Policies - Circulation Policies

Library Card

  1. Library cards for use in borrowing library materials and for other library services are granted free of charge to library district residents.
  2. Adult library cards are granted to those age 16 and over. A parent’s permission signature and proof of address will be required of those under age 18 who are unable to provide proof of address in their own name as required in item 4 below.
  3. Juvenile library cards may be applied for by children able to print their first and last names. A parent’s permission signature will be required on library card applications through age 15. The parent signing must provide a proof of address as required in item 4 below.
  4. For purposes of identification and address verification, the library card applicant must present:
    1. A State of Illinois Drivers License with current address or State of Illinois ID card with current address (a ticket in lieu of a drivers license will NOT be accepted)
    2. An alternative picture ID card and an additional current proof of address. Acceptable proofs of address include the following:
      1. Ticket in lieu of license
      2. Printed checks or bank statement
      3. Voter’s registration card
      4. Insurance policy or ID Card
      5. Property tax bill
      6. Automobile Registration
      7. Utility Bill
      8. Formal lease or rental agreement (not hand written)
      9. Firearm owners ID (FOID) card
      10. Alien residency card
    3. Library card applicants must pay all fines, fees and charges that may be due before library cards are issued. The library may also delay issuance of library cards until fines or charges due at other libraries are paid. Other than routine overdue fines, all fines and other charges owed at other libraries must be paid at those libraries.
    4. On approval of library card application, applicants are granted immediate use of the library. Actual issuance of library cards may be immediate or may be delayed by one business day.
    5. Original library cards are issued to residents free of charge; a fee of $2.00 is charged for the replacement of lost, stolen, or destroyed cards.
    6. Resident library cards are issued for a period of three years, after which the patron must show proof of address for library card renewal.


    The Fox Lake District Library serves most of Grant Township, Illinois, with a total service population of 25,284 people (2010 census) in Fox Lake, Ingleside and portions of Lakemoor, Round Lake, Spring Grove, Volo and also small portions of Antioch and Burton Townships.

    Loan Periods and Fines

    Following are the loan periods for circulating materials at the Fox Lake District Library:

    New Adult Fiction Books (400 pages and under) 7 days $.10 per day Unlimited
    Books and New Adult Fiction Books (over 400 pages) 2 weeks $.10 per day Unlimited
    Fiction DVDs* 3 days $1.00 per day See note below
    Nonfiction/TV/B Adult DVDs * 2 weeks $1.00 per day See note below
    Nonfiction Juvenile DVDs * 2 weeks $1.00 per day See note below
    Audio books on CD * 2 weeks $.10 per day 10 audio books per card
    Compact discs * 2 weeks $.10 per day 10 CDs per card
    Magazines* 2 weeks $.10 per day 10 Magazines per card
    Interlibrary Loan * Varies $.10 per day  

    *Patrons may borrow an unlimited number of materials from the library, with the following per card limits:

    • DVDs are limited to 5 non-fiction and 5 fiction items per card
    • 10 Audio books on CD
    • 10 Magazines
    • 5 Interlibrary loans in process at one time

    All materials except DVDs can be renewed. Materials with holds cannot be renewed.