Loans, holds, fines

Here is the basic information about what you can borrow from the library, how long you can keep things, how much fines are, and more.

Item Loan Period Holds? Renewals Fines/Day
DVDs, Blu-Rays 7 days Yes 3 $0.50
DVDs, Blu-Rays, Quick Pick 7 days No 0 $0.50
DVDs, Blu-Ray Sets (3 or More Discs) 14 days Yes 3 $0.50
Video Games *limit 5 7 days Yes 3 $0.50
Video Games, Quick Pick 7 days No 0 $0.50
         
Art 56 days No 3 $0.25
Assistive Technology, Equipment 56 days Yes 3 $0.25
Audiobooks 28 days Yes 3 $0.25
Books 28 days Yes 3 $0.25
Books, New 14 days Yes 3 $0.25
Books, Quick Pick 7 days No 0 $0.25
CDs 14 days Yes 3 $0.25
CD-Roms 14 days Yes 3 $0.25
Devices (excluding eReaders) 14 days Yes 3 $0.50
eReaders, LeapPads, Innotabs 28 days Yes 3 $0.50
Magazines 14 days Yes 3 $0.25
Maps/Pamphlets 28 days Yes 3 $0.25
Playaways 28 days Yes 3 $0.25
         
Reference 0 weeks No 0 $0.00
Newspapers 0 weeks No 0 $0.00

Need to renew your items?

Renew them online or call our automated system at (847) 590-8706.

Holds

Hold notifications, by default, come via a phone call to the requestor's phone number on record, unless you have enabled email notifications on your account.  Items will be held for 4 days after the date of notification.  Should you need a little more time to come pick up a held item, please contact our Circulation Department

If you would like an item immediately and it is not a Quick Pick or checked out, please call the library and we will be happy to pull it for you.

Auto-renewals

Items checked out at Des Plaines Public Library will automatically be renewed on their due date for up to 3 renewal periods. The renewal happens automatically and there is NO action you need to take.  

Items can not be auto-renewed if:

  • The item is on hold for another patron;
  • The three renewal limit has been reached;
  • Your account is blocked; or
  • It is an item from our Quick Pick collection on the first floor.

To help you keep track of your automatic renewals and other items, we highly encourage you to sign up for DPPL Account Email Notifications, if you have not done so already. This is not required for automatic renewals, but you will get an email telling you which of your items have been renewed and their new due dates and also a second email letting you know which of your materials have NOT have automatically renewed and are due that day. These email notifications go out around 7 am the day your item is due, so you still have until close of the day to return any unrenewed items and not incur fines.

More about fines

Paying fines

You can pay for fines online through your library account, here at the library at any of our self-checkout machines, or at the circulation desk. We accept cash, check, and credit cards. Paying online or at the self-checkout machines requires a credit card.

Fine Threshold

The "fine threshold" is $10.00. If you owe $10.00 or more in fines, you will not be able to check out more items or place holds.

Need more time with those items?

We're happy to offer vacation loans on any holdable item, except for those on hold for other patrons. We can make the loan up to twice as long as its original loan period.