My Library Account
Through the online catalog, you can review your account, renew materials, and put your name on wait lists by placing holds. You will need to know your library card number and your personal identification number (PIN). If you don’t know your PIN or have forgotten it, please bring your library card to the Reference Desk. If you have an email address on file already, you can also click on the “Forgot Your Pin?” link. In the meantime, you can call the Reference Desk at 343-6118 or email library staff at email@example.com to renew your books or place items on hold.
You can also request items from other libraries by placing holds. Please note that not all holds can be filled. An item in the catalog may be missing or overdue. If you do not receive an item within a couple of weeks of placing the hold, please contact the Reference Desk for an update. (We may be able to find it elsewhere in Illinois.) Thank you for your patience.
Anyone living in Galesburg, including a Knox College student, or owning property within the city limits is eligible for a free library card.
If you do not live within the city limits of Galesburg, you may purchase an annual non-resident card that is good for the entire family. The non-resident fee is equal to the current library tax rate applied to the assessed valuation of your principal residence (excluding farm buildings and farm land values). A non-resident property owner pays the same amount for a library card that a city resident pays on a comparable property within the city limits of Galesburg. A copy of the most recent tax bill will be required for verification.
If you don’t live within the city limits and you rent, you pay 15% of your monthly rent for the annual non-resident fee card. A copy of a current rent receipt or payment will be required for verification.
Four month short-term residency cards are available for $25 for temporary visitors such as visiting artists, students, workers or consultants. Additional information is available at the library or by email from the circulation desk.
Applications for a library card are available at the circulation desk. Photo identification and proof of current address must be presented at the time of application. A parent or legal guardian must provide identification and sign the application for individuals under the age of 16. In some cases, a tax bill may be required.
Borrowing Privileges and Responsibilities
Your library card must be presented whenever you wish to check out library materials or use the public computers.
- You are responsible for the return of all materials charged to your card and for any fines and fees associated with items on your record.
- Parents and guardians are financially responsible for the items checked out on their minor child’s library card.
- Parents and guardians are responsible for guiding the selection of library materials by the minors in their care.
- You should notify the library immediately if your card is lost or stolen.
You may be prohibited from checking out materials or using the library’s computers if your overdue fines or bills are $5 or greater.
How long may I keep materials?
Books, audiobooks, languages tapes, CDs – 21 Days
Magazines, videos, DVDs – 7 Days
E-books – 7, 14, or 21 Days (Preference can be set in your account settings on ADML website)
DVDs – A limit of two new DVDs and four DVDs may be checked out at any given time.
CDs – Four CDs may be checked out at a time.
Most materials may be renewed once, provided there are no hold requests waiting. Magazines with a 7-day loan period may not be renewed. Materials may be renewed in person at the library, by telephone (309-343-6118), or online at My Account.
Fines & Fees
Overdue fines are assessed from the first day the item is overdue at a rate of 10¢ per day. Charges for items returned damaged will depend upon the extent of the damage. Lost or stolen items will be billed at cost of replacement plus a processing charge.
Click here to make a secure online payment for fines, lost or damaged items, and gifts or memorial donations.
Please call the library at 309-343-6118 or visit the Reference Desk if you have any questions.