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**
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
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
Cameras, laptops, other equipment* 1 week 4 3 Yes $1 a day
WiFi Hotspots* 3 weeks 1 3 Yes
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 and an 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.


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.


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

Payment of fines post to your account within 24 hours. If your account has not been sent to our collection agency, your library card will be available for use when the fees on your record total less than $30.00. If your account has been sent to collections, your library card will be suspended 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.