The Chatham Area Public Library District is a tax-supported public library.  This means that people residing within the boundaries of the Chatham Area Public Library District pay taxes to support the Library.  People who live within the boundaries pay no additional fee to be eligible to receive their library card.  Library cards are renewed every 3 years without additional fees, provided the library card holder continues to reside within the boundaries of the Chatham Area Public Library District and is a patron in good standing.

CONFIDENTIALITY

The Chatham Area Public Library District, in accordance with the Illinois Public Library District Act, will keep all records about patron transactions and the identity of registered Library patrons confidential. No such records or identities will be disclosed except as provided by law, and the Library District legal counsel has been consulted.

In accordance with the Library Records Confidentiality Act, a library patron’s registration and circulation records information may not disclosed to anyone other than the patron regardless of age or relationship except as provided by law.

TYPES OF CARDS

Personal Card

  1. A person age 16 and over may obtain a library card by completing an application and providing proof of residency by showing a valid driver's license or state issued ID, current utility bills, mail, voter's registration card, property tax bill, or other documentation acceptable to the Library Director or designated staff as evidence of library district residency.
  2. A library card is valid for 3 years from the date of issue and may be renewed by presenting the card at the circulation desk with one current proof of identification.
  3. Use of a personal library card is limited to the patron whose name appears in the library card account.
  4. As a resident card holder, the borrower may physically take his or her library card to any public library in Illinois and ask to borrow materials.  Those materials are the responsibility of the individual who borrows them, and are subject to all of the fines, rules and regulations of the lending library. Often libraries limit the borrowing privileges of reciprocal borrowers, and it is important to be aware of local rules and procedures before making selections.

Children's Card

  1. A child under age 16 may be given a personal library card if the parent or legal guardian signs the card application and accepts financial responsibility for any fees or charges that the child incurs with that card.  The parent or legal guardian who can verify with approved identification that they reside at the same address is accepted as proof of residency for the child.
  2. A child who has a library card may access all available library materials, including books, movies and other materials.
  3. A child aged 12 through 15 may be given permission to use the Library's Internet-accessible computers by the parent or legal guardian during the card application process.
  4. A child has the same rights to privacy and confidentiality as any other patron.
  5. The parent or guardian who has signed the application has the right to restrict use of the library by withdrawing the child's personal library card at any time.

Family Card

  1.  One account with one library card number is issued per family.  A family is defined as all members of a household who can verify with approved identification that they reside at the same address.
  2. A family card is valid for 3 years from the date of issue.
  3. A library family card may be renewed by presenting the card at the circulation desk with one current proof of identification.
  4. A child aged 12 through 15 may be given permission to use the Library's Internet-accessible computers by the parent or legal guardian during the card application process.
  5. The parent or legal guardian who signs the application for a family card is the primary cardholder and is responsible for any fees or charges to the account.

RESIDENTIAL STATUS

Resident

A resident is any person who resides within the boundaries of the Chatham Area Public Library District.

Non-Resident

Non-residents are those living outside the boundaries of a library service area. To obtain a library card, a non-resident must apply to the closest library and pay a non-resident fee.  Non-residents of the Chatham Area Public Library District are eligible to receive a Chatham Area Public Library card if they meet the above criteria.  The annual non-resident fee is established by the Chatham Area Public Library Board of Trustees based on the Illinois State Library’s property tax formula. 

Property Owners Living Outside the CAPLD Boundaries

Those who live outside of the boundaries of the Chatham Area Public Library District, but who own property within the boundaries of the Chatham Area Public Library District, may have one personal library card for use by the individual whose name appears on the tax bill without additional payment.

Reciprocal Borrower

  1. Any person holding a valid library card from a library participating in the Illinois Reciprocal Borrowing Program may borrow library materials.   
  2. If patron’s library is not a part of the SHARE regional automation consortium which includes the Chatham Area Public Library, an application must be completed, the patron’s home library must be contacted to verify that the patron is in good standing, and the information from the library card application must be entered into the SHARE patron data base.
  3. Reciprocal borrowing privileges are valid until the user’s home library card expires.
  4. All Chatham Area Public Library policies apply to reciprocal borrowers.
  5. The Chatham Area Public Library follows the ILLNET code which requires that a reciprocal borrower, whose home library is not a fully participating member of the SHARE automation system place requests for items via interlibrary loan through the home library.
  6. Use of the reciprocal card is limited to the patron whose name appears in the library card account.
  7. The Ball-Chatham School District is served by two libraries: Chatham Area Public Library District and Lincoln Library in Springfield.  Those living within the boundaries of the Ball-Chatham School District, but not in the Chatham Area Public Library District, must apply for a library card at the Lincoln Library in Springfield.

 

LEGAL REF.:         75ILCS 16/30-55.60, 75 ILCS 16/30-55.60, 720 ILCS5/16-0.1B

CROSS REF.:         4-90, 4-100, 4-110, 5-10

ADOPTED:             MARCH 20, 2000

AMENDED:             JUNE 21, 2004

AMENDED:           JUNE 15, 2009

AMENDED:           AUGUST 18, 2014

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