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Using the library

Library cards

Residents of Chicago Ridge who are at least 5 years old are eligible to apply for a library card.

Those under 18 years of age are required to come to the library with a parent or legal guardian in order to get a library card. The parent or legal guardian will sign the responsibility statement before the card is issued. Guardians must provide legal documentation proving they are a minor’s legal guardian.

Cards are issued for a period of 3 years and are renewable.

What do I need to do to get my library card?

Any person applying for a library card is required to show a valid photo ID and a current preprinted form of identification that has the applicants name and Chicago Ridge address as proof of residence. If your photo ID does not have your current Chicago Ridge address, please bring a second piece of mail.

Examples of photo IDs:

  • Driver’s License
  • State Identification Card
  • US Passport

Examples of preprinted forms of identification:

  • Mortgage or Lease
  • Phone or Utility Bill
  • Check Book
  • Bank Statement 
  • Voter’s Registration Card 
  • Insurance Card
  • Vehicle Registration 
  • Credit Card Statement 
  • Paycheck Stub

My card's expired! How do I renew it?

Your can renew your Chicago Ridge Public Library card in person at the Circulation Desk. You will need to show a photo ID and preprinted piece of mail with your Chicago Ridge address. All fines must be paid before your library card can be renewed. Chicago Ridge Public Library issues library cards for 3 years.

I lost my card! How do I replace it?

The replacement fee for a lost library card is $2.00. There is no charge if your library card has expired. Please report a missing library card to the library right away so that a stop can be placed on your card. A borrower is responsible for all items charged on their card.

Borrowing & fees

Library cards issued to residents of Chicago Ridge are honored by Illinois public libraries, including member libraries of the SWAN catalog. The Chicago Ridge Public Library honors library cards from other Illinois public libraries as well.

Loan periods (for materials from CRPL):

3 weeks:

  • Books, including Hot Copies
  • Audiobooks
  • eReaders
  • Audio Playaways
  • Puzzles
  • Board games
  • Cake pans

2 weeks:

  • Video games
  • Non-fiction and TV series DVDs and Blu-rays
  • Kits
  • Music CDs

1 week:

  • Hot Copy DVDs and Blu-rays
  • Feature film DVDs and Blu-rays
  • Playaway Video Players
  • Magazines

Loan limits:

  • Up to 10 CDs & audiobooks
  • Up to 10 DVDs & Blu-rays
  • Up to 5 video games
  • Up to 5 digital media items (ebooks, etc.)
  • Up to 100 total items

You must be 18 or older and use your own library card to check out DVDs & video games.

Fines & late fees:

$10.00 per day

  • Children's Museum in Oak Lawn passes

$1.00 per day

  • DVDs
  • Video games
  • Hot Copy books
  • eReaders
  • Laptops and Wi-Fi hotspots

10¢ per day

  • All other items

Lost or damaged items:

The Library may charge for replacement of missing, lost or damaged materials. The cost for repair or replacement of damaged or lost materials will include the cost of the item plus any processing and/or handling fees that may apply.

Chicago Ridge Library patron accounts with outstanding overdue fees/fines of over $25 are remitted to a collection agency by the RAILS Library System. A collection agency fee of $10 will be added to the patron's account.

Renew materials

All materials (except Hot Copy Books/DVDs and the Children's Museum in Oak Lawn passes) can be renewed if they have not been requested by another person. Renewable items checked out from the library will be renewed automatically until another patron places a hold on the item, or the maximum number of renewals has been reached.

How to renew materials online:

  1. From the SWAN catalog select My Account
  2. Enter your Library Card Number and PIN (Your default PIN is the last four digits of your primary phone number.)
  3. Click the CHECKOUTS tab to view the materials you have checked out.
  4. Select the materials you want to renew by checking the boxes to the left of Title/Author and then click the RENEW button. Click YES to confirm you want to renew the selected items.
  5. Look for the message "Checkout(s) successfully renewed" in green under title(s) selected. If an item cannot be renewed, a red message will appear under the title with the reason for the denial.

Pay fines online

Fines may be paid in person at any SWAN library by cash or check. Fines can be paid online using a credit card via the SWAN Catalog. A $0.50 Convenience Fee will be charged when paying online.

To pay fines online:

  1. From the SWAN Catalog select My Account
  2. Enter your library card number and PIN (Your default PIN is the last four digits of your primary phone number.)
  3. Click on the FINES tab. 
  4. Select the fines you want to pay. Click on "Pay Chicago Ridge Library via Credit Card."
  5. Choose payment type and enter the required information. Enter your email address and check the box if you would like an email receipt sent to you.

Holds & interlibrary loan services

You can request (hold) an item online via the SWAN catalog whether it is owned by the Chicago Ridge Public Library or by another library in the system.

If the item you are looking for is not available via the SWAN catalog, please ask a librarian. We may still be able to find the item for you and place an out-of-system interlibrary loan at your request.

Items loaned from libraries in Illinois are free of charge. Chicago Ridge cardholders will be charged $5.00 and non-residents $10.00 for items loaned from out-of-state libraries.

A maximum of 50 holds are allowed on a Chicago Ridge Library card at any one time. You can not place holds on our “Hot Copy” books and only Chicago Ridge cardholders can place holds on new DVDs.