Policies at Lincoln Library

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Circulation Policy

Library cards

  • Customers who reside in a permanent abode within the Corporate Limits of the City of Springfield receive a free library card for a 2 year period if proper proof of residency is provided.
  • Photo identification (a driver’s license, an Illinois state ID card, a passport, or military ID are acceptable) and 2 forms of current address which are machine generated and current within the last 60 days must be presented to apply for a library card.  (P.O. boxes are not accepted as proof of residency.)
  • A parent or guardian who does not have a blocked (free of charges) Lincoln Library account must consent and guaranty applications for youth ages 5 to 17. Note that some computer access is unfiltered.
  • Non-resident cards are issued for 1 year from the date of application and receipt of the application fee for a resident outside the corporate limits of the city of Springfield.
  • Non-resident cards are issued to only one property owner residing outside the corporate limits of the city of Springfield for a single taxable property for a 1 year period with proof of a tax assessment bill or deed.
  • Library cards entitle the holder to computer use; however the account must be clear of blocks. Computer use cards may be issued to non-qualifying persons and do not allow for borrowing privileges.
  • Library cards are not transferable. No one may use another customer’s card with the exception of picking up library material “On Hold.”
  • Photo identification may be used to check out materials in lieu of a valid library card.
  • Report and provide proof of any change of residential or email address upon the next library use.
  • Customer whose accounts have charges of $5 or less, 5 or fewer items overdue and no more than 1 lost Lincoln Library owned material valued under $50 are held in good standing.
  • All library cards must be free of fines/fees and overdue items before the card can be used for computer registration or renewed.
  • Materials returned late, in damaged condition or considered lost will be charged to the library card on which the items were checked out.
  • Report lost or stolen cards as soon as possible. Customers are responsible for material checked out to the library card.

Loan & Renewal

  • 2 weeks on items, except 7 days for video cassettes/DVD’s, CD-Rom’s or MP3’s.
  • 2 renewals per item; except for video cassettes/DVD’s, CD-ROMs, MP3’s (1 renewal); RPLS items if new due date is less than 30 days from original checkout date (1 renewal);vertical file, holds or interlibrary loan (0 renewal).
  • Renewal is allowed in person, by phone (753-4900 x5616), or via the web-page with a PIN.


  • 75 books, 20 periodicals, 10 vertical files, 10 audiobooks, 10 sound cassettes, 10 CDs, 5 kits, 2 CD-ROMs, 5 video cassettes/DVDs.


  • 25 cents per day per item, except for video cassettes/DVDs, computer software, or MP3 equipment ($1.00).
  • $5 per item maximum fine; except for video cassettes/DVDs, computer software, or MP3 equipment ($10), vertical files, paperbacks, periodicals, ($3).
  • No refunds or credits on fines.

Lost Materials

  • List price at the time of purchase.
  • Credits may be issued for Lincoln Library owned books if found within 365 days or audiovisual within 90 days and undamaged after payment.
  • Non-Lincoln Library items must be paid within 90 days from the due date. Credits or refunds will not be issued for paid and returned items.

Damaged Materials

  • Charges vary dependent upon the damage up to the list price of the material.

Collection Agency

  • Accounts with balances of $50 or more will be referred to a collection agency.
  • $10 additional collection fee.

Lost Library Card

  • $2.00 replacement fee

Full Circulation Services Policy (Effective January 1, 2010)


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