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Library Cards & Circulation

How to get a library card

Who's eligible

  • Anyone who lives in incorporated Tinley Park or Orland Hills

  • Non-residents who own taxable property within incorporated Tinley Park

  • Owners of a business property who pay taxes in Tinley Park

  • Individuals who live in unincorporated TInley Park may apply for a non-resident fee card. Please call us at 708.532.0160 x 3 for more information.

What's required

A photo ID and proof of residency are required when applying for a library card.

Bring either of the following:

  • Illinois driver's license with current address*
  • Illinois state ID with current address*

Other acceptable identification:

  • US Passport*

  • US Green Card*

*If your Illinois driver's license or state ID does not show a current address, or if you are using a US Passport or Green Card as photo ID, you must show one additional proof of residency:

  • Current mortgage/lease agreement
  • Auto insurance card/declaration page with current address
  • Homeowners insurance declaration page
  • Current gas, cable, electric, phone or water bill addressed to applicant

Minors

  • A parent or legal guardian must accompany anyone under the age of 18.
  • A parent or legal guardian must sign the minor's library card application and library card

Where to sign up

Stop by the Checkout Desk no later than 30 minutes before closing with ID and proof of residency to sign up for a library card.

 

How to replace a lost or stolen 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 ID and proof of residency.
  • If the card has not expired, the cost of a replacement is $4.00. (Expired cards are replaced at no charge.)

 

Using your library card

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

Checking out

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. 

Borrowing Tinley Park items:

Patrons may borrow up to 100 items at a time.

  • Up to 10 of these items may be videos
  • Up to 25 of the items may be a combination of CDs or audiobooks
  • Up to 5 of these may be console games.

3 week loans:

  • Books
  • Audiobooks
  • Music CDs
  • Magazines
  • Sheet music
  • Pamphlets
  • Nonfiction videos
  • TV series videos
  • Consolegames

1 week loans:

  • Easy Holiday books
  • "Now Playing" videos
  • Feature film videos
  • Elgato Video Capture device

Hourly loans:

  • Youth Services iPads (1 hour)
  • MacBooks (3 hours)

Renewing an item

Most items checked out a the Tinley Park Public Library will renew automatically.

Items will not be automatically renewed if any of the following applies:

  • "Now Playing" video or Easy Holiday item
  • Macbook or Youth Services iPad
  • Elgato Video Capture device
  • Item is on hold for another patron
  • Your item has reached the two-renewal limit
  • Total fines are $10 or more
  • Your library card has expired
  • All streaming/downloadable materials

Placing an item on hold

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
  • requesting the item on the SWAN online catalog.

You will be notified when the item becomes available. Keep in mind:

  • Items will be held for 7 days and must be picked up with the library card under which the hold was placed.
  • “Now Playing” videos cannot be reserved.
  • Patrons may reserve up to 50 items at any given time.

Cancelling an Item on Hold:

If you do not want the item you have placed on hold, you may cancel the item at Reference or Youth Services, or through the SWAN Online Catalog.


Returning an item

Items may be returned to:

  • the book drops located inside the building near the checkout desk
  • The drive-up book drop located on the East side of the building
  • the Checkout Desk
  • Please return overdue items to the Checkout Desk.
  • MacBooks and the Elgato Video Capture device must be returned to the Reference Desk.
  • Youth Services iPads must be returned to the Youth Services Desk.

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.

Fines

Fines above $10.00 will prevent patrons from checking out materials, renewing a card, or accessing the primary bank of PCs.

10 cents per day:

  • Books
  • Audiobooks
  • Music CDs
  • Magazines
  • Sheet music
  • Pamphlets
  • Nonfiction videos

$1 per day:

  • "Now Playing" videos
  • Feature film videos
  • TV series videos
  • Console games

Other:

  • Fines on MacBooks are $5 per hour
  • Fines on the Elgato Video Capture device are $2 per day
  • You will be charged a $5 fee if you return the Elgato Video Capture device in the book drop
  • Youth Services iPads are $1 per hour

 

Getting library notifications

You may choose one of the following notification preferences:

  • EMAIL (recommended)—If you provide library staff with an email address and you do not have a texting option selected on your library account, you will receive the following notification types:
    • Hold Pickups – your requested item is ready for pickup
    • Hold Cancellations – your request could not be filled
    • Overdues – a reminder your item has not yet been returned
    • Billing – your item is over 42 days late and cost of item has been applied to your library account
    • Courtesy Notices – a reminder two days before your materials are due
    • Auto Renewals – your checked out item may or may not have been automatically renewed (not all libraries participate in auto renewals)
  • TEXT—If you provide library staff with your cell phone number for texting purposes, you will receive Courtesy Notices along with one or all of the following notification types of your choice:
    • Hold Pickups – your requested item is ready for pickup
    • Overdues – a reminder your item has not yet been returned
    • Billing – your item is over 42 days late and cost of item has been applied to your library account
  • PHONE—If you only have a phone number on your library account, you will receive the following notification types on your phone via our SWAN automated phone message system:
    • Hold Pickups– your requested item is ready for pickup
    • Overdues – a reminder your item has not yet been returned
    • Billing – your item is over 42 days late and cost of item has been applied to your library account

Please note, notifications are provided as a courtesy and patrons are responsible for the timely return of all items.