Loan Periods & Late Charges

Library cards are free for adults and children who live in incorporated Arlington Heights.

Call the library at (847) 392-0100 to check if your address is in incorporated Arlington Heights.

Borrowing Limits

Arlington Heights cardholders may have up to 100 items checked out at one time (not counting eBooks and eAudiobooks).

If you are using a registered card from another Illinois library, you may have up to 20 items checked out on your card. Some items are limited to Arlington Heights cardholders.

Certain material types have restrictions on the number that can be borrowed:

  • eBooks/eAudiobooks (cloudLibrary) – five at a time (10 holds)
  • eBooks/eAudiobooks/eComics (hoopla) – 10 per month (all formats)
  • eReaders – one of each type
  • Music Albums (hoopla) – 10 per month (all formats)
  • Video Games (including New & Popular) – 10 at a time
  • eVideos (hoopla and Kanopy) – 10 per month

Late Charges

A late charge of 25 cents per day is charged on all overdue items. 

Items are due by closing time on the due date. Late charges will be waived for items returned or renewed within three days of the stated due date. Items returned or renewed four or more days late incur all late charges that accrue from the due date.

Avoid Late Charges

To remind you about return dates and help you avoid late charges, you can sign up for email notifications. Simply add your email address under the "Borrowing Notifications Email" section on your account page

Loan Periods

One Week in a calendar

One Week

Two weeks in a calendar

Two Weeks

Three weeks in a calendar

Three Weeks

4 Weeks in a calendar

Four Weeks

Other Calendar


  • Blu-rays
  • DVDs
  • Library of Things
  • Magazines
  • Music downloads (hoopla)
  • Studio Equipment
  • Video Games
  • Kid's World holiday books, Cd's, Blu-rays & DVD's
  • Library of Things
  • Seasonal Items - bike locks, snow brushes, umbrellas
  • Books - New & Popular 
  • Books - Business Center
  • DVDs (4+ discs & TV)
  • eReaders
  • Music CDs
  • Kid's World - toys, games, stem kits
  • eBooks (cloudLibrary & hoopla)            
  • eAudiobooks
  • eComics (hoopla)
  • Audiobooks
  • Books - non-New & Popular
  • Maps
  • Books over 500 pages 
  • Shopping baskets
  • Laptops/iPad (in-library only - 2 hours)
  • Videos (hoopla 2-3 days)
  • Book discussion sets - 6 weeks 
  • eMagazines - Flipster (2 days/varies)
  • eMagazines - RB Digital & Press Reader (unlimited)
  • eVideos - Kanopy (3 Days)

Paying Late Charges

Late charges may be paid online or in-person at the library and on the bookmobile. 


  • Log in to your account.
  • Click "My Late Charges" on the right-hand side.
  • Follow the instructions to complete your payment (all major credit cards accepted).

In-person at the library:

  • Payments accepted at the Checkout Desk or at the Self-Checkout Stations.
  • Cash, personal check and all major credit cards accepted.

In-person on the bookmobile:

  • Cash or personal check accepted.

Renewing Items

  • Most items without holds can be renewed twice.
  • New and Popular items can be renewed once.
  • Hot Picks items are not renewable.

Book & Media Drops

Library items may be returned at the library, the bookmobile or at our book and media drops at Camelot Park, Frontier Park or the Arlington Heights Senior Center. Library items are picked up from the media drops on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Donations can be dropped off at the main library building or the Arlington Heights Senior Center.