Loan Periods, 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


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.

If a patron's fines and fees exceed $5.00, the patron's card will be blocked from use until the fines are paid.

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 plus a processing fee. 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.