Borrow Items

You can check out items or pick up hold requests at Circulation Services on the main floor of the Library. Self-check kiosks are available on each floor of the Library.

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

How Many Items Can I Check Out? 

   Adult & Teen Collection  Children's Collection
 Board Games  2  n/a
 Books on Disc 15, any combination
 DVDs 20, any combination
 Electronic Devices (in-house use)  5, any combination
 Equipment *  10, any combination
 eReaders  1  1
 Kits  n/a  5
 Music CDs  40, any combination
 Video Games  5  n/a
 Vinyl Records  10  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
 Board Games  2 weeks  10
 Books (new and bestsellers)  2 weeks  10
 Books (older)  4 weeks  10
 Books on Disc (new)  2 weeks  10
 Books on Disc (older)  4 weeks  10
 Electronic Devices (in-house use)  1 hour  10
 Entertainment DVDs  1 week  10
 Equipment *  2 weeks  10
 eReaders  2 weeks  10
 Kits  2 weeks  10
 Magazines  2 weeks  10
 Music CDs  2 weeks  10
 Non-Fiction DVDs  2 weeks  10
 Video Games  1 week  10
 Vinyl Records  2 week  10

 

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. 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.

* Equipment currently includes record players; items in the 3D Science, percussion, productivity, stringed instruments, and crafts collections; amplifiers; and music equipment for children.


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.