Library Cards & Borrowing Information

How Do I Get A Library Card?

Library cards are available free of charge to persons of any age who reside within the boundaries of the Green Hills Public Library District.  Identification and proof of residency are required at the time a Library card is issued.  Patrons under the age of 18 may become a cardholder only with the cooperation and consent of the applicant’s custodial parent or legal guardian.  The custodial parent or legal guardian must be present at the time of Library card activation and should be prepared to show proper identification as outlined above.  An individual who owns property or a business within the Library District may also receive one Library card in their name with current proof of ownership such as a property tax bill.

Lost or stolen cards should be reported to the Library immediately.  Patrons are responsible for any materials charged out on their card.

A non-resident Library card is available for a yearly fee of $210.00.  This card entitles the holder to the same access privileges as the resident card.  Borrowing privileges are extended to individuals who are valid cardholders of other Illinois libraries in conjunction with the statewide reciprocal borrowing agreement, upon completion of registration with the District.

Borrowing of District materials shall be permitted when an individual (1) provides proof of identity as the cardholder listed on the library card, (2) establishes good standing as a library cardholder at his or her home library, and (3) agrees to abide by all District policies and procedures, as amended from time to time.

Residents can sign up for a digital card to access all of our online resources including ebooks, eaudiobooks, online databases, homework help, and more.  Users must be at least 13 years of age to register.  Sign up online and get confirmation instantly.

Loan Policies*

*A temporary structure of circulation policies has taken effect 10/1/2020.  Overdue fines are not assessed under this temporary structure.

Material Loan Period Limit Renewals Place Hold
Audiobooks 21 days None 2 Yes
Binge Box 21 days 1 0 Yes
Board Books 21 days None 2 No
Board Games 14 days 3 0 Yes
Book Box 21 days 1 0 No
Books 21 days None 2 Yes
Devices 14 days 1 per type 2 Yes
DVDs/BluRays (new) 7 days None 0 Yes
DVDs/BluRays (non-new) 14 days None 2 Yes
Hot Books 14 days None 0 No
Launchpads 14 days None 2 Yes
Magazines 21 days None 2 Yes
Magazines (Quick Flips) 7 days None 0 No
Music CDs 14 days None 2 Yes
Video Games 14 days 3 2 Yes

Circulation policies for Interlibrary Loan materials are established by the lending library.

Renewable materials that do not have holds and/or have not exceeded the renewal limit will be automatically renewed.  Patrons also have the option to renew materials at the Circulation Desk, over the phone, through our online catalog, or at any self-checkout station in the Library.  Patrons must not have fines in excess of $9.99 in order for any material renewal to take place.

Audiobooks, board books, books, and magazines may be checked out on a vacation loan (42 days, no renewals).

Overdue Fines*

*A temporary structure of circulation policies has taken effect 10/1/2020.  Overdue fines are not assessed under this temporary structure.

Audiobooks $0.25 per day
Binge Box $1.00 per day
Board Games $2.00 per day
Board Books $1.00 per week
Book Box $1.00 per week
Books $1.00 per week
Devices $2.00 per day
DVDs/BluRays $1.00 per day
Hot Books $0.25 per day
Interlibrary Loan Materials $0.25 per day
Launchpads $2.00 per day
Magazines $0.10 per day
Magazines (Quick Flips) $0.25 per day
Music CDs $0.25 per day
Video Games $2.00 per day

Other Fees

3D Printing $0.25 per half hour
Computer Printout (black and white) $0.10 per page
Computer Printout (color) $0.50 per page
Fax (international) $2.00 per page
Fax (local) $1.00 per page
ILL (additional fees assessed by lending library) Per ILL request
ILL (searches outside of Illinois) Postage fee varies
Non-resident Card $210.00 as of 7/1/2020
Photocopies (black and white) $0.10 per page
Photocopies (color) $0.50 per page
Poster Printing (18″ x 24″) $20.00
Poster Printing (24″ x 36″) $40.00
Referral Fee to Collection Agency $10.00

Lost/Damaged Materials Fees

Lost or Damaged Material Replacement cost of item
Lost or Damaged Security Tag $2.00
Binge Box $3.00 for Box plus replacement cost of item
Book Box $3.00 for Box plus replacement cost of item