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General Library Policies on

Loan Periods, Checkout Limit, and Fines

To know more about the availabilitiy, checkout lengths, and other details for these materials, please select one of the tabs below and click on the item about which you wish to learn.

Item Checkout limits per library card
  • Ten (10) DVDs or Blu-Ray items, two (2) of which may be Hot Titles
  • Four (4) Youth dept. video games
  • Four (4) Adult dept. video games
  • Five (5) interlibrary loan (ILL) requests or items
Items for Highland Park Public Library cardholders only
  • New Adult Audiobooks
  • Youth 21-Day New Books
  • New Adult CDs
  • Kill-A-Watt meters
  • Hot Picks books
  • Adult "Hot" DVDs and Blu-Rays—cardholder must be present to check out
  • Adult Video Games—cardholder must be present to check out
Non-CCS Reciprocal Patrons Checkout limits
  • Two (2) New YS Audiobooks
  • Twenty-five (25) items
  • Highwood Residents may check out STEM kits and Ukuleles at the Membership services desk only.

All checked-out items may be renewed once (including vacation loans), except for 28-Day items which may be renewed two (2) times. Renewal period is for the same period as the initial checkout. Items are now automatically renewed when applicable.

Items that cannot be renewed:

  • Items with holds
  • Hot Picks books
  • Hot DVDs and Blu-Rays
  • Curriculum materials
Vacation Loans

Up to six (6) weeks, limited to ten (10) items, and are renewable. Vacation loans are for items with 28-Day or 21-Day loan periods.

Interlibrary Loans

Up to five (5) items may be requested or received at one time. Fine rates on loans are $0.20 per day.


Must be 8 years old to check out a Nook. Nooks are available for checkout in the Youth Department. 


Reference materials do not circulate. Photocopies may be made in compliance with copyright laws.


Fines on adult items are $0.20 per day. Maximum fine is $10 per item.

If an item has been overdue for 45 days, it is assumed to have been lost and the cardholder will be charged the cost of the item and a $5 processing fee. These same fees apply if an item is returned with damage.

Fines may be paid in person or online with a credit card.