Returning Items & Fines

How to Return Items

You can return most Library materials to either of two locations:

The Library

All items except DVD2GO rentals

  • Circulation Desk (when the Library is open)

  • Drive-up book drops behind the building (any time)

  • Some items are marked with special return instructions such as "Please do not return this book in book drop." These items should be returned only to the Library Circulation Desk.

Metra's Milwaukee District North Line train station

Train Station webpage

Located on the west side of town

911 Telegraph Rd, Lake Forest

All items except those labeled with special return instructions

Drive-up book drop in the commuter parking lot

Books only

Return slot in the station wall near the front door

Books and A/V

DVD2GO kiosk

DVD2GO rentals only  

Overdue Fines

Item Fines/Day
Books & Audiobooks $0.10
Playaways $0.10
Music CDs $0.10
Great Courses CD/Audiobook $0.10
Children's Puzzle, Puppet, Toy $0.10
Launchpads $1.00
Video Games $1.00
Magazines $0.10
Hot Item $0.10
Rental Books for $1 $0.25
Feature Film $1.00
New Feature Film $1.00
New Non Fiction DVD $1.00
New DVD Series $1.00
Non Fiction DVD $1.00
DVD Series $1.00
Great Courses DVD $1.00
DVD2GO $1.00
Interlibrary loan from within CCS consortium Follows Lake Forest Library fine policy
Interlibrary loan from outside our library consortium $1.00


Damaged & Lost Item Fees

Lost or damaged magazines

  • $5 per issue

All other items (books, CDs, DVDs, etc.)

  • Cost listed in the library record

Replacing a lost library card

  • $2

Suspension of Borrowing Privileges

Borrowing privileges are suspended for individuals whose fines exceed $10 and for families whose fines exceed $20. Borrowing privileges are reinstated once fines are paid. Family members over 18 years of age are responsible for their own fines.

Rental Book Fees

Does the Library have a new book you can't wait to get your hands on? For $1/week, you can borrow one of our newest, most-wanted items. These items are on everybody's wish list, and as soon as they are returned, somebody is ready to check them out again. Renting the item for $1/week ensures you get access to it sooner than you would otherwise. The overdue fine for Rental Books is $0.25 per day.

Interlibrary Loan Fees

ILLs are materials borrowed from other libraries in our consortium and across the U.S.

If fees or special handling costs are charged by the lending library, these are passed along to the patron.

Paying Your Fines and Fees

The circulation desks accept cash for the payment of overdue fines and rental book checkout. It is also possible to pay overdue fines online in your library account using a credit card.

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