Loan Policies and Services
of Skokie Public Library
|Library cards||Returning library materials|
|Loan periods||Extended loan fees|
|Loan limits||Lost materials|
|Renewals||LINKin and interlibrary loan|
- Skokie residents
Applications for Library cards are available at the West Circulation Desk or online. One form of identification with name, photo, and address (such as a current driver's license or state I.D.) that demonstrates Skokie residency is required. The signature of a parent or guardian is required for applicants aged 15 and younger. Skokie Public Library cardholders are also entitled to basic borrowing privileges at any of the RAILS member public libraries.
- Skokie businesses
Companies based in Skokie may apply for a business Library card. A typewritten request on company letterhead that includes the address, phone, and email of the business is required. The letter must list the names of employees authorized for library privileges and state that the company will accept responsibility for any unresolved fines and/or missing materials. The letter must be signed by the owner, president or, in the case of a large corporation, the head of a specific department. Employees listed in the letter will receive individual Library cards which will be mailed to their business; only these employees will be permitted to check out materials on their card. Skokie Public Library reserves the right to request identification of the employee to prove they are the owner of the library card.
Instructions and a sample letter are available for download.
- Skokie school teachers
Teachers working in schools that serve the children of Skokie are eligible for Skokie Public Library cards. The school principal must sign an authorization form supplied by the Library and send a staff list approving use of the card by the administrators, teachers, and aides included on the list. Each person authorized for checkout privileges has their own Library card with a separate barcode. The card is issued first in the name of the school, followed by the person's name (e.g., EDISON SCHOOL Linda Jones). Library cards are given to each school for distribution to school personnel.
- Students at Skokie schools
Residents of neighboring communities who attend school fulltime in Skokie and who hold a valid library card from one of the RAILS member public libraries may bring their library card and a photo I.D. (such as a current driver's license or state I.D.) with their current address to Skokie Public Library to register for reciprocal borrowing privileges. For students in Skokie schools who live in Chicago or an unincorporated area not served by a RAILS library, proof of their enrollment at the Skokie school for the current school year is required (class schedule, proof of tuition payment, or letter from the school principal). If the student is under 16 years of age, a parent or guardian must provide proof of home address. The card is valid for the school year, September through August. The fee for one year is $150, but will be prorated depending on when during the year the card is purchased.
- Residents of neighboring communities
Patrons who hold a valid library card from one of the RAILS member public libraries may bring their library card and a photo I.D. (such as a current driver's license or state I.D.) with their current address to Skokie Public Library to register for reciprocal borrowing privileges. Reciprocal borrowing entitles each cardholder to check out up to six (6) items from Skokie Public Library. Chicago Public Library cardholders are not eligible for reciprocal borrowing privileges. Patrons not eligible for reciprocal borrowing privileges may purchase a Skokie Public Library card for the cost of taxpayer support of north suburban libraries. The fee is $300 per year or $150 for a six-month card.
- Lost Library cards
Lost or stolen Skokie Public Library cards must be reported to the Library immediately. There is a $1 charge for a replacement card. Please notify other libraries where you have registered your card. Remember, your library card is as valuable as a credit card.
- Expired Library cards
When your Skokie Library card expires bring it to the West Circulation desk along with one piece of identifiction that shows your name and address. If you no longer have the card there will be a $1 replacement fee.
- Three (3) weeks: Books, audiobooks, eReaders, and CDs
- Two (2) weeks: Most Wanted books and new adult books
- One (1) week: Blu-Rays, DVDs, videos, video games, comic books, and magazines
- Loan limits for Skokie cardholders
- Limit of two (2): Most Wanted books, Hot Pick DVDs, and video games
- Limit of ten (10): Blu-Rays and DVDs
- Loan limits for residents from neighboring communities
- Limit of two (2): Video games
- Limit of six (6) items checked out per card
- Most Wanted books, Hot Pick DVDs, new DVDs, and new Blu-rays are available for checkout by Skokie cardholders only
- Items may be reserved for Skokie cardholders only
Most items may be renewed up to five (5) times. All DVDs, videos, Blu-rays, and eReaders may only be renewed one (1) time. Items may be renewed only if they have not been requested by another person. Items that may not be renewed include: Most Wanted books, Hot Picks DVDs, and video games. Check with the Circulation Department for renewal limits on new and developing collections.
- You may renew items online when you access your Library account. A list of your checked-out items will be at the bottom of the screen; you may renew all items or select those to be renewed individually.
- With a touchtone phone, you may renew titles from home. Have your Library card and materials (with their barcodes) ready when you dial 847.673.2675. An automated voice will give you instructions. The system will advise you if an item is non-renewable. Please listen for new due dates otherwise items may not renew.
All circulating library materials may be reserved by Skokie Public Library cardholders except “Most Wanted” books and “Hot Picks” DVDs. Up to three titles may be reserved over the telephone. A maximum of fifteen reserve titles are allowed on a patron card at any one time.
Cardholders may reserve items online via our catalog, available at discover.skokielibrary.info. Search for the title you would like and, if all copies are currently checked out, click on the REQUEST IT link. You will then be prompted to enter your last name and Skokie Public Library card barcode number.
Patrons will be notified that their reserve items are ready by email if there is a valid email address in their patron record. If there is no email address, an automated telephone calling system will notify patrons that their items are ready. Due to the large volume of reserved items, please be advised that reserves will not be ready for pickup until you have been notified by telephone or email.
Email notification will provide the title of the reserved item. The automated telephone calling system is unable to give this information. Please inform the Circulation staff of any changes in email addresses or telephone numbers.
Library Express is a service that allows Skokie Public Library cardholders to have reserved items delivered to their door via the U.S. Postal Service. Delivery is $2 per item.
Library materials may be returned to our automated checkin system located near the West Circulation Desk, to the drop slots near the East Entrance, to our drop boxes located in the south side drive, or to the Bookmobile. Items checked out from Skokie Public Library may also be returned to nearby libraries.
- 10¢ per day: All youth materials except DVDs, Blu-rays, and Digital Players
- 15¢ per day: All adult materials except Most Wanted books, DVDs, Blu-rays, and Digital Players
- 25¢ per day: Most Wanted books
- $1 per day: DVDs, Blu-rays, and Digital Players
The maximum fine on most overdue items is $5 or the price of the item, whichever is less. The fine limit for DVDs, Blu-rays, and Digital Players is the cost of the item.
There is a fine of $3 for any barcode or interlibrary loan wrapper which is defaced or removed from Skokie Public Library material.
Patrons who lose library materials will be charged the replacement cost of the item. Patrons will receive receipts when paying for lost materials, and must present this receipt to receive a refund, minus overdue charges, should they locate and return the materials within three months.
LINKin is a partnership between Skokie Public Library, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Cook Memorial Public Library District, Deerfield Public Library, Gail Borden Public Library, and Naperville Public Library that provides quick access to the collections of the partner libraries when materials are checked out, or not available, at Skokie Public Library. Items can be borrowed from the partner libraries and sent to Skokie Public Library within three or four days. Patrons will be notified by phone or email when the item is ready for pickup.
Materials not owned by Skokie Public Library and not available through LINKin may be requested by Skokie cardholders at the Information Services Desk, the Readers' Services Desk, the Movies, Music & More desk, or in Youth Services. Patrons can also search other libraries to find materials available for checkout at libraries in neighboring communities.
Interlibrary loan requests may be made online via our catalog, available at discover.skokielibrary.info. Search for the title you would like and, if Skokie Public Library does not own the item, click on the Can't find it? link at the bottom of the page. Follow the directions for Interlibrary loan to place your request.
If the item is less than six months old, click on the Library purchase suggestion link at the top of the Can't find it? page. Follow the directions to have the item considered for acquisition by the Library.