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LOAN PERIODS
2 week checkout, 2 renewals allowed (if no one is waiting):
    Books
    Magazines
    Audiobooks (CD and cassette)
    Discovery Packs

2 week checkout, 1 renewal allowed (if no one is waiting):
    Movies -- DVDs and Blu-rays  

 

LIMITS
Ten (10) movies may be checked out at one time, per library card.
Two (2) Discovery Packs may be checked out at one time, per household.

 

FINES AND FEES

  • Overdue fines are $.10 per day, per item.
  • $1.00 charge for each DVD or Blu-ray returned in the outdoor bookdrops.
  • If your account has over $2.00 in charges, you will not be allowed to check out any Library items or use the internet computers until the account is paid in full.

 

LOST/DAMAGED ITEMS
You will be charged the original cost of the item plus a $5.00 processing fee.

If you are interested in replacing the item with a new copy please talk to the Assistant Director. You will still be responsible for the $5.00 processing fee.

 

GETTING YOUR LIBRARY CARD
The Library is supported by real estate taxes. Residents who live within the Library District's boundaries receive a free library card. Simply bring in appropriate ID (see list below).

  • FOR ADULTS

Two items are required. One picture ID and one item with current address. If your picture ID also has your current address, then the second item only needs to have your first and last name.

 

Picture ID --- driver's license, state ID card, school ID card, passport. For other, please call ahead to ensure it will be acceptable.

Current address --- driver's license, state ID card, passport, bill, checkbook, piece of mail delivered by post office (other than junk mail). For other, please call ahead to ensure it will be acceptable.

  • FOR CHILDREN - AGES 5 TO 17

A parent (or legal guardian) must first have a library card. This parent must accompany the child to the Library for the initial sign-up and have picture ID with them. This parent is signing to accept financial responsibility for all items checked out on the child's library card.

 

NON-RESIDENT LIBRARY CARDS
Those who do not reside in the Library District's boundaries may pay an annual fee to receive Library Services. Please note: state law requires that a non-resident library card be purchased at a public library in the same school district as the residence OR at a public library closer to the residence than those in the same school district.

The annual fee is determined by multiplying the "taxable value" of the residence by the Library's current tax rate. The Madison County Government real estate assessment web site provides taxable value information by address.

The same two forms of identification are required to obtain the card as stated above for residents.

Non-Resident library cards are valid for one year. Everyone in the family may obtain their own library card for the single fee. Non-Resident library card holders receive all the same privileges as resident card holders.

 

 
 
 
Location & Hours

LOCATION
321 S. Prairie St.
Bethalto, IL 62010
618-377-8141

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HOURS
Mon-Thu: 9am-8pm
Fri: 9am-7pm
Sat: 10am-5pm
Sun: 1pm-5pm

"Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good plays, good company, good conversation -- what are they? They are the happiest people in the world."

—William Lyon Phelps