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Borrow Items

How Many Items Can I Check Out? | How Long Can I Keep My Items?
Interlibrary Loan | Suggest a Purchase | Teacher/Vacation Loans | Courtesy Delivery

You can check out items or pick up hold requests at Circulation Services on the main floor of the library. Self-check kiosks also are available on the main floor and in Children's Services on the ground floor.

How Many Items Can I Check Out? 

  Adult & Teen Collection Children's Collection
Books on Disc 15, across all collections
Music CDs 40, across all collections
DVDs 20, across all collections
Kits n/a 5
eReaders 1 1
Tablets n/a 1
Board Games 2 n/a
Vinyl Records 10 n/a
Equipment 1 n/a

DVDs and board games cannot be checked out on a child's card. eReaders can be checked out only on adult and high school cards issued by The Urbana Free Library.

How Long Can I Keep My Items?

  Loan Period Maximum Renewals
Books (older) 4 weeks 5
Books (new and bestsellers) 2 weeks 5
Audiobooks (older) 4 weeks 5
Audiobooks (new) 2 weeks 5
Kits 2 weeks 5
Magazines 2 weeks 5
Music CDs and Vinyl Records 2 weeks 5
Non-Fiction DVDs 2 weeks 5
Entertainment DVDs 1 week 5
eReaders 2 weeks 5
Tablets 1 hour 5
Board Games 2 weeks 0
Equipment 2 weeks 5

You can renew items at the circulation desk or at a self-check kiosk, by calling Circulation Services at 217-367-4057, or by accessing your account online. Except for board games, any item may be renewed unless it is requested by another borrower.

You will not be able to check out any items if there are fees higher than $10.00 on your account or if you have long-overdue (28 days) items.

Interlibrary Loan

Urbana Free Library cardhholders can use interlibrary loan (ILL) to borrow books and articles from outside of CU Catalog

The library charges $5.00 each for books or articles loaned by out-of-state public libraries and $20.00 each for books or articles loaned by out-of-state academic libraries, special libraries, and in-state libraries known to charge. Renewals for ILL items cannot be done online because we must contact the owning library. Please call 217-367-4057 or ask at Circulation Services if you would like to renew these items.

Late fees for books loaned from outside the CU Catalog are 20¢ per day.

Suggest A Purchase

Don’t see a title in CU Catalog that you would like to borrow? Use our handy Suggest a Purchase form to get your recommendation directly to our librarians. While we can’t guarantee every suggestion will make it into our collection, we value your ideas and give them strong consideration.

Teacher/Vacation Loans

Teachers planning extensive units and borrowers going on extended vacations can renew one- or two-week renewable items up front when there are no requests on those items. Teacher/vacation loans use up one available renewal. Ask at Circulation Services if your items qualify.

Courtesy Delivery to Clark-Lindsey Village, Brookdale Urbana, and Prairie Winds Retirement Communities

Library cardholders who live in Clark-Lindsey Village, Brookdale Urbana, and Prairie Winds may also use our courtesy delivery service. With this service, you may either visit the library and check out materials here, or place items on hold through the online catalog or over the phone and we will deliver them to you once a week.

If you already have a UFL library card and would like to receive courtesy delivery, please call Circulation Services at 217-367-4057.

If you do not have a library card yet, stop by Circulation Services to register. Information about The Urbana Free Library and library card applications are also available from the activity director of your retirement community.



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