Patron Borrowing Rights and Privileges and Use of the Library

Obtaining and Using a Library Card

Any person who lives or owns taxable property within the Dunlap Public Library District may obtain a Dunlap Public Library card. To obtain a library card, apply in person or online. Proof of residency must be shown by providing a recent bill addressed to the resident or, in the case of online application, by receiving your library card in the mail to the address given. In all cases, library staff may request to see a photo ID the first time a card is used.

To obtain a juvenile card (issued to those age 13 and younger), an adult who is responsible for the child applying for the card must agree to accept responsibility for the items checked out using that card.

You must apply for, carry, and use your own library card. You are responsible for all use of your card. If you lose your library card, please contact Circulation Services immediately.

You may not use a library card registered to another patron, including that of a spouse or of a child age 14 or older. Patrons may give permission for family members to collect holds on their behalf. This must be on record with our circulation staff before a patron may pick up holds for a family member.

Additionally, parents may check out materials on behalf of children age 13 and younger using the child’s card.

Lost cards must be replaced. The replacement fee is $2.

Loan periods, limits, and fines


Item Type Check out Period Limit Fines per day per item
Books 2 weeks None* 15 cents
CDs and Audio Books 2 weeks 5 50 cents
Magazine 2 weeks 5 50 cents
DVDs, Bluray, Videogames 2 weeks 5 $1.00
Roku, other equipment 1 week** 1 $1.00

*A total of 50 items may be checked out at any one time.
**Rokus and other equipment may not be renewed.

All items subject to a 3-renewal limit unless otherwise specified.

[Preliminary policy text] PLEASE NOTE: The library uses RFID technology for loss-prevention and automation purposes. Damage to RFID labels may result in charges to replace the label. The RFID labels used by the library are sourced from Bibliotheca and are designed specifically for disk media. When undamaged they are not known to cause play-back problems or damage to equipment. Therefore, the library is not responsible for alleged damage to user equipment from labels on CDs, DVDs, Video Games, or other disks. Patrons should always inspect discs for damage before use (including but not limited to: scratches, warping, bubbled labels, etc.) and alert library staff if found. Disks should never be left in or used in a hot vehicle as damage to the disk and/or the RFID label will likely occur.

Inter Library Loan (ILL)

The Dunlap Public Library District is a member of the Resource Sharing Alliance (RSA). Most patron requests for library material are automatically filled via this consortium. If an item cannot be found, library staff can attempt to locate the item via OCLC for Inter Library Loan (ILL). On rare occasions, there may be charges associated with the delivery of ILL items, in which case the patron would be given the choice of requesting the item and paying the associated charges or cancelling the request.

Fines and Fees

Fines accumulate for each day an item is overdue up to the replacement value of the item.

If an item must be replaced, even if a suitable replacement copy is provided by the patron, a $5 processing fee will be applied due to the costs associated with processing an item for library use.

Claims Returned

If a patron claims an item is returned, but the item cannot be located, the item will be marked as “claims returned.” If an item is later found at the library, the “claims returned” status will be removed. If the item is later returned by the patron, it shall be treated as a normal overdue item.

After 3 “claims returned” items are posted to a patron’s record, additional “claims returned” items will be treated as lost items and the patron’s account will be charged for replacement.

Failure to Return Library Materials / Pay fines and fees

Failure to return library materials or to pay charged fines and fees may result in collections proceedings. Theft of or failure to return library materials will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Patrons will be responsible for any collection and/or court cost incurred by the library in its efforts to secure the return of material or payment of fines.

Rights of Borrowers

Pursuant to the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights, which states, in part, “A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views,” the Dunlap Public Library District will not limit the use of any library material or service by any cardholder.

Furthermore, the Dunlap Public Library District will not restrict access to library materials or services to anyone solely on the basis of age. Supervising the use of the library by children under the age of 14 is the responsibility of parents or legal guardians, not library staff. For library privileges, patrons age 14 and older are considered adults under library policy and Illinois Library privacy laws.

The checkout of library materials and use of certain online resources is a privilege extended to cardholders in good standing. This extends to reciprocal borrowers and those holding a valid library card from any Illinois library, except where prohibited by contract (such is the case with certain online resources). Any person has the right to use library materials and resources within the library itself, except where prohibited by contract (such is the case with certain online resources).

Patron Privacy

Pursuant to the Library Records Confidentiality Act, library staff may not share identifiable patron account information with anyone without the account-holders expressed permission. This includes information concerning spouse’s accounts and accounts of children age 14 and older. Examples of such information include: items currently or previously checked out, items on hold, fines, and other patron activities.

For more information, please see the Confidentiality of Records Policy.

Library Programs

Any person may attend library programs held at the Dunlap Public Library District regardless of cardholder status or home library. Prizes for certain programs may be limited to Dunlap Library cardholders when specified.

Internet Use

The Dunlap Public Library District provides Internet access via an open WiFi connection for personal devices and via library computers designated for public Internet use. Access to the Library’s Internet connection is subject to the Public Access Computer Policy.

There is no charge for use of the Library’s Internet connection and it is available regardless of cardholder status or home library. However, use may be restricted if a patron’s account has $5 or more in fines.

Other Library Services

The library offers other services to the public for a fee. These services are:

Fax: 25 cents per page. International faxing available at a rate set by the international calling rates.

Photocopy and Printing: 15 cents per page for regular printing, 50 cents per page for color printing

Laminating: 50 cents per foot.

Notary Public : No charge

Patron Conduct and Safe Child Policy

The Board of Trustees of the Dunlap Public Library District has established the following rules for Patron Conduct in the library. Any user not in compliance with the following rules or who jeopardizes the health or safety of others or acts in a manner inconsiderate of others may be asked to leave. Should an offender not leave when asked to do so, the police will be summoned. Additionally, library privileges may be restricted at the discretion of the library director in response to violations of this policy.


These rules are effective within the library building, its grounds, and at any library-hosted event.

Library Rules

  1. Loud, offensive, or threatening language or disruptive behavior will not be permitted. Any behavior that disrupts or interferes with the operation and/or use of the library is prohibited.
  2. Improper acts which are subject to prosecution under any criminal or civil codes are prohibited.
  3. Soliciting, petitioning, loitering, or any other activity that would interfere with the normal flow of library business is prohibited.
  4. Theft, mutilation, or vandalism of library property is prohibited.
  5. Users will be appropriately attired, including shirts and shoes.
  6. Food and uncovered beverages are not permitted at the library’s computers. Beverages in containers with secure lids are permitted in the library generally. The definition of such beverage containers is the library director’s discretion.
  7. Smoking or use of any tobacco product or the use of alcohol is not permitted in the library, on library property, or within 15 feet of the building.
  8. Bicycles or other vehicles may not be parked in a manner that blocks or hinders entry to the library.
  9. Animals are not permitted in the library, except for companion (working) dogs for the physically disabled and/or for the purpose of library programming.
  10. Parents should be aware of and comply with the library’s Safe Child policy.
  11. Restrooms are not to be used as a bathing facility.
  12. Library telephones are not for personal use. Library staff may make an exception in case of emergencies.
  13. Cell phones and other electronic devices should not be used in a disruptive manner.
  14. No weapons, including concealed firearms, are allowed.


Safe Child Policy

Parents or legal guardians are responsible for the behavior of their children while they are in the Library, on Library grounds, or participating in Library activities. The Dunlap Public Library District staff is committed to help children with activities related to the Library. However, Library staff cannot, nor is it their responsibility to serve as baby-sitters, teachers or disciplinarians. The library also cannot and does not assume responsibility for unattended children.

Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied and directly supervised at all times by a parent or other responsible caregiver (caregivers must be 13 or older). When the safety of an unattended child is in doubt, or the parent or responsible caregiver cannot be located, or if the Library is closing, Library staff is authorized to call the police and stay with the child until the police arrive. Under no circumstance will library staff drive an unattended child home.

Children age 10-17 may use the Library unattended by an adult, subject to other Library rules and policies concerning behavior, conduct and demeanor.

The Dunlap Public Library District will not restrict access to library materials or services to anyone solely on the basis of age. Supervising the use of the library by children is the responsibility of parents or legal guardians, not library staff.

For a comprehensive list of the library’s policies, please download the policy book: Dunlap Public Library District Policies (PDF).