Borrowing Guidelines


  • Items may be checked out with either a library card or photo ID
  • Checkout limits:
    • 75 items per account
    • 10 audiobooks
    • 10 CDs
    • 7 DVDs
    • 20 magazines
  • 14 day checkout period for most items
  • 7 day checkout period for DVDs and other select material


  • 3 renewals allowed unless item has been requested or is an interlibrary loan (certain kits and equipment may not be renewed)
  • Item renewal is automatic. Also available in person, by phone, and online – library card number must be provided
    • To renew by phone, call 217-753-4900 ext 5616. Leave a message with your library card number and item(s) you would like renewed
    • To renew online, go to My Account and log in with your library card number and 4-digit PIN. Select the item you wish to renew under your checkouts, and click renew
    • Renew, search the catalog, place holds and more with the Lincoln Library app

Returning Items

  • Drive-up return on 7th Street in front of the library
  • Outside book drops are located in the wall of the building near the North and South doors
  • Inside book drop is available on the first floor near the central staircase


  • Lincoln Library does not charge overdue fines. However, extremely overdue items will be considered lost and charged to the account. These fees are waived upon return of the item(s)
  • Lost and damaged items: list price at time of purchase
  • Accounts totaling $50 or more are referred to a collection agency, and also incur an additional non-refundable $10 fee
  • Non-Resident fee: $90 per household, per year
  • Payments can be made online through the Springfield City Treasurer's website

Use the UIS Brookens Library

Lincoln Library cardholders have borrowing privileges at the University of Illinois at Springfield's Brookens Library. Visit this page for more information on using Brookens Library.