Borrow Items

You can check out items or pick up hold requests at Circulation Services on the main floor of the Library. Self-checks are available on the first and ground 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 Collections  Children's Collection
 Board Games  5  n/a
 Books on Disc 25, any combination
 DVDs 50, any combination
 Electronic Devices (in-house use) & Mobile Hotspots  5, any combination
 Equipment *  10, any combination
 eReaders  5, any combination
 Kits  n/a  5
 Music CDs  50, any combination
 Video Games  5  n/a
 Vinyl Records  10  n/a


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  4 weeks  10
 Electronic Devices (in-house use)  2 hours  10
 Entertainment DVDs  2 weeks  10
 Equipment  2 weeks  10
 eReaders  2 weeks  10
 Kits  2 weeks  10
 Magazines  4 weeks  10
 Mobile Hotspots  2 weeks  10
 Music CDs  4 weeks  10
 Non-Fiction DVDs  2 weeks  10
 Video Games  2 weeks  10
 Vinyl Records  2 weeks  10


Urbana Free Library items renew automatically up to 10 times, except in the following circumstances: overdue items, items that have requests, items with loan periods less than three days, rental items, interlibrary loan items, or e-items. When a patron has a long-overdue item, other items checked out to them will not auto-renew.

You will not be able to check out any items if there are fees higher than $25.00 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 up to 10 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.