Holds & Interlibrary Loans

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How to Place Items on Hold

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How to Place Items on Hold

  • Call us at 847-234-0636 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 847-234-0636.

Placing "On-Shelf" Items on Hold

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.

Interlibrary Loans

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Reciprocal Borrowing

Lake Forest Library is part of a library consortium that shares materials between libraries. You can use your Lake Forest Library card at any of the CCS member libraries. Most libraries will require you to register your card with them if it is your first time visiting.

Algonquin Area Public Library District

Cary Area Public Library District

Crystal Lake Public Library

Des Plaines Public Library

Ela Area Public Library District

Evanston Public Library

Fox River Valley Public Library District

Fremont Public Library

Glencoe Public Library

Glenview Public Library

Grayslake Area Public Library District

Highland Park Public Library

Huntley Area Public Library District

Indian Trails Public Library District

Lake Villa District Library

Lincolnwood Public Library District

McHenry Public Library

Morton Grove Public Library

Niles-Maine District Library

Northbrook Public Library

Palatine Public Library District

Park Ridge Public Library

Prospect Heights Public Library District

Round Lake Area Public Library

Wilmette Public Library

Winnetka–Northfield Public Library District

Zion-Benton Public Library District

Interlibrary Loans

If no libraries in our consortium have the item you are looking for, we can request materials for you from libraries across the country.

Note that any borrowing fees required by lending libraries are passed on to the patron, but we will always alert you first so that you can decide if you would still like to borrow the item.

To request an interlibrary loan, please complete the form on this page.

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