Library Policies

Eligibility for Library Service

Resident Library Card

The Yorkville Public Library is funded by City of Yorkville taxes. Therefore, to be eligible for a library card, a person must be a resident of the City of Yorkville.  Children who have reached the age of five may obtain library card. Identification and proof of residency are required at the time a Library card is issued. Children under 18 must have the signature of a parent or gaurdian on their application. Children 18 and over may choose to provide their own proof of residency or use that of their parent.

Non-Resident Library Card

Persons residing outside the City of Yorkville, not entitled to the service of any tax-supported public library, are entitled to library cards through the TAX Bill Method (Net Taxable Value multipy by Library Tax Rate), paid annually per household. This Non-Resident fee entitles the entire family the use of the library. The Illinois Public Act 92-0166 which governs applications for Non-Resident Library card services is stated as follows:

  • A non-resident shall apply for a non-resident library card at the closest public library. The factor for determining the closest public library shall be the residence of the non-resident. Non-residents shall apply at the participating public library in the school district in which the non-resident has his or her principle residence unless, due to the commonality of community interest, library service at another library that is physically closer may better serve the needs of the non-resident.

  • If there are two or more public libraries in the school district in which a non-resident resides, the participating public libraries in that school district, in cooperation with the applicable regional library system, shall determine the appropriate library service area for the non-residents to make application for a non-resident library card.

  • If there is no participating library in the school district that the non-resident resides, the applicable regional library systems that serve the school district shall, in cooperation with participating libraries in the general area of the school district, determine the non-resident service area. The factor for determining a non-resident service shall be the commonality of community interests that influence the activities of all the residents of the service area.

Non-Resident Taxpayer Card

A Non-Resident Taxpayer Card will be issued for a period of one year without charge at the rate of one per family to whomever owns property within the city limits. A current tax bill has to be presented to qualify for a card. A copy of the tax bill must be attached to the application form for each Non-Resident Taxpayer Card. Only the person named on the tax bill is allowed to have his/her name on the library card. The non-resident taxpayer card entitles the cardholder and his/her family to the full service of the Yorkville Public Library and reciprocal borrowing privileges at other libraries.

Out-of-Town Cards

The Yorkville Public Library will honor any library card in the state of Illinois. Out of town cards will be checked for delinquency status (overdue materials and fines) before materials will be loaned. If the issuing lbrary is closed at the time of the call, no materials may be checked out from the Yorkville Public Library. An identification card must be completed for our records.

Yorkville Patrons Borrowing Privileges

Yorkville patrons receive priority for all library service. You must have your library card with you to check out any items.

Library Systems

The Yorkville Public Library is a member of the RAILS (Reaching Across Illinois Library System. The Public Libraries, along with academic, school and special libraries, comprise the Library systems in Illinois. Any library which is a member of a system is automatically a member of ILLINET. The purpose of this network is to share resources and provide residents of the state with information that is not available at the local level. The State of Illinois funds the systems but they are governed by local Public Libraries. A complete copy of the ILLINET Interlibrary loan can be found in the last section of the ciculation policy for clarification.

Loan Period

  1. Boks, audio books, and paperbacks may be borrowed for three weeks.

  2. Magazines may be borrowed for a period of one week.

  3. DVDs  may be borrowed for one wk. at a fee of $1.00 each (limit of 5 per family).

  4. Music CDs may be borrowed for three weeks.

  5. Kids Kit bags may be borrowed for one week.


  1. Fines are charged on all overdue materials:

    1. Books, audio books, and magazines = $ .20 per day per item

    2. DVD`s = $1.00 per day per DVD

    3. Canvas kids kit bags = $2.00 per day per bag

  2. The cardholder is responsible for all fines, as well as replacement cost for lost or damaged materials.

  3. Library users may not check out items if there is a fine charged to their library card.

Renewals and Holds

  1. Most library materials may be renewed once.

  2. No material may be renewed if there is a hold on it.

  3. No renewals on best sellers and new books. You may renew and place holds at Yorkville Public Library`s PrairieCat catalog. Enter your library card # and your pin (last 4 #`s of your card) to log on. Then click on MY ACCOUNT.

  4. Books may also be renewed over the phone by calling the library at (630) 553-4354.

Book Drop

  1. Books, magazines, and other borrowed material may be returned in the book drop, unless otherwise marked.


  1. If the book or other item you want is already checked out, you may reserve it if you have a Yorkville Public Library card.

  2. You will be notified when the item reserved comes in.

Replacement Fees

  1. Replacement fee for lost or damaged materials is the current retail price. 

  2.  Replacement fee for lost or damaged materials which are out-of-print is the current  average retail price, or the retail price of a similar item. 

  3. There is a $10.00 charge for returned checks.

  4. Other replacement fees:

  5. Library cards $2.00

  6. Mylar cover $2.00

  7. Canvas kit bag $10.00.

  8. Plastic Book-on-CD case $7.00

  9. Bar code $1.00

  10. Plastic DVD and music CD cases $3.00

Yorkville Public Library
Internet Acceptable Use Policy

The electronic traffic originating from the Yorkville Public Library Internet Connection will be in accordance with these Acceptable Use Policies. Failure to abide by these policies will result in the loss of Internet privileges.

Acceptable Use

The Following principles will guide the use of the Library`s Internet Connection:

  1. Respect for the privacy of others.

  2. Attention to the legal protection provided by copyright and license to programs and data.

  3. Consideration for the security and functioning of computer networks and systems.

Unacceptable Use

  1. Using the Yorkville Public Library internet connection for any purposes which violate U.S. or state law is not acceptable. This includes transmitting threatening, obscene or harassing materials, or interfering with or disrupting network users, services or equipment. Illegal acts involving the library`s internet connection may be subject to prosecution by local, state or federal authorities.

  2. Users may not represent themselves as another person.

  3. Malicious use is not acceptable. Use of the Yorkville Public Library internet connection and any attached network in a manner that prevents or significantly hampers its use by others is not allowed.

  4. Computing resources will not be used to access pornographic materials.

  5. No purchases may be made via the Internet connection. There is no security for credit card numbers or account numbers.

The Yorkville Public Library reserves the right to modify this policy at anytime.

Yorkville Public Library
Internet Use Policy

In fulfilling its mission to provide information, education, and cultural enrichment for the community through a commitment to excellence in library services, the Yorkville Public Library provides its patrons with the latest information technology.

Therefore, Internet access is available in both the Adult and Children`s departments. The internet is a global and unregulated information network. As such it allows patrons to access information and images beyond the scope of the Yorkville Public Library`s collection. The Library cannot control the information accessible through the internet and does not accept responsibility for its content.

As with other library materials, a child`s use of the internet is solely the responsiblility of the child`s parent or gaurdian. Parents are encouraged to provide guidence and explore the internet with their child.

The library`s internet stations are in public areas and are shared by all patrons. Therefore, all patrons are asked to refrain from accessing potentially offensive information or images. Internet privilages will be suspended if the use of the internet workstation is not in keeping with this policy.

Yorkville Public Library
Internet Use Procedures

  1. Use of the computer workstations with internet access, except for the "express" workstation in the Adult Services department, is limited to holders of a valid Illinois Public Library card.  The internet connection is available on a first come, first serve basis.

  2. Students 9th grade or older may use internet connection. Students younger than 9th grade may use the internet connection when accompanied by a gaurdian or responsible adult. The parent or gaurdian must come to the library and sign the Internet Use Disclaimer for students in high school.

  3. Only one person may use the computer at a time, except an adult working with a child.

  4. Computers in the Youth Services Department are intended for children under the age of 18.

  5. Each patron using the Library Internet workstation is allotted 1 hours of internet use per day. If no patrons are waiting for the internet you may stay on up to 3 hours.

  6. Printing costs $.20 per page for black and white copies, color copies are $.50.

  7. Library Patrons may not recieve library service when outstanding fines equal $5.00 or greater occurred on their library card, or when library materials are more than two weeks overdue.

To ensure courtesy and fair access, the library may set and enforce other behavior standards.

June 12, 2004

Email Express Station

The Email Express Station is open to all patrons 18 years and older. Patrons will be required to acknowlegde acceptance of the Internet and Computer Access User Policy through an electric confirmation page each time they log on to the workstation.

Patrons under 18 may not use the workstation.

Use is on first come, first serve basics of one session per day not to exceed 15 minutes. The patron will automatically be logged out after 15 minutes: no warning will occur.

There is a limit of one person on the Email Express at a time.