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
Browse to the item in the Catalog
Click the "Place Hold" button
Enter your barcode number and password
(If you haven't changed your password, the default password is patron)
Select your Pickup Library and click the "Place Hold(s)" button
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.
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
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.