We are glad to be a fine free library!
How Does Fine Free Work?
Materials still have due dates, and patrons receive notices when items are due.
- A reminder notice is sent three days before due date.
- Patrons accounts are blocked from use when an item is 14 days overdue.
- Patrons are billed for items that are lost or damaged when 28 days overdue.
Not every SHARE library is fine-free
Items checked out by a CAPLD patron will not be charged a fine, no matter what Illinois library they are at. However, if a non-CAPLD patron's home library charges fines the fines will carry over to the non-fine libraries' materials.
Can I return any overdue items?
Yes, please return any items that are overdue, and we will clear your account.
What about lost books or other material fees?
Fees for lost or damaged items or other equipment fees are still charged and must be paid.
How often will an item be renewed?
If there are no holds on an item, most CAPLD materials can be renewed three times. Non-CAPLD items are renewable based upon the owning library's policies.
What happens if I don’t return the material?
If items are not returned, patrons' accounts will be billed a replacement cost at 28 days overdue.
Do I have to pay fines if I return the item late?
No fines are charged. If the item is returned within 90 days of the due date, charges are removed from the account and the card is no longer blocked.
Without fines, how can you be sure the material will get returned?
Our objective is always to get material back so it is available for someone else to check out. We believe most people want to return their items on time, but sometimes that isn’t possible. Therefore, everyone receives a reminder when items are overdue.
Schedule of Loan Periods and Restrictions
|Material||Loan Period (Days)||Renewals||Holds||Resident Limit||Reciprocal Borrower Limit|
|14||3||Yes||100||100 (on shelf only)|
|Puzzles||60||3||No||100||100 (on shelf only)|
|Movies||14||3||Yes||100||100 (on shelf only)|
|CDs and Books on CDs||14||3||Yes||100||100 (on shelf only)|
|Laptop*||14||1||Yes||1||In Library Use Only|
|Sewing Machine||42||0||Yes||1||In Library Use Only|
|Book Club Kits/Caring for the Caregiver Kits||42||1||Yes||No Limit||1|
|Equipment and Kits||14||1||Yes||No Limit||varies|
Non-SHARE reciprocal borrowers may not place holds on items nor borrow ebooks, or equipment.
Loan periods for ebooks, digital audiobooks, and other subscription resources are set by the vendor.
* Available only for CAPLD patrons who have had their card for more than 30 days.
To find a listing of SHARE member libraries, see https://share.illinoisheartland.org/connect/member-libraries.
An email reminder is sent three days before the due date. To provide or change your email log into My Account, or contact 217-483-2713.
Items that cannot be renewed:
- Non-SHARE Interlibrary Loans
- Items that are on hold for another patron
- Ebooks and Downloads
Be aware and regularly check your online account.
Questions about Renewing an Item:
- Visit us in person
- Call us during open hours: 217-483-2713
Please see our Circulation and Lending Policies for more information.