holds &
BORROWING

We're glad you're here!

Use a DGPL card to borrow books, movies, music, and so much more! Downers Grove residents can become cardholders, but everyone is invited to explore and use the library.

Did you know...

  • If you have a library card from another library, you can still check out materials at DGPL! Any Illinois library card will work at DGPL. 

  • Is your home library in the SWAN library consortium? Return materials at DGPL and we'll take care of the rest!
    • SWAN Libraries nearby: Indian Prairie (Darien/Burr Ridge/Willowbrook), Oakbrook, Westmont, Woodridge, District 58 and 99 school libraries

  • All community members are welcome to use the library's public spaces. Annual guest passes for computers are available with an ID. 

Placing HOLDS

Can't find what you're looking for? Want to 'pre-order' a title you're excited about? Put it on hold!  

Once a title is placed on hold, staff will grab it from the shelves or have another library send a copy as soon as it's available. Holds will be available for seven days after a patron is notified they are ready. After seven days, the library will return the item to its shelf for other patrons to enjoy.


TWO WAYS TO PICK UP HOLDS:

In the library: during open hours

  • Log in to your account.
  • Search the catalog for your materials. Click on "Place Hold."
  • Select "Downers Grove Public Library" for pickup location.
  • An email will notify you when materials are ready for pick up.
  • Come to the library's hold section on the first floor, next to the Café and Checkout Desk.
  • Check out your materials before leaving the building.

3D Prints and Poster Prints are available to pick up at the second floor Computer Help Desk. 

Want to save your place in line but don't want your hold immediately? Freeze a hold in your account by entering the unavailable dates. Holds will not be fulfilled until you're ready.

In the Holds Lockers: available 24/7

  • Log in to your account.
  • Search the catalog for your materials. Click on "Place Hold."
  • Select "Downers Grove Public Library Locker" for pickup location.
  • An email will notify you when materials are ready for pick up.
  • Come to the Curtiss St. entrance of the library and bring your library card! The Hold Lockers are to the right of the Curtiss St. entrance.
  • Follow the prompt on the screen; scan your library card or enter your library card number
  • A locker door will open automatically. Take your materials and close the locker.
Curious about how the lockers work? Click here for a tutorial video!

Need help? Staff are happy to assist you. Call 630-960-1200.

Borrowing & Fines

Borrowing

Returning items by their due date is expected. After an item is 21 days overdue, the library card will be blocked from checking out additional materials.

Items may be renewed online, over the phone at (630) 960-1200, or in person at the Checkout Desk. Most items may be renewed up to five times and will auto-renew upon their due date if they are not returned. Items may not renew if another patron has a hold on the item, is part of a non-renewable collection, or if the patron’s card is blocked.

Renew items online

3 week checkouts:

  • Books and audiobooks
  • Magazines
  • CDs
  • DVDs and BluRays
  • Video Games
  • Bags

2 week checkouts:

  • New books, audiobooks, movies, and music (located in the lobby)
  • New video games
  • Hot Reads

For unlisted items, please ask staff.

Fines

The library does not charge late fines for library materials. 

Items that are damaged, lost, or 42+ days overdue will be billed to patrons, and the library card will remain blocked from checking out additional materials until the fine is paid. The library does not accept replacements for lost or damaged items.

Fines may be paid through the following options:

  • Checkout Desk: cash, checks, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express
  • The self-check machines: credit card
  • Over the phone 630-960-1200: credit card
  • Online: credit card

Pay fines online

Learn more about what Fine Free means