The Library's Patron Services Department is always available to answer any questions you may have about your library card, what you have checked out, or if we have a particular title on shelf. We provide interlibrary loans and reserve material on request.

You can now check your card online to see what you have checked out and when it is due. You are also able to renew material and pay fines (see below) from home. Call the Patron Services Desk for more information.

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Fines, Fees & Charges

Overdue fines for material borrowed from other libraries, even through interlibrary loan, will be based on owning library rates. Overdue fines for all materials regardless of origin will never exceed the cost of the item.

Damaged or Lost Material

for broken cases for all audio-visual material

processing fee for all lost or damaged material. To prevent damage to our oversized books we do charge 5$ for any oversized item returned in our bookdrop

Restriction of Services

Patrons can no longer check out materials or access the internet when fines exceed $5
Riverside Public Library cards will be issued to Riverside residents who provide proof of identity and eligibility. There is no minimum age for obtaining a card. However, the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required for all new applicants under the age of 18.

The library will not issue cards or provide services to patrons who are known to have outstanding fines or other obligations at any library in Illinois.

Adults are responsible for their own cards as well as those of any minor children they have signed for and for all material borrowed with these cards.

Patrons should report lost or stolen cards immediately. Materials checked out on a card up to the time it is reported lost or stolen are the responsibility of the card holder. Patrons should also notify the library of any change in address, name, telephone number or email address.

Library privileges will not be renewed for any card holder who has unpaid fines or charges. Parents or guardians are responsible for any fines or charges on cards issued to their minor children.

The library reserves the right to revoke or restrict the use of a patron's card if borrowing privileges or library policies are abused.

How to Apply

Simply provide proof of residency with a current Illinois Driver's License, utility bill, bank statement, lease or tax bill and proof of identity with photo ID (License or State ID). Fill out a registration form providing one reference, valid phone number and email if available.

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The Riverside Public Library maintains a varied collection for circulation and encourages its patrons to make use of this collection. Loan periods are established for the convenience of our patrons and allow a fair opportunity for the circulation of newly acquired materials.

- Two renewals for all items unless indicated otherwise
- Non-resident limits may be different
Books, Audio Books, CDs, CD-ROMs, Magazines, Pamphlets, Kits (puppets, puzzles, book & audio sets) & Newspapers

Unlimited items for residents unless specified. No renewals for holiday items

        -3 weeks, except new adult books and holiday items
        -2 weeks for new adult books
        -1 week for marked holiday books & CDs (limit 5)

¢ per day if overdue
Movies (DVD/VHS) & Video Games (Xbox, Playstation & Wii)

Limit of 15 Movies and 2 Video Games for residents.

        -1 week for fiction movies & video games
        -2 weeks for non-fiction or multi-disk (3+) DVD sets

per day if overdue
DVD Players

Limit 1 per card for residents 18+ years old. No renewals. Eligible for 2 week vacation loan at checkout (inquire at the Patron Services Desk).

        -1 week

per day if overdue
E-Readers (Kindle, Nook & Sony eBook)

Limit 1 per card for residents 18+ years old.

        -2 weeks

per day if overdue. Inquire at Information Services Desk for more info.
What's E-Pay?

Fines can be paid online via the Illinois Funds E-Pay site. This service is being offered through the State Treasurer's Office. Master Card, American Express and E-checks will be accepted. Patrons using this option of payment will incur a small fee to use the service (charged by the credit card vendor) but will be informed about the additional charges before they accept the transmittals. Since patrons are responsible for entering all of their own information into the computer, the process will be secure. If you have any questions concerning the program, contact Jackie Aumann at the Library.

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