Suspension of Borrowing Privileges
Lake Forest Library is fine-free on most materials (excluding Takeout Tech items). Each item still has a due date and cardholders are responsible for honoring the due date.
If an item is more than 14 days overdue after all renewals are exhausted, your library card is restricted and you will not be able to check out any more items. Once the item is returned, the restriction is removed.
Your library card will also be restricted if:
- Your account has accumulated fees and charges in excess of $10
- You have a lost item on your account
- Your account is associated with an account that is restricted
For more information, please see the Library's complete Borrowing Policy.
Details on Potential Fees
If you accrue fees on your account, you can pay in cash at the Library circulation desks or online with a credit card by signing in to My Account.
Overdue Fines: The Library does not charge overdue fines, except on the Takeout Tech collection. The overdue fine for Takeout Tech items is $2.00/day.
Damaged & Lost Item Fees: The Library charges patrons who damage or lose borrowed items the cost of the item listed in the library record.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Fees: ILLs are materials borrowed from other libraries in our network and from libraries across the country.If fees or special handling costs are charged by the lending library, these are passed along to the patron.If you lose or damage an item borrowed from another library, the replacement fee is determined by the lending library's policy.
All items are due back by midnight of the due date.
|Item||Loan Period||Renewals||Holdable||Checkout Limits||Fines/Day|
|Books & Audiobooks||21 Days||2||Yes||None||—|
|Most Wanted items||7 Days||1||No||None||—|
|Hot Items||21 Days||1||Yes, for Lake Forest residents||None||—|
|Audiobooks & Playaways||21 Days||2||Yes||None||—|
|NEW Feature Film DVDs||7 Days||0||Yes, for Lake Forest residents||None||—|
|Feature Film DVDs||7 Days||2||Yes||None||—|
|NEW DVD Series||14 Days||0||Yes, for Lake Forest residents||None||—|
|DVD Series||14 Days||2||Yes||None||—|
|DVD2GO movies||3 Days||0||Can be reserved up to 12 hours prior to pickup||20||—|
|NEW Nonfiction DVDs||14 Days||0||Yes, for Lake Forest residents||None||—|
|Nonfiction DVDs||14 Days||2||Yes||None||—|
|Great Courses DVDs and CDs||21 Days||2||Yes||None||—|
|NEW Video Games (excluding Nintendo Switch)||21 Days||1||Yes, for Lake Forest residents||None||—|
|Video Games (excluding Nintendo Switch)||21 Days||1||Yes||None||—|
|NEW Nintendo Switch video games||21 Days||1||Yes, for Lake Forest residents||None||—|
|Nintendo Switch video games||21 Days||1||Yes, for Lake Forest residents||None||—|
|Music CDs||21 Days||2||Yes||None||—|
|Magazines||14 Days||0||Yes, for Lake Forest residents||None||—|
|Takeout Tech items||14 Days||1||Yes, for Lake Forest residents||1 per type, 3 total||$2.00|
|NEW Children's DVDs||14 Days||2||Yes, for Lake Forest residents||None||—|
|Children's DVDs||14 Days||2||Yes||None||—|
|Launchpads and Views||21 Days||0||Yes, for Lake Forest residents||None||—|
|Exploration Kits||21 Days||0||Yes, for Lake Forest residents||None||—|
|Children's Puzzles, Puppets, Toys||21 Days||2||Yes, for Lake Forest residents||None||—|
|Golden Tote Bags||21 days||3||No||None||—|
|Item||Loan Period, Renewals, Holdable, Checkout Limits||Fines/Day|
|Interlibrary Loan from within CCS Consortium||Follows Lake Forest Library policy|
|Interlibrary Loan from outside our Library Consortium||Follows Lake Forest Library policy||$1.00|
You Can't Renew
- Items that another patron has placed on hold
- Items that have reached their renewal limit
- New movies, New TV series, and all DVD2GO movies
- Takeout Tech items
- Launchpads and Views
- Exploration Kits
It may be possible to renew an item that is overdue. Please refer to the "Manual Renewals" section on this page.
To manually renew items, you can either:
- Call us at 847.234.0636 and we will try to renew it for you
- Try to renew the item yourself by visiting My Account
To renew online through My Account:
- Sign in to My Account
- Tap the Checkouts tab
- Select the item(s) you would like to renew
- Tap the Renew button
- Tap the Yes button to confirm your renewal
At the Library
All items except DVD2GO movies can be returned at Lake Forest Library, 360 E Deerpath Rd, Lake Forest.
|Drive-up Book Drops||Main Circulation Desk||Children's Circulation Desk|
|Location||Behind the building||In the Rotunda on the Main Level||Downstairs|
|Available||24/7||When the Library is open||When the Library is open|
|Accepts||All items except DVD2GO movies and items with special return instructions (such as oversize books, Takeout Tech items, and Booksy Book Boxes)||All items except DVD2GO movies||All items except DVD2GO movies|
At the West Train Station
All DVD2GO movies and most other Lake Forest Library items can be returned at Metra's Milwaukee District North Line train station, 911 Telegraph Rd, Lake Forest.
|Drive-up Book Drop||Return slots||DVD2GO machine|
|Location||In the commuter parking lot||In the station wall near the front door||In the station lobby|
|Available||24/7||24/7||When the train station is open|
|Accepts||Only books||All items except DVD2GO movies and items with special return instructions (such as oversize books, Takeout Tech items, and Booksy Book Boxes)||Only DVD2GO movies|