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Circulation Policy

Patron Library Cards

Resident Tinley Park Public Library Cards

Persons living in the Village of Tinley Park or Orland Hills may obtain a library card without charge. A parent’s signature is required on the application and library card of anyone under the age of 18. A photo I.D. and proof of residency is required when applying for a library card. Acceptable forms of identification include the following (originals only; no photocopies accepted):

  • A valid driver’s license
  • An Illinois state ID
  • Current utility bill with address (cable, gas, electric, telephone, water)
  • School ID with an address
  • Mortgage/lease agreement
  • Auto insurance card (Declaration page with current address)
  • Home owner’s insurance (Declaration page with current address)
  • Green card with current address (if address is not shown, another form of proof of address is required)

Non-Resident Tinley Park Public Library Cards

Individuals residing in unincorporated Tinley Park may apply for a non-resident fee card. Non-resident cards are valid for one year from the original date of purchase. The annual fee includes all family members living at the same address. The annual fee is determined by current non-resident fee calculation. The determining factor for issuance of a fee card is based on the non-resident’s proximity to the closest public library serving the township or high school district where the non-resident resides. The high school districts serving Tinley Park are District 228 and District 230. This card shall entitle the cardholder to all services provided by the Tinley Park Public Library, including reciprocal borrowing.

Persons applying for a non-resident fee card must verify they do not live within the incorporated boundaries of Tinley Park. Acceptable forms of identification are:

  • Current property tax bill (homeowner)
  • Current lease or rent receipt (renter)
  • Proof of home ownership (new buyer)

Non-Resident Property Owner’s Library Card

Non-resident patrons who own taxable property within incorporated Tinley Park, or owners of a business property who pay taxes in Tinley Park, may obtain one non-resident library card without payment of the non-resident fee. The patron must own the property, not rent or lease the property. A card will be issued to the person whose name is on the tax bill. Patron must supply a current year tax bill. The card is valid for one year from the date of issuance.

Library Card Applications

All required fields on application must be completed to receive a library card. Information supplied is strictly confidential and will not be shared with a third party. Library cards will not be issued later than 30 minutes before closing.

Replacing a Lost or Stolen Card

Lost or stolen cards will be replaced with proof of residency and completion of library card application. If the card has not expired, the cost of a replacement is $4.00. Expired cards are replaced at no charge.

Staff Library Cards

A Tinley Park Public Library card may be issued to staff members who reside outside the corporate limits of Tinley Park. The card will be cancelled when the staff member leaves the library’s employment.


Length of Loans

The Tinley Park Public Library circulates materials in a variety of formats including books, magazines, and audiobooks. The following terms of loan are applicable as indicated (limited to 2 renewals, not guaranteed):

  Length of Loan  
Books 3 weeks
Audio books 3 weeks
Magazines 3 weeks
Nonfiction VHS/DVD/Blu-Ray 3 weeks
DVD/Blu-Ray movies 1 week
DVD TV series(Adult/YA) 3 weeks
Music CDs 3 weeks
Sheet Music 3 weeks
Pamphlets 3 weeks
Hot Copies/Now Playing 1 week (not renewable)
Console games 3 week
Ereaders 2 weeks (not renewable)

Items Borrowed

Patrons may borrow up to 100 items at a time. No more than 10 of these items may be feature film DVDs or Blu-Rays; and no more than 25 of the items may be CDs or audio books. No more than 5 of these items may be console games. Patrons may have no more than 50 reserves placed at any given time.

Fees and Fines

The Tinley Park Public Library has established, in addition to the schedule for lost or damaged items, the following schedule of fines for overdue materials as well as fees for other services provided by the Tinley Park Public Library.

Overdue Materials
$0.10 per day, not to exceed the cost of the item.
Audio Books:
$0.10 per day, not to exceed the cost of the item.
Music CDs:
$0.10 per day, not to exceed the cost of the item.
Feature DVDs and Blu-Rays:
$1.00 per day, not to exceed the cost of the item.
Nonfiction Videocassettes, DVDs and Blu-Rays:
$0.10 per day, not to exceed the cost of the item.
Hot Copies:
$1.00 per day, not to exceed the cost of the item.
Now Playing:
$1.00 per day, not to exceed the cost of the item.
Console games:
$1.00 per day, not to exceed the cost of the item.
$0.10 per day, not to exceed the cost of the item.
Sheet Music:
$0.10 per day, not to exceed the cost of the item.
$0.10 per day, not to exceed the cost of the item.
$1.00 per day overdue, not to exceed the cost of the item.
$0.15 per page b/w, $1.00 per page color.
$1.00 per page; $8.00 per page for international faxes. The library will supply a cover sheet upon request at the cost of the fax transmission. The library stops transmitting faxes 30 minutes before closing.
$1.00 per page. The Tinley Park Public Library assumes no responsibility of notification of the receipt of a fax for an individual. The fax will be held by the library for six months and then discarded if not picked up.
Computer printouts:
$0.15 per page b/w, $1.00 color. This fee applies to all material printed by library printers including, but not limited to, Internet downloads, CD-ROM product information, personal work, and graphics.
Internet usage:
No charge for Tinley Park Public Library cardholders, $4.00 per hour for non-cardholders.
Collection Agency Fee:
A $5.00 charge will be added to a patron’s record if the device is returned in the book drop.
Various fees will be assessed for materials returned incomplete (i.e. with missing parts).

Lost and/or Damaged Materials

Materials borrowed from the Tinley Park Public Library are the responsibility of the library patron. The cost of lost or damaged material will be determined by the cost listed on the SWAN database and/or the Technical Services department. If the material is judged by a department supervisor to be damaged and unsuitable for the collection, full replacement cost and a processing fee will be charged. Replacement cost is the responsibility of any patron who loses or damages any library material. Replacement items are not accepted. In the case of children under the age of 18, it is the parents’ responsibility to pay for lost or damaged items in accordance with the following schedule of terms:

  • A charge will be added to the patron’s record.
  • The patron is informed that the item will be held for 60 days during which time they may pay for the item. The patron may then keep the item.
  • If the patron has not paid after 60 days, the item is discarded and the charge remains on the patron’s record.
  • Materials borrowed through interlibrary loan which are lost or damaged are charged to the patron according to the bill provided by the lending agency.
  • A processing fee of $5.00 will be charged for any and all lost items.

If a Tinley Park item reported lost and paid for is found within a 30 day period after the due date, the cost of the item will be refunded to the patron if the patron has a receipt of payment. Processing fees are not refundable. Interlibrary loan materials are not refundable.


Patrons may place a hold on materials which are not immediately available for patron use but are in the SWAN catalog.

  • When the materials are available to the patron who has placed the hold, the library will notify the patron via phone or email and material will be held for 7 days.
  • If the patron is not available by phone, a message will be left. The specific title of the material will not be stated to anyone other than the library patron who placed the hold.
  • Relay of the message to the appropriate person in the household, and prompt retrieval of the material, are the responsibilities of the patron.

Board Approved 5/89
Revised 11/07, 5/11, 10/11, 8/15, 2/16, 2/18