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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.

Due Dates & Renewals

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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

Autorenewals

Many items will attempt to automatically renew up to 2 times, so you can keep your borrowed materials longer.

If you have email or text notifications enabled, you will receive a message letting you know which items autorenewed and their new due dates.

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
  • Magazines
  • 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.

Manual Renewals

To manually renew items, you can either:

To renew online through My Account:

  1. Sign in to My Account
  2. Tap the Checkouts tab
  3. Select the item(s) you would like to renew
  4. Tap the Renew button
  5. Tap the Yes button to confirm your renewal

Returning Items

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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