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  • Loan Periods
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GETTING A LIBRARY CARD

Everyone is welcome to use the library, but if you want to take materials home you must get a library card. When a child can print his/her first name -- and is at least 5 years old -- s/he can apply for a library card. You may fill out an application at the Checkout Desk.

If you live within the legal city limits of Danville:

  • Bring 2 forms of ID with your name and current street address.
  • If you are a child, bring your parent or guardian.
  • Fill out an application card and supply the name of a person at an address other than your own (and not a long distance call).
  • Your new Library Card is valid at the Danville Public Library. You may also use your card at the other public libraries of the Illinois Heartland Library System.

If you live outside Danville, but own property within Danville's legal city limits:

  • Bring your most recent property tax bill receipt for the parcel you own in Danville..
  • Bring 2 forms of identification with your name and current home address.
  • Fill out an application card and supply the name of a person at an address other than your own (and not a long distance call).

If you live outside Danville and don't own property within Danville's city limits:

State law requires the Library to charge a non-resident fee that is at least comparable to the average property tax support the Library receives from its residents.

  • You will have to pay a $128 household fee per year.
  • Bring 2 forms of identification with your name and current street address.
  • Fill out an application card.

LOAN PERIODS AND LIMITS

The Danville Public Library has established loan periods and limits  for various types of materials in the collection in order to ensure that library materials receive the maximum use by the community. Patrons may borrow a total of twenty-five (25) items at any one time.   Materials borrowed from other libraries shall follow the rules established by the lending institution.

  • Adult Services
    • High Demand Books  may be checked out for 7 days.  A maximum of seven 7-day books per person may be checked out at one time.  They may not be renewed.  Such titles are shelved as 7-day books for approximately 3-6 months after purchase by the library or until the demand subsides.  After that time, they may circulate for two weeks.
    • Regular Fiction and Non-Fiction Books may be checked out for two weeks.  They may be renewed  if there is no reserve request for the titles.
    • Magazines
      • A maximum of three unbound magazines may be checked out per person for one week.  They may not be renewed.
      • The most current issue of a magazine may be checked out overnight only.  It must be checked out no earlier than one hour before closing and must be returned by 10:00 a.m. the following morning.  A maximum of three magazines may be checked out at one time per person.  They may not be renewed.
  • Audiovisual Materials
    • DVDs, Blu-rays, and Videocassettes: A limit of 5 titles (in any combination) may be checked out per person.  Feature films may be checked out for two days.  Nonfiction programs may be checked out for seven days. 
    • Music CDs: A maximum of 5 titles may be checked out for two weeks. 
    • Audiobooks: A limit of 5 CD or 5 audiocassette titles (in any combination) may be borrowed for two weeks.  A limit of two Playaway titles may be borrowed for two weeks.
  • Reference and Archives Materials
    • Materials in the Reference Department and the Archives Department may not be checked out.
  • Children's Services
    • Books may be checked out for 2 weeks.  They may be renewed if there is no reserve request for the titles.
    • Materials in the reference collection may not be checked out.
    • Children’s audiovisual materials, including cassettes, compact discs, kits, records, selected puzzles and selected computer software may be checked out for two weeks.  They may renewed if there is no reserve request for the titles.  Computer software may be loaned in accordance with copyright laws.    
    • Special loan privileges may be extended to patrons who work with children, i.e. teachers, home schoolers, etc.  This patron must be responsible for paying for overdue, lost, and/or damaged materials borrowed in accordance with library rules and regulations.
  • Outreach Services
    • Talking Books and other materials loaned to homebound patrons, residents of  nursing homes and senior citizen apartment complexes, patients of Provena United Samaritans Medical Center,  and other patrons served by the Outreach Department have a loan period of 2 or 3 weeks, depending upon the schedule of library visits to those patrons.  They may be renewed if there is no reserve request for the titles.
    • Materials loaned to preschools and day care centers have a loan period of two (2) weeks depending upon the schedule of library visits to those patrons.  They may be renewed if there is not reserve request for the titles.  The teacher is responsible for paying for lost and/or damaged materials borrowed in accordance with library rules and regulations.
    • Magnifiers loaned to Danville Outreach patrons living in their own residence will have a loan period of 180 days with the option for renewals, pending follow-up evaluations provided by the Library.

 RENEW ITEMS

Most library material may be renewed.  Exceptions include items which are On Hold for another patron; items which have already been renewed the maximum number of times; and certain types of material, such as some audiovisual items.

Items may be renewed in person, by phone (217-477-5220), or online.

 RESERVE ITEMS

Most Danville Public Library materials that are in circulation may be reserved for a patron; periodicals, fiction videocassettes, DVDs, and certain music CDs may not be reserved.   For materials owned by other libraries, please ask us about Interlibrary Loan.

Items may be reserved in person, by phone (217-477-5220), or online.

Patrons must have a valid Danville Public Library/Lincoln Trail Libraries System borrower's card to use this service.