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We are open for Grab & Go service Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, plus special hours for seniors and people at high risk. The Computer Lab remains closed. Click here for details. Curbside Pickup is available during all open hours. Click here for information about Curbside Pickup. 

Borrowing Policy


1. General Information  

All members of the community may share equally in the use and enjoyment of library materials. People of all ages may use materials from any Carol Stream Public Library collection. The Library respects the right and responsibility of a parent/legal guardian to determine which library materials are appropriate for their children.  

General guidelines for use of library materials include: 

  • A valid library account, as defined in Library Accounts Policy, section 1, is required to check out, renew or reserve library materials.  

  • As a public library member of MAGIC (Multitype Automation Group In Cooperation), an LLSAP (Local Library System Automation Program) , the Carol Stream Public Library will abide by the MAGIC Governing Board’s established standards for their public library members regarding borrowing and circulation  rules.  These standards have been established to improve the patron experience for the public library members. 

  • Loan periods, renewals, and reserve limits vary based on material type and are posted on the Library’s website. 


2. Fines and Fees  

Carol Stream Public Library reserves the right to set charges for all overdue, lost or damaged material.  Fines and fees are posted on the Library’s website.  

Library accounts with charges in excess of $25 for unreturned or damaged materials are transferred to Unique Management Services for collection. An additional referral fee is charged to the account.  Please be advised that charges incurred on a juvenile account are payable by the parent/legal guardian. 

Charges in the amount equal to the bank’s current fees will be added for checks returned to the Library for insufficient funds. 

Notices will be sent reminding patrons to return overdue materials and to alert them of current fines and fees. Failure to receive notices does not absolve responsibility or liability for fines or fees incurred. 


3. Theft, Damage, or Failure to Return Library Materials   

Taking materials from the Library, including but not limited to books, media, and equipment without proper checkout is a crime. Theft, damage, or failure to return Library materials in the amount of $500.00 or more is subject to the provisions of the Criminal Code of the Illinois Compiled Statutes. 

720 ILCS 5/16-1 (b) (4.1). 


4. Resource Sharing Services  

Carol Stream Public Library maintains membership in Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) and cooperates in reciprocal borrowing and interlibrary loan. The Library reserves the right to limit the number of items or restrict reciprocal borrowing access to specific collections.