Most library materials are loaned for three weeks. All current library cardholders may have a maximum of 30 items on a current account. This includes items checked out, holds and/or interlibrary loan requests.
|Material Type||Item Limit||Loan Period||Overdue Fine
|Maximum Overdue Fine|
|Books||30||3 weeks||20 cents/day||$10|
|CDs, cassettes, LPs, digital players||6||3 weeks||20 cents/day||$10|
|Videos and DVDs||6||1 week||$2/day||$20|
|Museum Passports (adult residents only)||1||1 week||$2/day||$20|
|Interlibrary loan (CDs, cassettes, DVDs)||6||Varies||Varies||Varies|
|Interlibrary loan (total requests)||9||Varies||Varies||Varies|
Renewing Library Materials
Returning Library Materials
Most materials checked out from any Chicago Public Library location may be returned to any Chicago Public Library location in person or through a bookdrop. Museum Passports must be returned to the place of issue. Late materials will accrue fines.
Fines are charged only if materials are returned late. Failure to pay fines/fees will result in the borrower’s account being blocked and library services restricted. The Library accepts payments in the form of personal check, money order, traveler’s check (all over $5 with proper identification) and cash in any amount. CPL also accepts checks drawn against other banks outside Illinois with proper identification.