Borrowing Guidelines

Using Your Card

Log into your online account to:

  • Place items on hold
  • Renew items
  • View your checkouts and due dates
  • View your holds
  • Opt into saving your reading history

Your login is your library card number (ie. 22889000XXXXXX)

Your default PIN is the last four digits of your library card.

My Library Card Account

Reserving Items

Looking for a book and it’s not available at our library? You can reserve the item by placing a hold on it. Some new titles are in high demand and have long lists of patrons on hold.  You can place holds in person, by telephone, or online.  After notification, materials will be held for 6 days.

To reserve items online, log in to your library account with your library card number and PIN.

Reserved materials are available for self pick-up inside the library. They are filed alphabetically by your last name.

Renewing Items

You can renew items in person, by phone, or online. 

To renew by phone please call 708.301.7908

To renew items online, log in to your library account with your library card number and PIN.   You’ll see a list of checked out items. Choose the items you would like to renew and select renew. 

Please note: There are no renewals for items on request by other library users.

Loan Periods & Limits

Please note that items other patrons have on hold cannot be renewed, even if under the limit listed here. Borrowing guidelines for library materials include:

New Books

  • 2 week loan

Regular Books

  • 3 week loan
  • 1 renewal
  • 2 week loan

New Audiobooks

  • 2 week loan

Regular Audiobooks and CDs

  • 3 week loan
  • 1 renewal
  • 3 week loan
  • 2 week loan

Homer Township Library is Fine Free!

What is Fine Free?

“No fines” does not mean “no due dates.” Materials are expected to be returned on time. Reminders and overdue notices will still be sent out. If you don’t return an item, a lost item fee will appear on your account and checkout privileges will be suspended. If you lose materials or return items with damage, there will be a replacement cost. Wi-fi hotspots, inter-library loans, equipment, etc. are excluded from being fine-free.


Overdue Items

Library users will receive overdue notices at 7, 14, 21, and 30 days overdue. When an item is 44 days overdue, your account will be suspended and an invoice for the cost of the item will go out. This means no new checkouts until the overdue item is returned or paid for. Replacement fees for damaged/lost items are the responsibility of the library user.


Using Your Card at Other Libraries

If you use your library card at a neighboring library, Homer Library cardholders will be charged overdue fines according to that library’s overdue policies. Our fine-free program applies to materials owned and checked out by the Homer Library.

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