Cards, Loans & Policies

Library Cards

Lincolnwood residents can apply for 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. 

Sign up for a library card online by clicking here. You will be given a card number that you can use online for a limited time. We will then mail your card to your Lincolnwood address.

Loan Periods and Limits

  • Audiobooks, Books, CDs, Kindles, and Magazines — 3 weeks
  • DVDs and Blu-rays — 3 weeks
  • Video Games — 3 weeks 
  • Hot Picks — 2 weeks — only for Lincolnwood residents
  • Library of Things — 2 weeks — only for Lincolnwood residents
  • 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.


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. Items in the Hot Picks collection cannot be renewed.

 Fees & Fines

The Library is fine free, with the exception of Library of Things and Interlibrary Loan materials (outside the CCS consortium): $1 per day or any portion of a day. Most items renew up to two times automatically if no other patron has a hold on the item. If the item becomes overdue, the library card associated with that item is temporarily frozen. If an item becomes long-overdue, a fee for the missing item is added to the library card account. After a certain amount of time, unpaid fees are turned over to collection agencies.

Items borrowed within the CCS consortium: Fine rate set by the check out Library. Fines for each overdue item may mount up to, but not exceed, $10.

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.

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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.