Loan Periods, Card Limits, Fines and Fees

For our complete policy on loan periods, fines, and lost or damaged items, please see our Circulation Policy on our Library Policies page.

ItemLoan PeriodRenewal LimitOverdue Fine*

Books, CDs, AudioBooks, Magazines

3 weeks

3 times

10 cents per day

DVDs

1 week

3 times
(NEW DVDs cannot be renewed)

$1.00 per day

Please note: these loan periods apply to Mahomet Library items only. Loan periods for items borrowed from other libraries are set by those libraries.

Card Limits

  • Overall Borrowing Limits: Patrons may have up to 100 items checked out to a card at one time.

  • DVD Checkout Limits: Patrons may have up to 5 Mahomet Library DVDs checked out to a card at one time. 

  • Audiobooks on CD Checkout Limits: Patrons may have up to 20 Mahomet Library books on CD checked out to a card at one time. 

  • Music CD Checkout Limits: Patrons may have up to 20 Mahomet Library music CDs checked out to a card at one time. 

  • Item Request Limits: Patrons may have up to 50 requested items ("on hold") at one time.

  • Digital Title Limits: Limits on digital downloads are set according to the policies of the eResource consortia to which the library belongs. 

  • Fine and Fee Limits: If a patron's fines and fees exceed $5.00, the patron's card cannot be used to borrow physical or digital materials until the balance is reduced below that threshold. 

  • Overdue Item Limits: If a patron has more than 25 overdue items, the patron's card cannot be used to borrow physical or digital materials until the the number of overdue items is reduced below that threshold by returning or renewing them. Please note: once the items have been renewed or returned, the system will add overdue charges to the patron account. If the total charges exceed the fine and fee limits above, then the card will remain blocked until the the balance is reduced.

Renewing Materials

Most items can be renewed up to 3 times, unless another patron has requested the item. You can renew items by:

  • accessing your online account. (Please note: your password is the last four digits of your phone number unless you have changed it.)

  • calling the library at (217)586-2611.

  • visiting the library.

Lost or Damaged Items

If items checked out on your card are lost or damaged, you are responsible for the replacement cost. Unfortunately, we cannot accept replacement copies of lost or damaged items. 

Paying Fines and Fees

You can pay your fines and fees:

  • By check or cash at the library
  • By credit card at the library self check stations
  • By credit card online

To pay fines or fees online:

  1. Log into your account with your library card number and password. (Your password is the last four digits of your phone number unless you have changed it.)

  2. Choose Fines and Fees from the My Account menu.

  3. Select the fines and fees you wish to pay and click Pay Fees Now. The system will take you to a secure credit card processing site to complete the transaction.

  4. When finished, click Return to Account.