Library Cards & Circulation

To Obtain a Library Card:

Any resident of incorporated Tinley Park or Orland Hills, regardless of age, is eligible for a Tinley Park Public Library card. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and the signature of the parent or legal guardian is required on the application and library card. Residents living in unincorporated areas of high school districts 228 and 230 may apply for a Tinley Park Public Library card for a fee. To qualify for a library card you must show current proof of residency. Acceptable verifications of residency are one of the following:

  • Illinois drivers license with current address *No photocopies accepted
  • Illinois state I.D. with current address *No photocopies accepted
  • Current Mortgage/Lease agreement
  • Auto Insurance card/ Declaration page with current address
  • Homeowners Insurance Declaration page
  • United States of America issued Green Card with current address*

*If Green Card does not have current address, another form of proof of residency is required

The library will also accept the following utility bills as proof of residency.  The utility bill must be current and have the adult applicant’s name on the bill.

  • Cable Bill
  • Gas Bill
  • Electric Bill
  • Phone Bill
  • Water Bill

Persons not residing in Tinley Park or Orland Hills but who own property in incorporated Tinley Park or Orland Hills may apply for a Tinley Park Public Library Card.  A current property tax bill is required as proof of ownership.  Library card will be issued to property owner only.

NOTE:  Library cards will not be issued later than 30 minutes before closing.

Applicants must also supply contact information.  This contact information may be used if the patron cannot be reached.  Individuals need to visit the library in person to complete registration for a new library card (or to renew an existing card). Please stop at the Checkout Desk no later than 30 minutes before closing with proof of residency. The signature of a parent or guardian is required on the application and library card of anyone under the age of 18. The parent or guardian must accompany the child when applying for a library card. 

To Replace a Lost Card:
Please notify the library immediately if a card is lost or stolen (or if you move away from Tinley Park or Orland Hills). Lost or stolen cards will be replaced immediately with proof of residency. If the card has not expired, the cost of a replacement is $4.00. (Expired cards are replaced at no charge.)
Where Tinley Park Library Cards Are Accepted:
Your library card will be honored at every public and most academic libraries in the RAILS library system. Borrowing privileges at other Illinois libraries (such as the Chicago Public Library) may be available. Please visit or call the library for their specific lending policies.
Always present your library card when you wish to borrow an item. It is your personal identification and is NOT transferable. You are responsible for the safe return of all materials borrowed on your card. It is very important that you do not lend it or lose it.
Items Borrowed:
Patrons may borrow up to 100 items at a time. No more than 10 of these items may be videos, no more than 25 of the items may be a combination of CDs or audio books, and no more than 5 of these items may be console games. Patrons may reserve up to 50 items at any given time. There is no cost to check out any of these materials.
To Renew An Item:
You may renew a TPPL item a maximum of two times. Note that materials may not be renewable if someone is waiting for them. Also, items borrowed from other libraries are sometimes limited to fewer renewals. Most renewals can be accomplished online or by phone. Materials borrowed from SWAN member libraries may be renewed online. For instructions on how to renew items online, as well as how to manage your SWAN account, stop by or print this tri-fold brochure.
To Reserve An Item:
If the item you want is checked out, it may be reserved for you by contacting a staff member at the Reference or Youth Services Desks, or by requesting the item on the SWAN online catalog. When the item becomes available, you will be contacted. Contact may be made by phone or email, as you prefer.
To Return An Item:
During the hours when the library is open, you may return "on-time" items to the indoor book drops near the front entrance; but please bring overdue items to the Checkout Desk. At any time you may also return items to the outdoor "drive through" book drops located on the east side of the building. Please put all non-book items (CDs, videos, video games) in the depository labeled for audiovisual materials. Items placed in the book and audiovisual drops as late as one hour before the library opens will be treated as though they were returned the preceding day. E-readers CANNOT be returned in the book drops; they must be returned to either the Reference or Youth Services Desks.
The fine for overdue books, magazines, CDs, and non-fiction videotapes/DVDs is $0.10 per day per item. Overdue items interlibrary loaned from another library are also subject to a $0.10 per day fine. Overdue "feature film" DVDs, Blu-rays, and video games are subject to a $1.00 per day fine.  Overdue "Hot Copies" are also subject to a fine of $1.00 per day. Fines in excess of $10.00 will prevent patrons from checking out materials, renewing a card, or accessing the primary bank of PCs.