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.
|DVDs, Blu-rays||7 days||Yes||3||$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|
|Quick Picks - Books, Magazines, CDs||7 days||No||0||$0.25|
|Quick Picks - DVDs, Blu-rays, Video Games||7 days||No||0||$0.50|
|Assistive Technology, Equipment||56 days||Yes||3||$0.25|
|Board Games||14 days||*Yes||0||$0.25|
|Books, New||14 days||Yes||3||$0.25|
|Devices (excluding eReaders)||14 days||*Yes||3||$0.50|
|Discovery Kits (limit 2 per card)||14 days||Yes||0||$0.25|
|eReaders, LeapPads, Innotabs||28 days||*Yes||3||$0.50|
*These holds are only available for DPPL cardholders and for pickup at Des Plaines.
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.
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.
Interlibrary Loans (ILL) are available to Des Plaines Public Library cardholders. Beginning January 1, 2020, a total of 30 ILL items can be checked out or requested per patron at any given time. For example, if a patron has 10 ILL items checked out, that patron may request up to 20 additional ILL items. For questions, please contact the 1st floor Customer Service desk at (847) 376-2788.
More about fines
You can pay for fines online with Smart Pay using your library account, here at the library at any of our self-checkout machines, or at the 1st floor information desk. We accept cash, check, and credit cards. Paying online or at the self-checkout machines requires a credit card. Pay fines online
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.