How Do I?

…access my account?
…borrow items if I don't live in Lincolnwood?
…donate to the library?
…download an eBook?
…find magazine and newspaper articles?
…get a library card?
…get a museum pass?
…get email notifications?
…get homework help?
…get library news?
…join Friends of the Library?
…know how long I can keep an item?
…pay my fines?
…place a hold?
…print, copy, scan, fax?
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…access my account?

  1. Click “My Account” at the top of the page (can be found on every page).
  2. Enter your library card number (no spaces) and password.
  3. View checkouts, holds, and fines by clicking the corresponding links.

…borrow items if I don't live in Lincolnwood?

Cardholders of libraries within Illinois can register their card for reciprocal borrowing privileges by visiting the Circulation Desk with their ‘home’ library card and two pieces of current identification, including a photo ID.

…donate to the library?

  • To donate funds in the form of a check, make it payable to the Lincolnwood Public Library District and drop it off at the Circulation Desk.
  • Gently used books are collected throughout the year and are sold in the semi-annual Friends of the Library Book Sale.  Drop off your donations at the Circulation Desk.

…download an eBook?

Visit our eBooks & Downloads page for step-by-step guides.

…find magazine and newspaper articles?

Magazine articles can be found through our electronic resource, MasterFile Premier. Here is a Video Tutorial to help you get started.

Check out these resources for current and historical newspaper articles:

…get a library card?

Visit the Circulation Desk with 1. a valid state issued ID (Driver’s License or State ID with name, photo, and current address) OR  2. a photo ID and one document with name and current address to be issued a library card.

…get a museum pass?

Visit the museum’s website

…get email notifications?

To sign up to be notified when your items are ready for pick up or when your checkouts are overdue, click here. You will need to enter your library card number and password.

…get homework help?

Check out the Kids & Teens Homework Help page or connect with a live tutor at Homework Help (tutors available Mon – Sun 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.).

…get library news?

Sign up to receive library news by entering your email address in this form.

…join Friends of the Library?

To join the Friends of the Library or volunteer at events, please contact friends@lincolnwoodlibrary.org

…know how long I can keep an item?

Our current loan periods are:

  • Audiobooks, Books, CDs, and Magazines — 3 weeks
  • DVDs — 2 weeks, 5 per checkout
  • Video Games — 2 weeks, 3 per checkout (Lincolnwood cardholders only)
  • Interlibrary Loans — 3 weeks

…pay my fines?

You can pay your fines with cash at the Circulation Desk. To pay with a credit/debit card, log in to your account, click the Fines tab, and enter the required information.

…place a hold?

  1. Search our catalog for the item.
  2. When you find the item you want, click the “Place Hold” button.
  3. You’ll be asked to log into your account if you haven’t already done so.
  4. Confirm your request.
  5. You will be notified when the item is ready for pick-up.

Holds can be placed for Lincolnwood patrons only.

…print, copy, scan, fax?

Black & white and color printers are available with 8.5″x11″ paper. You may print from any library computer or wirelessly from your computer or mobile device. The all-in-one copy, scan, fax machine is located in the Adult Computer Lab.

  • Black & White prints/copies — 15¢ per page
  • Color prints/copies — 55¢ per page
  • Scanning (to email, USB, etc.) — Free
  • Faxing — $1 per page

Check out the Print, Copy, Scan & Fax page for more details.

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