Due Dates, Renewals, & Holds

Placing Holds on "On Shelf" Items

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.

To Place an Item on Hold, You Can Either:

  • Call us at 847.810.4610 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 847.810.4610.

Loan Periods & Due Dates

All items are due back by midnight of the due date.

Item Loan Period Renewals Holdable Checkout Limits Fines/Day
Books & Audiobooks 21 Days 2 Yes None $0.10
Playaways 21 Days 2 Yes None $0.10
Music CDs 21 Days 2 Yes None $0.10
Great Courses CD/Audiobook 21 Days 2 Yes None $0.10
Children's Puzzle, Puppet, Toy 21 Days 2 Yes, for Lake Forest Residents None $0.10
Launchpads 21 Days 0 Yes, for Lake Forest Residents None $1.00
New Video Games 21 Days 0 Yes, for Lake Forest Residents None $1.00
Video Games 21 Days 0 Yes None $1.00
GoPro Kits 21 Days 0 Yes, for Lake Forest Residents One $10.00
Magazines 14 Days 0 Yes, for Lake Forest Residents None $0.10
Hot Item 21 Days 1 Yes, for Lake Forest Residents None $0.10
Most Wanted 7 Days 1 No None $0.25
New Feature Film DVD 3 Days 0 Yes, for Lake Forest Residents None $1.00
Feature Film DVD 3 Days 2 Yes None $1.00
New Non Fiction DVD 14 Days 0 Yes, for Lake Forest Residents None $1.00
Non Fiction DVD 14 Days 0 Yes None $1.00
New DVD Series 14 Days 0 Yes, for Lake Forest Residents None $1.00
DVD Series 14 Days 2 Yes None $1.00
Great Courses DVD 14 Days 2 Yes None $1.00
DVD2GO 3 Days 0 Can be reserved up to 12 hours prior to pickup 20 $1.00
Item Loan Period, Renewals, Holdable, Checkout Limits Fines/Day
Interlibrary Loan from within CCS Consortium Follows Lake Forest Library policy
Interlibrary Loan from outside our Library Consortium Follows Lake Forest Library policy $1.00

What's my password?

If you haven't changed the password for yourlibrary account, the default password is (in all caps):

patron

If you got your Library card after April 2018, your default password may be the last 4 digits of your phone number.

For help signing into your library account, call 847.234.0636.

Renewing Items

It's possible to renew items, with just a few exceptions. You can't renew:

  • Movies that have been in the Library collection fewer than two months,
  • Launchpads or video games,
  • If there are holds on an item, or
  • if the renewal limit has been reached.

It is possible to renew an item that is overdue; the renewal won't cancel the overdue fine, but it will keep the fine from growing.

To Renew an Item, You Can Either:

  • Call us at 847.810.4610 and we'll renew it for you

  • Renew the item yourself by visiting My Account (directions follow)


Directions for renewing online through My Account

  1. Go to My Account.

  2. Enter your barcode number and password
    (If you haven't changed your password, it’s most likely PATRON, or the last 4 digits of the phone number on your account.)

  3. Click the Checkouts tab

  4. Select the item(s) you would like to renew

  5. Click the Renew button

  6. Click the Yes button to confirm your renewal. If you have any issues, please call us at 847.810.4610.