Oswego Campus: 32 West Jefferson St, Oswego, IL 60543      Montgomery Campus: 1111 Reading Drive, Montgomery, IL 60538

Borrowing Information

In order to make materials available to all patrons on an equal basis, the library will set policies for length of loan period, renewals, reserves and fees. The library will determine who is eligible to borrow materials and will provide for the return or replacement of such materials.

LIBRARY CARDS

To be eligible for a library card, a person must be a resident of the Oswego Public Library District. Identification and proof of residency are required at the time a library card is issued. A parent or guardian may provide identification and proof of residency for individuals under 18. Children not yet in high school must have the signature of a parent or guardian.

Persons residing outside the Oswego Public Library District and not entitled to the services of any tax-supported public library may purchase a non-resident library card, which will be valid for the term of twelve months. Non-resident library cards shall be purchased at the closest participating public library in the school district in which the non-resident has his or her principal residence.

Non-resident homeowner fees for library privileges will be determined by applying the library's current tax rate to the resident's equalized assessed valuation, taken from the current tax bill. A copy of the current tax bill indicating owner name, property location, and property valuation shall be provided to the library for verification purposes.

Non-resident renter's fees will be 15 percent of the monthly rent as the annual non-resident fee. The renter shall provide to the library a current rent lease with receipt or a cancelled rent check for verification purposes.

Oswego Public Library District cardholders receive first priority for all library services and programs.

The Oswego Public Library District participates in the Reciprocal Borrowing Program (RBP). Reciprocal Borrowers must present and register the card issued by their “home” library. Cards must be verified annually with their home library for continuation of services. The Reciprocal Borrower will have the same rights and responsibilities as an Oswego Public Library District card holder with a few exceptions:

    • Limit to 3 DVDs out at any one time
    • No holds on materials
    • No ILLs
    • No eBook or Audio downloads
    • No remote access to subscription databases
    • No items from gaming collection

LOAN PERIODS

Popular authors-new releases 7 day, no renewal
DVD/Current Popular 2 day, no renewal
DVD/Video Game 7 day, no renewal
Periodicals 7 day
Kits Varies depending upon type of kit, no renewal
ILL material Subject to home library regulations
All other material 21 days, one renewal for items with no holds
Book discussion kits 30 days for youth, 42 days for adult

There is a limit of 50 items that may be checked out per patron card. Among the 50 items, limit of 15 DVDs and 15 CDs. Park District, Schools and other institutions may have a limit of 75 items.

OVERDUE MATERIALS

A three day grace period is given for overdue materials, with the exception of DVDs, ILL’s and Adult book discussion kits. Patrons will receive one overdue notice when an item is approximately one week overdue. When an item is eight weeks overdue, a final notice is sent. A charge equal to the replacement cost of the item is attached to the patron’s record after approximately 11 weeks. At this time, the item is deleted from the computer.

Patrons, and guardians in the case of a child, will be denied library service until accounts are cleared under the following circumstances:

  • Patron has $10.00 or more in fines.
  • Patron has a fine more than one year old.
  • Patron has three "claimed returns".

INTERLIBRARY LOANS (ILL)

Patrons are able to request ILLs from other libraries by asking a librarian to order the material or requesting materials via the Ask-a-Librarian form on our website.  A limit of 5 items can be requested at any one time. A limit of 3 DVDs obtained through ILL may be out per card at any one time.

The ILL process is very time consuming and costly both to the Oswego Public Library District and the staff that is kindly lending the material.  To that end, the following repercussions are placed on ILLs that are not picked up or are overdue:                                      

  • 1st time item not picked up ... patron blocked from ILL for 3 months                                                                  
  • 2nd time item not picked up ... patron blocked from ILL for 6 months
  • 3rd time item not picked up ... patron blocked from ILL for 1 year
  • 4th time and subsequent instances ... patron blocked from ILL for an additional year for each instance
  • 30 days overdue ... patron blocked from ILL for 6 months

FEES

Lost materials replacement cost of item as determined by the library
Lost card replacement $1.00
Lost/damaged AV cases $2.00
Lost/damaged audiobook case $10.00
Lost CD booklet $0.50
Lost/damaged labels $0.50
Lost/damaged zipper bags $5.00
Lost/damaged bag items $10.00
Overdue materials $0.20 per day except DVD’s
Overdue DVD's/video games $1.00 per day