Checking Out Materials

How can I obtain a library card?

Hillside residents can register for a library card at the circulation desk by presenting two forms of identification with your address. One must be a photo I.D. such as a driver’s license, a state I.D., or a school I.D. for students. Proof of residence will be accepted with the following:

  • Bank or check book Voter’s registration card
  • Utility bill Property tax bill
  • Hospital bill Computerized bill from charge card
  • For children under the age of 18, parents are require to sign the application and show an ID with their current address.

How old do you have to be to have a library card?

A child of any age who resides in the Village of Hillside may receive a library card in his/her own name. A parent’s signature is required for children under the age of 18. Parents and guardians are responsible for materials checked out on their children’s cards.

Can I use another person’s library card?

No. Each library card holder can only use the card issued in his/her name. Therefore; you cannot use a friend’s or even a family member’s library card.

Can I use the Hillside Library if I have a library card from another library?

Yes. A card from any library in the Rails Library System may be used to check out materials. Please bring your library card and photo identification such as a driver’s license or school I.D. with your current address to the circulation desk to help us confirm your registration. Cardholders from Illinois libraries participating in the Statewide Reciprocal Borrowing Program but outside the Rails Library System may also bring their library cards and photo identification to be entered into our computer system.

I don’t live in Hillside. May I still get a Hillside Public Library card?

The library may serve nonresidents from nearby unincorporated areas in the Hillside School District for one annual fee for an entire family. This fee is established annually by the Hillside Public Library Board of Trustees.

I lost my library card. What should I do?

Library cards that are lost or stolen should be reported missing immediately so that use of the card can be stopped. The patron is responsible for all materials borrowed on his/her card until the card is reported missing. Replacement cards may be purchased for a fee of $3.00.

My card has expired. What should I do?

You will need to renew your card by showing one piece of identification with your address. In order to renew your card, your account must be clear of any overdue materials and unpaid fees. You must also bring in your expired library card or you will be charged $3.00 to renew.  Library cards are renewed every three years.


Check out information



Because almost all loan periods have been increased, there will no longer be a grace period for any item returned late.


There are no renewals for items that are on hold for another patron.

To renew materials, you may stop at the circulation desk at the library, call the library at 708 449-7510, or use the link to your account through the online catalog.


A hold can be placed on any material that circulates. You may place a hold by visiting the library’s online catalog and searching by title, author or key word. Make your selection and click on the “request” button. You will be asked your name, card number and your pin. The library staff can also place a hold for MLS cardholders only. Library staff will notify the patron when the material is ready for pick up and hold the item for five days before returning it to circulation.


Library patrons who hold materials past their due date will be charged in the following manner. In all cases, the maximum fee will be equal to the replacement cost of the item as it is listed in the computer except as follows.  Patrons may not check out library materials if they have charges of more than $5.00 on their card. If a patron’s check is returned for insufficient funds, the patron will be charged a $15.00 additional fee. Pay fines online


The library maintains computers for adult with a four hour maximum use per day and youth access with a two hour maximum use per day. To use computers you must sign on with a current library card. Computer usage and internet agreements must be accepted by every adult before accessing Hillside computers and by parents of children under the age of 18 who want this access for their children.

Printouts are 10¢ a page for black and white printouts or 25¢ for color printouts.  You must have money in your printing account before you can print. Minimum of $1.00 must be paid at the circulation desk to open your account.

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