles, and Magazines — 3 weeks
  • DVDs and Blu-rays — 2 weeks
  • Video Games — 2 weeks
  • Umbrellas — 3 weeks, or buy a new one for $10.00

Reciprocal borrowers from outside the RAILS (Reaching Across Illinois Library System) are allowed up to 15 items per card holder per visit.

Email notices — sign up to be notified when your items are ready for pick up or when your checkouts are becoming due.

Renewals

If there are no holds on an item, you may renew it up to two times. Renew your items by going to My Account by bringing items to the circulation desk, or by calling the library during regular business hours.

Fines & Fees

  • Audiobooks, Books, CDs, and Magazines — 10¢ per day
  • DVDs, Blu-rays, Kindles, Interlibrary Loans (outside CCS) and Video Games — $1.00 per day
  • There is a maximum fine of $7.00 per book and $10.00 per DVD or Video Game
  • Interlibrary Loan material fees (within CCS) are collected based on the owning library’s policy
  • Umbrellas — 10¢ per day

To pay your fines with a credit/debit card, log in to My Account, click the Fines tab, and enter the required information.

Lost Materials

If you lose an item, you will be charged the cost of a replacement.

Reciprocal Borrowers

Cardholders of libraries within Illinois can register their card for reciprocal borrowing privileges.  Please bring the ‘home’ library card and valid state issued ID (Driver’s License or State ID with name, photo, and current address) or one photo ID and one document with name and current address to the Circulation Desk. Cards from libraries outside the Cooperative Computer Services (CCS) Consortium will need to be re-registered every three years.

Corporate cards are available to businesses, institutions, churches and similar organizations located in Lincolnwood. A card will be issued to the owner or manager (one card per organization) who is responsible for any fines or fees that may accrue. All items are available for checkout. These cards must be renewed annually.

Library Policies

Behavior*| Bylaws Collection Development | Debt ManagementEmployee Handbook | Fiscal Accountability | General*| Gift & Donation | Historical Collection | Identity Protection | Meeting Room Use* | Photo | Public Comments | Public Internet, Technology, & User Agreement | Reference Services  | Resource Sharing

*Please note that some items in these policies may not be implemented until construction is completed at the end of 2016.

U. S. Patriot Act Notice

The Lincolnwood Public Library makes every effort to protect your privacy by keeping your library records confidential. You should be aware, however, that under federal legislation commonly known as the U.S. Patriot Act (public law 107-56) law enforcement officials can require the library to provide information about your use of the library and library resources, including library computers. The act also prohibits the library from informing you that your library records have been requested and/or released. Questions and/or comments about the Act may be directed to your legislators.