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Library Cards

Residents --  Residents living within the jurisdictional boundaries of the city of LaSalle and who pay library taxes are eligible to receive a LaSalle Public Library card at no cost.  Library cards are renewed every two years.

Non-residents --  In order to receive a LaSalle Public Library card, those living outside the city of LaSalle and not within the boundaries of another public library, may purchase a card at the rate of $55.00 per year.  Non-resident cards must be renewed and the non-resident fee paid on an annual basis.

Registration --  Adults wishing to register for a borrower’s card, renew an expired borrower’s card, or replace a lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed borrower’s card must bring with them one form of identification that is a photo i.d. and a piece of mail that includes their current address with a post-mark date or billing date within a month of library card registration.  These forms of identification include but are not limited to driver’s license, utility bills, mail, or voter’s registration card.  The borrower’s card will be sent to the patron via the U.S. Mail.

Children 12 and under must have a parent’s signature on any initial application for a library card. Children under the age of 16 may use the proof of residency provided by their parent.  Children 16 and over may choose to provide their own proof of residency, or use that of their parent.

Lost Cards  --  There is a $2.00 fee to replace lost, damaged, destroyed, or stolen library cards.

All patron records are kept strictly confidential per Illinois law.

Reciprocal Borrowing

As a resident card holder, the borrower identified on the valid LaSalle Public Library borrower's card may physically take his or her library card to another Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) public library or Illinois public library to borrow materials.  Those materials are the responsibility of the individual who borrows them, and are subject to all of the fines, rules and regulations of the lending library.  Reciprocal borrowing privileges may be limited at the lending library.

As a non-resident card holder, the borrower identified on the valid LaSalle Public Library borrower's card may  physically take his or her library card to another library participating in the non-resident program to borrow materials.  Those materials are the responsibility of the individual who borrows them, and are subject to all of the fines, rules and regulations of the lending library.  Reciprocal borrowing privileges may be limited at the lending library.

Checkout

Library card holders who have no overdue items or outstanding bills may checkout items from the circulating collection.  The standard checkout period for books and back issues of magazines are 2 weeks.  Videos and DVDs have a loan period of 7 days.  Current copies of magazines, genealogy and local history items, reference items and microfilm do not circulate.

Renewals

Items may be renewed 2 times as long as there are no holds for other patrons.  There are several ways to renew items.  You may:

- Stop by the library and ask staff to renew the items for you.

- Call the library at 223-2341 and ask staff to renew the items for you.  You will need the barcode information that is found on the first page of the book.

- Access you account through our online catalog PrairieCat.  Go to My Account. Click on Review My Account and enter your full 14-digit library card number and PIN. Click on List Charged Items. Click on Renew All or select the items to renew. Click Renew All Selected Items located at the bottom of the page. NOTE: Items that are overdue or have holds for another patron cannot be renewed online.

Fines and Fees

Items from the LaSalle Public Library collections that are overdue, except for Videos and DVDs,  are subject to a 10 cents per day overdue fine.  Overdue Videos and DVDs are subject to a $1.00 per day overdue fine.  Unwound videos are $1.00 each.  Patrons will be billed for the cost of the item  when an item is lost.  Patron privileges, including Internet access, will be suspended until all fines and bills are cleared.