Library Cards & Borrowing Information

How Do I Get A Library Card?

Library cards are available free of charge to persons of any age who reside within the boundaries of the Green Hills Public Library District.  Identification and proof of residency are required at the time a Library card is issued.  Patrons under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian present to sign the application form.  An individual who owns property or a business within the Library District may also receive one library card in their name with current proof of ownership such as a property tax bill.

Lost or stolen cards should be reported to the Library immediately.  Patrons are responsible for any materials charged out on their card.

A non-resident Library card is available for a yearly fee of $222.00.  This card entitles the holder to the same access privileges as the resident card.  Borrowing privileges are extended to individuals who are valid cardholders of other Illinois libraries in conjunction with the statewide reciprocal borrowing agreement, upon completion of registration with the District.

Borrowing of District materials shall be permitted when an individual (1) provides proof of identity as the cardholder listed on the library card, (2) establishes good standing as a library cardholder at his or her home library, and (3) agrees to abide by all District policies and procedures, as amended from time to time.

Loan Policies

Loan Period Renewals Place Hold
Books 21 days 2 Yes
Audiobooks 21 days 2 Yes
Magazines 21 days 2 Yes
Quick Flips 7 days 0 Yes
Kits 21 days 2 Yes
Music CDs 14 days 2 Yes
New DVDs/Blu-rays 7 days 0 Yes
DVDs/Blu-rays (non-new) 14 days 2 Yes
TV Series 14 days 2 Yes
Hot Books 7 days 1 No
Playaway Views 21 days 2 Yes
Video Games 14 days 1 Yes
eReaders 21 days 2 Yes
Roku Players 14 days 1 Yes
Wi-Fi Hotspot 14 days 1 Yes
Digital Equipment 7 days 0 No
Book Box 21 days 0 No

Renewable materials that do not have holds and/or have not exceeded the renewal limit will be automatically renewed.  Patrons also have the option to renew materials at the Circulation Desk, over the phone at (708) 598-8446 ext. 110 or 112, through our online catalog, or at the self-checkout stations.

Patrons must not have fines in excess of $4.99 in order for any material renewal to take place.

Print materials, audiobooks, and kits may be checked out on a vacation loan (42 days, no renewals).

Overdue Fines

Books $1.00 per week
Hot Books $0.25 per day
Audiobooks $0.25 per day
ILL Materials $0.25 per day
Kits $0.10 per day
Magazines $0.10 per day
Quick Flips $0.25 per day
Music CDs $0.25 per day
CD-ROM $2.00 per day
Digital Equipment $5.00 per day
eReaders $5.00 per day
DVDs/Blu-rays $1.00 per day
Nonfiction DVDs $1.00 per day
Video Games $2.00 per day
Roku Players $2.00 per day
Wi-Fi Hotspot $2.00 per day
Book Box $1.00 per week

Service Fees & Replacement Costs

ILL searches outside of Illinois Postage varies per ILL request
Book Box $3.00 for Box plus replacement cost of item
Non-Resident Library Card $220.00 per year
Lost or Damaged Material Replacement Cost
Replacement of Security Tag $2.00
Mechanical Equipment Replacement Cost
Electronic Equipment Replacement Cost
Software Replacement Cost
Local Fax (U.S. & Canada) $1.00 per page
International Fax $2.00 per page

Fines and fees are payable with cash, check, or credit card.  Credit card payment is handled online by the patron using the Illinois Funds E-Pay Program, or at the Library’s self checkout stations.