Arcola Public Library District

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Your Library Card

Getting a card, renewing materials, placing holds, etc.

Who can get a card

Anyone who pays taxes to the Arcola Carnegie Public Library District is eligible for a card. To verify that you live within the taxing district, you may check your residential tax form or call the county tax assessor's office. You must also have a valid driver's license, identification card or other photo identification card. If the address is not current, you must present something that shows proof of current residency such as mail or a current utility bill.

Non-residence fees

If you live in an area that does not have a library taxing district, you may purchase a non-resident card good for one year. Non-residence card fees are based on a fee which is comparable to the average amount paid in taxes by residents of the library's taxing district. Non-residents who own property in the library's taxing district will be issued a free one year card upon presentation of a current tax receipt for the property owned. Everyone must show proof of residence upon applying for a card.

 How to Get Your Card

To apply for a card you must meet the above requirements and fill out a simple registration form. Children in Kindergarten to age 18 must have a guardian's signature on the application for the card. The application must be completed by the adult at the library. Cards are issued for a period of three years and card holders agree to pay fines promptly and not to lend their cards. There is a fee of $1.00 to replace damaged, destroyed or lost or stolen library cards.
Borrowing Limits

Books, audio books and magazines check out for three weeks and a late fee of $.10 per day per item will be charged for these items after the due date.

Video cassettes and DVD's are limited to two items per library card and may be checked out for a period of one week. A late fee of $1.00 per day will be charged for these items after the due date. 

Requesting Items and Placing Holds

The staff is happy to request items and place holds for you for you in person or by phone or you may request them yourself from any computer through the online catalog shared by libraries in the Heartland Library System. You will be asked for your library card bar code and your pin number which is the last four digits of your telephone number. 

Renewing Your Borrowed Items

Items may be renewed in person or by phone if there is no one waiting for that item. You may also renew online using your library card and pin numbers

Lost or Damaged Items

Patrons will be charged the cost of replacement for lost or damaged items. If lost items are returned after being paid for the full amount will be refunded.