Loan Periods, Card Limits, Fines and Fees

COVID-19 and Library Fines

During the COVID-19 crisis, we are quarantining returned items before we handle them and check them in. The items will remain on patron accounts during the quarantine process. 

A Fine-Free Library!

As of April 13, 2021, the Mahomet Public Library is a fine-free library, with two exceptions: Wi-Fi  Hotspots and Roku Streaming Sticks. (Roku Streaming Sticks will be available starting November 1, 2021.)

Patrons will still pay for lost or damaged items. 

 

For our complete policy on loan periods, fines, and lost or damaged items, please see our Circulation Policy on our Library Policies page.

ItemLoan Period*Renewal LimitOverdue Fine

Books, CDs, AudioBooks, Magazines

3 weeks

3 times

No fines!

Single DVDs

1 week

3 times
(NEW DVDs cannot be renewed)

No fines!

TV Series and
Most Multi-disc DVD Sets

 

3 weeks3 times
(NEW DVDs cannot be renewed)
No fines!

Board Games
 
1 week3 timesNo fines!

 

Wi-Fi Hotspots

1 weekNo renewals; ask staff for
assistance renewing
if no one is on the waitlist. 
$1.00 per day

Laptops

1 week

No renewals; ask staff for
assistance renewing
if no on is on the waitlist 

No fines!
Roku Streaming Sticks1 weekNo renewals; ask staff for
assistance renewing
if no one is on the waitlist. 
$1.00 per day


*Please note: These loan periods apply to Mahomet Library items only. Loan periods for items borrowed from other libraries are set by those libraries.

Card Limits

  • Overall Borrowing Limits: Patrons may have up to 100 items checked out to a card at one time.

  • DVD Checkout Limits: Patrons may have up to 5 Mahomet Library DVDs checked out to a card at one time. 

  • Audiobooks on CD Checkout Limits: Patrons may have up to 20 Mahomet Library books on CD checked out to a card at one time. 

  • Music CD Checkout Limits: Patrons may have up to 20 Mahomet Library music CDs checked out to a card at one time. 

  • Board Game Limits: Patrons may have up to 2 board games checked out to a card at one time. 

  • Item Request Limits: Patrons may have up to 50 requested items ("on hold") at one time.

  • Digital Title Limits: Limits on digital downloads are set according to the policies of the eResource consortia to which the library belongs. 

  • Fine and Fee Limits: If a patron's fines and fees exceed $5.00, the patron's card cannot be used to borrow physical or digital materials until the balance is reduced below that threshold. 

  • Overdue Item Limits: If a patron has more than 25 overdue items, the patron's card cannot be used to borrow physical or digital materials until the the number of overdue items is reduced below that threshold by returning or renewing them. Please note: once the items have been renewed or returned, the system will add overdue charges to the patron account. If the total charges exceed the fine and fee limits above, then the card will remain blocked until the the balance is reduced.

Renewing Materials

Most items can be renewed up to 3 times, unless another patron has requested the item. You can renew items by:

  • accessing your online account. (Please note: Your password is the last four digits of your phone number unless you have changed it.)

  • calling the library at (217)586-2611.

  • visiting the library.

Lost or Damaged Items

If items checked out on your card are lost or damaged, you are responsible for the replacement cost. Unfortunately, we cannot accept replacement copies of lost or damaged items. 

Paying Fines and Fees

You can pay your fines and fees:

  • By check or cash at the library
  • By credit card at the library self check stations
  • By credit card online

To pay fines or fees online:

  1. Log into your account with your library card number and password. (Your password is the last four digits of your phone number unless you have changed it.)

  2. Choose Fines and Fees from the My Account menu.

  3. Select the fines and fees you wish to pay and click Pay Fees Now. The system will take you to a secure credit card processing site to complete the transaction.

  4. When finished, click Return to Account.

Library Overdue Notifications

You may elect to receive library notifications by text, email, phone, or mail. The library sends out the following notifications related to overdue items:

TimeframeNotice Sent

3 days before the due date

A pre-overdue notice, reminding the patron that the due date is coming up

1 day after the due dateAn overdue notice, alerting the patron that the item is now overdue
7 days after the due dateA second overdue notice
14 days after the due dateA third overdue notice, sent by physical mail even if email, text, or phone call is the usual notification method
30 days after the due dateA billing notice, sent by physical mail even if email, text, or phone call is the usual notification method. (Please note: at this point, the long-overdue item is marked as “lost” in our system and the patron will be billed for the item’s replacement cost.)