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Renewals, Loan Periods & Fines

Renewals are Automatic

Eligible OLPL items will be renewed automatically up to two times. Items are ineligible for renewal if they have holds on them, have been renewed twice already, or the patron’s card is no longer in good standing. If you have an email address listed on your account, you’ll receive a notice two days before an item’s due date informing you whether the item was renewed. To sign-up for email notifications, visit or call the Library’s Customer Services Department. Check due dates for all items using the “My Account” tab in the online catalog or on the SWAN Library Services app.

Grace Period

We have a three-day grace period for overdue OLPL items where you won’t be charged the overdue fee. Be mindful, though, that fines are accruing, and on the fourth day, you will be charged for four days’ worth of fees.

Damaged & Lost Items

If you return a damaged item to the Library or have lost a Library item, you will be charged the price of the item listed in the catalog, plus a $5.00 processing fee. (This can get expensive, so be careful!)

Blocked Cards

Use of a patron’s card will be blocked if that card has accrued $5.00 in fees. These fees can be paid at the Customer Services Desk via cash, check, or credit card. You can also pay online through your account on the Library’s catalog. Payment cannot be processed over the phone. Contact the Customer Services Department if you have questions about your library card’s balance.

Holds & Interlibrary Loan

Patrons can reserve items to be held at the library for up to 7 days. To request an item, call, use the online catalog, or ask a librarian in person when you visit. You will be placed in a queue to receive the requested material from OLPL or another SWAN library. You will receive a notice via phone or email when the item becomes available for you, and you will have 7 days to pick it up before the hold expires and you are removed from the list. If you miss a hold pickup deadline, you will have to re-request the item to be placed back in the queue.

Not finding what you need in the SWAN catalog?

Ask a librarian about requesting materials from out-of-system. We will do our best to locate any items and acquire them for you from libraries across the nation. Direct any questions about the ILL process to Meghan Moran, Interlibrary Loan Coordinator (708-422-4990, ext. 630; mmoran@olpl.org).

Checkout Limits & Fines

Information here is for materials checked out at Oak Lawn Public Library. Materials checked out at other SWAN libraries are subject to those libraries’ loan rules. Patrons may check out up to 200 physical items at a time. Some items are allowed a limited number of checkouts per card at one time.

Note: Checkout times, limits, and late fines for Out-of-System Interlibrary Loan materials are contingent on the item type. Out-of-System Interlibrary Loan Materials are not eligible for automatic renewal. Call or email Meghan Moran, Interlibrary Loan Coordinator, to inquire about ILL renewals. (708-422-4990, ext. 630; mmoran@olpl.org)

ITEM TYPE CHECKOUT LIMIT CHECKOUT PERIOD RENEWALS ALLOWED? LATE FINE
BEYOND BOOKS 2 3 WEEKS NO .10
CDS 20 2 WEEKS YES .10
DVDS / BLU-RAYS 10 2 WEEKS YES 1.00
MP3 PLAYAWAYS 3 2 WEEKS YES 1.00
VIDEO GAMES 2 2 WEEKS NO 1.00
WI-FI HOTSPOTS 1 VARIES YES 1.00