Borrowing Information

Material Loan Periods

  • Books: 3 weeks exceptions noted below
  • Audiobooks: 3 weeks
  • Music CDs: 3 weeks
  • Children's Holiday Books & DVDs (in season): 1 week
  • Interlibrary Loan (fee varies): Varies
  • Kits-book/cassette or CD: 3 weeks
  • Lyric Opera materials (in season): 1 week
  • Magazines: 1 week
  • Nooks: 3 weeks
  • Playaways: 3 weeks
  • Records: 3 weeks
  • Hot Picks: 3 weeks
  • DVDs (Children's Room): 3 weeks
  • Feature DVDs/Blu-rays: (NEW/those shelved in the lobby) will be checked out for one week (no renewals) at no charge. Limit 5 per library card.
  • Feature DVDs/Blu-rays (OLDER/those NOT shelved in the lobby) will be checked out for for 3 weeks (renewals ok)
  • Feature DVDs obtained from other libraries through interlibrary loan: 1 week
  • DVDs/Blu-rays (non feature films): 3 weeks
  • Video Games: 3 week
  • iPads: 2 weeks
  • Laptops (in-library use only): 3 hours

Renewing Items

You can renew items in person, by telephone (847-256-6947), or through My Account in our online catalog. If an item is renewable, it will automatically be renewed. Most renewable items can be renewed up to four times. You will receive notification of renewal three days before an item's due date.


You can receive notifications about upcoming due dates, overdue items, and availability of reserved titles in a variety of ways: e-mail, text message, phone call, or by mail. These preferences are set when you get a library card. Should you wish to change them later:

  • Visit the My Account section of our online catalog.
  • Sign in using your library card number and password.
  • Select My Account.
  • Select My Record.
  • Select Contact Information and Preferences to change your notification preferences.
  • Select the Submit Change Request button.

If you have any questions, please contact our Circulation department at 847-256-6947.

Remote Book Drops

You may also return most items (Do not return Library of Things items at the remote book drops) to the remote books drops located at:

  • Linden CTA Purple Line Station, 4th and Linden Ave.
  • Plaza del Lago, 1515 Sheridan Rd.
  • Community Recreation Center, 3000 Glenview Rd.


Daily overdue fines are .10 per item. Exceptions include feature film DVDs or Blu-ray ($1.00 per day), Nooks and Video games ($1.00 per day), and iPads ($1.00 per day). Maximum fines are typically half of the replacement cost. Lost items usually require the full replacement cost. Fines for out-of-system interlibrary loans may vary.

Blocked Status

Reasons you may have blocked status on your card include:

  • 40 or more overdue items.
  • Overdue items have created a fine of $10 or more.

Note that blocked status prevents your library card number from authenticating with our digital services: you will not be able to access your e-books or other databases until the blocked status has been removed. Additionally, you will not be able to renew your items until your blocked status has been removed.

Any questions about your library card status should be directed to our Circulation department, 847-256-6947.

Reciprocal Borrowing Privileges 

If you retain a library card from a non-CCS library (e.g. Chicago, Arlington Heights, Skokie), you will be asked to present your current library card and 2 forms of identification (which display your address) in order to be added to the computer system and borrow items from Wilmette Public Library.

Non-Resident Cards

In 2006, the Library Board decided that the library…” will issue non-resident cards to homeowners and renters in (1) villages or unincorporated areas that do not have tax supported library service or (2) villages or unincorporated areas that have tax supported library service but wish to enjoy full service from WPL. A person residing outside of the public library service area must apply for a non-resident library card at the public library closest to the person’s principal residence.” A copy of the individual's current tax bill is needed to calculate the fee for a non-resident card.


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