Getting a Library Card


GETTING A LIBRARY CARD
Library Card Policy
The materials and resources of the Bridgeview Public Library are available on an equal basis to all individuals with a valid library card. This applies to persons with a Bridgeview Public Library card or another Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) member card and to other cardholders with reciprocal borrowing privileges.

Library Cards
All residents of the Village of Bridgeview are entitled to a free library card. The card is issued for two years. Two pieces of identification must be shown at the time of registration. One must have a picture on it. Persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian when applying for a card.
If you are not a resident of the Village of Bridgeview, you may be eligible for one of the following types of cards.

Business Owners/Managers and Property Owners
The Bridgeview Public Library Board of Trustees will grant a library card to the owner or manager of a business operating in the Village of Bridgeview or a property owner subject to the following.
  1. The card is a one-year card.
  2. The owner or manager must apply in person and, if necessary, supply proof of their status in the company at the initial application and all subsequent renewals.
  3. After presenting a current tax bill as proof of ownership of property within the geographic boundaries of the Village of Bridgeview, the owner will be issued a single, one-year Bridgeview Public Library card. The owner must also show proof of residence in an area not served by a system member library, so that duplicate records are not created in the database. Renewal of the card will require the most current tax bill to be shown at time of renewal registration.
Non-Residents
Non-residents who are not eligible for a library card through one of the above means may purchase a non-resident card. The fee for the non-resident card is based on the "tax bill method," which calculates the library tax the nonresident would pay if the property were located in Bridgeview. Non-residents are to go to the closest library to their home.
The Bridgeview Public Library Board of Trustees adopted the annual Non-Resident Fee in line with Illinois PA 92-0166 effective August 1, 2002. The Board will adopt an annual Resolution specifying its acceptance or declined participation in the Non-Resident Library Card Reciprocal Borrowing Program.

Responsibilities of Cardholders
Cardholders are responsible for all materials borrowed on their card. This includes returning the materials in a timely manner and in the same condition as when the materials were borrowed. Materials kept beyond the loan period will be considered overdue, and fines or replacement fees will be assessed. Replacement and processing fees will also be assessed for lost or damaged materials. Specific information on fines and fees is available at the Circulation desk. Items borrowed from other libraries will be billed in accordance with rates established by the owning library. Since use of other library's materials is a courtesy, it is expected that these bills and fees will be paid promptly.

The library sends out overdue notices as a courtesy. Patrons are responsible for timely return of materials whether or not they receive the overdue notice. Having overdue materials, fines or fees on library cards may cause borrowing or service restrictions here or at other libraries. Cardholders or parents/guardians of cardholders under 18 years old are also responsible for notifying the Library of any change of address, e-mail address or telephone number.
 
There are no age restrictions on the borrowing of materials from the Bridgeview Public Library. Parents or legal guardians are responsible for monitoring the materials used by their children.

Renewal of Library Cards
Library cards when issued are valid for two years. An expired card may be renewed upon proof of continued residency within the Village of Bridgeview. All fees and fines must be paid before a card can be renewed.

Lost or Stolen Library Cards
Cardholders are responsible for materials checked out on their cards until the card is reported lost or stolen to the Bridgeview Public library. A fee is charged for replacement of a current library card. To replace a lost or stolen card, a patron must prove residency in the Village of Bridgeview.

Confidentiality of Patron Records
As required by the Illinois Library Records Confidentiality Act (75ILCS 70/1 et seq), a library patron's registration and circulation records are confidential. No individual's records will be released to any person or agency except pursuant to a court order. Library staff may provide information to a minor's parent or legal guardian about fines or overdue materials. For more information, see the Library's Confidentiality of Library Records policy.
 
Adopted August 13, 2012

Bridgeview Public Library is a member of the RAILS Library System. 
Your library card will be honored at:
  • any of the public libraries in the RAILS Library System
  • all academic libraries in the RAILS Library System
  • any public library in several other library systems in Illinois, including Chicago Public Library

LOST CARDS & LOST OR DAMAGED MATERIALS

Please report a lost or stolen card.  Cardholders are responsible for materials checked out on their cards until the card is reported lost or stolen.

Lost Cards
A fee of $5.00 is charged for replacement of a current library card. All outstanding fines /fees MUST be paid at time of card replacement.

To replace a lost or stolen card, a patron must prove residency in the village of Bridgeview in the same way as in the original card application.

Patrons under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to replace a lost card.

Lost or Damaged Materials

When an item is lost or damaged you may pay the cost to replace the item, OR you can purchase a new, identical copy. In addition, a processing fee will be charged for items needing replacement. Processing fee is $5.00

In the event that a lost item is found within 2 weeks after the due date, a refund for the price of the material will be issued. 

The processing fee is non-refundable.

Fees that are charged for replacement parts are non-refundable.  

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LOAN PERIODS
Checkout Fees:
DVDs, Blu-rays, DVD-TV series and video games cost $1.00 to
check out and another $1.00 at renewal.
*Patrons 65+ do not have to pay checkout fees


Materials with a 3 week loan period that are renewable:           

Books                  
Books on CD        
Playaways         
Music CDs    

Materials with a 2 week loan period that are renewable:
DVD-TV series  (Renewal can only be done in the library plus $1.00)


Materials with a 1 week loan period that are renewable:
Magazines            
Launch Pads    (Renewal can only be done in the library)

DVDs                (Renewal can only be done in the library plus $1.00)
Blu-ray              (Renewal can only be done in the library plus $1.00)
Video Games    (Renewal can only be done in the library plus $1.00)


 
OVERDUE FINES
Overdue fines are charged at the rate of 10 cents per day for each item not to exceed $4.20.

Overdue DVDs, Blu-rays, Video Games, and Launch Pads are charged at the rate of $1.00 per day for each item not to exceed $10.00. >
ACCESSING YOUR LIBRARY ACCOUNT ONLINE
To access your account, you will need your library card number and your PIN number. Your PIN number should be the last four digits of your phone number that you provided when signing up for your library card. If you forgot, you can call us at (708) 458-2880.
  • Visit the URL: catalog.swanlibraries.net
  • Scroll down to find the Bridgeview Library section.
  • Click on Catalog (in blue) underneath: Bridgeview
  • On the top of the webpage, click on Log In.
  • Input your information in the correct fields and click the Login Button.
  • You should now see the same webpage with your name on top of the page.
  • Click on My Account to view your Checkouts, Holds, and Fines.
Checkouts
Under this tab, you can view the items checked out under your card and their due dates. You can try to renew your items by clicking the box next to your item and then clicking the blue Renew button located at the top and bottom of the list.
Holds
Under this tab, you can view the items that are on hold for you. It displays the pickup location, and the status of your hold. By clicking the box next to your item, you may; Cancel Hold, Edit Pickup Location, Suspend Hold, or Cancel Hold Suspension. If there is an exclamation point, there is a hold available. Each item with a green exclamation point next to it is available for pick up and has the date to pick it up by.
Fines
Under this tab, you can view the fines that you owe. If there is a red exclamation point on the tab, that means there is a fine on your account. You can select which fines you would like to pay by clicking the box next to the fine. A minimum of $1.00 is required to pay online. There is also a $0.50 convenience fee. Fill out the information and click the blue submit button on the bottom of the window.

IF USING A PUBLIC COMPUTER, MAKE SURE TO LOG OUT OF YOUR ACCOUNT BY CLICKING THE LOG OUT BUTTON LOCATED AT THE TOP OF THE WEBPAGE.

AUTO RENEWALS