Borrowing & fees

Find something good to check out? Of course you did. Here’s what you need to know about borrowing and your account.

Loan periods and fees

Item Loan Period Limit Renewal Reserve* Late Fines**
AUDIOVISUAL
CDs, audiobooks 3 weeks - 3 Yes 10¢ a day
DVDs 1 week 30 3 Yes
  • Hot Pick DVDs*
  • 1 week 4 0 No
    Video games 1 week 10 3 Yes
    PRINT
    Books 3 weeks - 3 Yes 10¢ a day
  • Display books
  • 2 weeks - 1 No
  • Most Wanted books*
  • 2 weeks - 0 No
  • New fiction or nonfiction
  • 2 weeks - 3 Yes
    Magazines 1 week 4 per title 1 No
    TECHNOLOGY
    Cameras, laptops, other equipment* 1 week 4 3 Yes $1 a day
  • Chromebooks
  • 1 week 1 3 Yes
    eReaders 3 weeks - 3 Yes
    STEAM kits* 1 week - 3 Yes
    *Limited to Skokie cardholders
    **Maximum fine: $5 per item (except STEAM kits, cameras, laptops and other equipment)

    Your borrowing privilege is suspended when fines exceed $30. If you owe more than $30, you may be referred to a collection agency. An additional processing fee will be added to your account.

    Renewals and Reserves

    Log in to your account to see checkouts, due dates, fines, renewals, and reserves.

    Renewals

    You can renew most items at least once if no one else is on the waiting list. Call 847-673-2675 to use our automated renewal line or log in to renew online.

    To renew items borrowed from another library:

    • For LINKin items, log in to your library account.
    • For Interlibrary loan items, call 847-673-7774 ext. 3141, or request a renewal online. Interlibrary loan items can be renewed once.

    Holds

    You can have up to 40 items on hold at any time. Place holds through our catalog, in person, or by phone. If you don’t see something you want, request it.

    You have four options for getting your held items:

    • Pick up holds at the library
    • Have items placed on the Bookmobile for pickup
    • Have items delivered to you through the mail with Library Express (mailing cost is $2 per item)

    Paying fines

    You can pay fines using cash or check at the East or West Checkout Desks. To pay with a credit or debit card, use one of our self-checkout machines or pay online.

    For online payment, log in to your account, select “Fines/Fees” and then “Pay Online.”

    Payment timing

    When you pay a fine, it will be posted to your account within 24 hours. If your account has not been sent to Unique Management, Inc., our collection agency, your library card will be available for use when the accumulated fees on your record total less than $30.00. If your account has been sent to Unique Management Inc., your library card will not be usable until the balance is $0.

    Refunds for "lost and paid" items

    We will refund you for “lost and paid” items, less the overdue fee, if you return the item in good condition within 90 days.