Holds & Interlibrary Loans

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How to Place Items on Hold

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How to Place Items on Hold

  • Call us at 847.234.0636 and we'll place a hold on it for you

  • Place the item on hold yourself by visiting My Account (directions follow)


Directions for placing holds online through My Account

  1. Browse to the item in the Catalog

  2. Click the "Place Hold" button

  3. Enter your barcode number and password
    (If you haven't changed your password, the default password is patron)

  4. Select your Pickup Library and click the "Place Hold(s)" button

  5. A window will appear, indicating that your hold was successfully placed. If you have any issues, please call us at 847.234.0636.

Note about Placing "On-Shelf" Items on Hold

Important: If an item is available on our shelves at Lake Forest, for faster service please call 847.234.0636 to place a hold.

Placing a hold online in the catalog does not mean your hold is immediately available for pickup at the Library.

For items that are not currently on our shelves, or that are coming from other libraries, we will let you know when the item is available for pickup.

Interlibrary Loans

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Reciprocal Borrowing

If you are considering visiting or using your Lake Forest Library card at a reciprocal library, we suggest you call the library ahead of time to verify their current hours and services.

Lake Forest Library is part of a library consortium that shares materials between libraries. You can use your Lake Forest Library card at any of the following libraries. Most libraries will require you to register your card with them if it is your first time visiting.

Algonquin Area Public Library

Cary Area Public Library

Crystal Lake Public Library

Des Plaines Public Library

Ela Area Public Library

Evanston Public Library

Fox River Valley Public Library

Fremont Public Library

Glencoe Public Library

Glenview Public Library

Grayslake Area Public Library

Highland Park Public Library

Huntley Area Public Library

Indian Trails Public Library

Lake Villa District Library

Lincolnwood Public Library

McHenry Public Library

Morton Grove Public Library

Niles-Maine District Library

Northbrook Public Library

Palatine Public Library

Park Ridge Public Library

Prospect Heights Public Library

Round Lake Area Public Library

Wilmette Public Library

Winnetka Public Library

Winnetka Public Library - Northfield Branch

Zion-Benton Public Library

Interlibrary Loans

At this time, out of an abundance of caution during the COVID-19 pandemic, Lake Forest Library is not fulfilling interlibrary loan requests. You may still make a request, and we will double check if the item is in the Lake Forest Library collection or consider purchasing it.

If no libraries in our consortium have the item you are looking for, we can request materials for you from libraries across the country.

Note that any borrowing fees required by lending libraries are passed on to the patron, but we will always alert you first so that you can decide if you would still like to borrow the item.

To request an interlibrary loan, please complete the form on this page.

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