Borrowing Materials

Renewing Items

Automatic Renewal

  • Eligible items automatically renew when they are due, unless it has been requested by someone.
  • If you have opted for email notifications, you will receive an email reminder three days before the item’s original due date notifying you if materials were renewed or not.

Renewals may be done in person, by phone (847)223-5313, or online in your library account. To log into your account you will be prompted to enter your library card number and password (usually the last 4 digits of your phone number).

Have your library card and items handy when you call.

Returning Items

Our return bins are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also return most library items to any CCS library.

Item Holds

Holds can be placed on most items in the library catalog. You can place holds in person, by phone (847)223-5313 or through our library catalog. In our catalog, you will be prompted to enter your library card number and password (usually the last 4 digits of your phone number). Make sure your pickup location is set to the Grayslake Library.

You will be notified via email, phone, or text when the item(s) is ready to be picked up. We will hold the item(s) at our Circulation desk for 7 days. After 7 days, holds will be canceled and placed back on the shelf for other patrons, or moved on to the next patron on the hold list. 

Holds for Grayslake card holders will have priority over non-Grayslake card holders. 

Save Your Reading History

This opt-in feature allows you to save the titles of the items you have checked out. You can turn on and turn off this feature at any time by logging into your account.


We do not charge per day late fines for most materials. Certain high-demand items such as telescopes, Chromebooks, GoPros, and Virtual reality kits still accrue daily fines of $1.00 per night with a maximum of $10.00.

Patrons are still responsible for honoring the due date or renewing the item. You may check your due dates by logging into your account on the library website. You are also welcome to call our friendly circulation staff to check due dates.

When an item is two weeks overdue, the account will be blocked from any further use until the item is returned. The account block includes checking out items at the desk and self-check, as well as access to our digital downloads and databases.

The library charges for lost or damaged items. Items not returned within 90 days of the billing date are considered lost and will not be accepted for return. The patron is responsible for the full cost of the item.

Items on your account will auto-renew unless they are on hold for another patron or are from a non-CCS library.

Loan Periods & Limits

The library loans a wide variety of materials. Loan periods vary from 1-3 weeks. We also place limits of the number of items you can checkout at a time. See a chart of loan periods and limits (PDF).

Notification Options 

You can be notified of holds, renewals, and overdue items by email, phone, and text. Just log into your account and click on Contact Information and Preferences. 

Email Notification

Patrons may receive notifications via email by providing a current email address to Circulation staff or requesting the service through the following form.