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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.

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 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 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. 
Tinley Park Items Borrowed:
Books, audio books, music CDs, magazines, sheet music, pamphlets, non-fiction videos, and TV series videos circulate for 3 weeks. “Now Playing” videos, feature film videos and console games circulate for one week. Youth Services iPads circulate for one hour. 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; no more than 5 of these items may be console games.
Renewing an Item:
Tinley Park items may be renewed up to two times if not on reserve for another patron. “Now Playing” videos cannot be renewed. There are several ways to renew an item: in person at the library, online, or by phone. If renewing by phone, you will be asked for your library card number. 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.
Reserving 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. You will be notified when the item becomes available. 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:
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.
Fines on books, audio books, music CDs, magazines, sheet music, pamphlets, and non-fiction videos are 10 cents per day. Fines "Now Playing” videos, console games, TV series videos, feature film videos are $1 per day. Fines for the Youth Services iPad is $1 per hour. Fines in excess of $10.00 will prevent patrons from checking out materials, renewing a card, or accessing the primary bank of PCs.