Cards & Checkouts

Library Cards

Lincolnwood Residents

Lincolnwood residents can apply for library cards at the Circulation/Check Out Desk. Please bring a valid, state issued ID (Driver’s License or State ID with name, photo, and current address) or one photo ID and one document with name and current address. The signature of a parent or guardian is required for applicants under 16. 

Sign up for your library card.

Once we review your information and create your account, we will mail your card to your Lincolnwood address. 


Illinois Residents

Cardholders of libraries within Illinois can register their card for reciprocal borrowing privileges. Please bring your ‘home’ library card and valid state issued ID (Driver’s License or State ID with name, photo, and current address) or one photo ID and one document with name and current address to the Circulation Desk. Cards from libraries outside the Cooperative Computer Services (CCS) Consortium will need to be re-registered every two years.


Lincolnwood Corporate Cards

Corporate cards are available to businesses, institutions, religious organizations and similar organizations located in Lincolnwood. A card will be issued to the owner or manager (one card per organization) who is responsible for any fines or fees that may accrue. All items are available for checkout. These cards must be renewed annually.

Manage Your Account

You can place holds, renew items, and more with your online library account.

Log in to your Account 


Library Network

Lincolnwood Public Library is part of Cooperative Computer Services (CCS), a consortium of neighboring libraries that share an online catalog, user database, and other services. 


Loan Periods & Renewals

3 weeks with up to 2 automatic renewals if no other patron has a hold on the item

  • Audiobooks, Books, CDs, and Magazines
  • DVDs and Blu-rays
  • Video Games 

Only for Lincolnwood residents

  • Library of Things: 2 weeks with up to 1 renewal
  • Hot Picks: 2 weeks with no renewals  

Reciprocal borrowers from outside the RAILS (Reaching Across Illinois Library System) are allowed up to 15 items per card holder per visit.



If there are no holds on an item, it may renew automatically up to two times. To renew your items manually, go to My Account, by bringing items to the Circulation/Check Out Desk, or by calling the Library during regular business hours. Items in the Hot Picks collection cannot be renewed.


Fees & Fines

The Library does not charge fines, with the exception of Library of Things and Interlibrary Loan materials (outside the CCS consortium): $1 per day or any portion of a day up to $10. 

If the item becomes overdue, the library card associated with that item is temporarily frozen. If an item becomes long-overdue, a fee for the missing item is added to the library card account.

To pay your fines with a credit/debit card, log in to My Account, click the Fines tab, and enter the required information. Or you may pay in cash at the Circulation/Check Out Desk. 


Lost Materials

If you lose an item, you will be charged the cost of a replacement.


Lost or Stolen Card

Call the Circulation/Check Out Desk at (847) 677-5277 to report a lost or stolen card. 


Change of Address

If you move, please visit the Circulation/Check Out Desk at the Library to update your address and contact information.


U. S. Patriot Act Notice

The Lincolnwood Public Library makes every effort to protect your privacy by keeping your library records confidential. You should be aware, however, that under federal legislation commonly known as the U.S. Patriot Act (public law 107-56) law enforcement officials can require the library to provide information about your use of the library and library resources, including library computers. The act also prohibits the library from informing you that your library records have been requested and/or released. Questions and/or comments about the Act may be directed to your legislators.