Your Library Card

The Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library District covers most of Steger, all of South Chicago Heights, and a small area of Sauk Village. To see which library district your home is in, call us or click here to search for your address. It will also be on your voter registration card.

What can you do with a Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library card?

  • check out books, movies, CDs, video games, and other items at this and other area libraries, for free!
  • get items from other libraries sent to Steger-South Chicago Heights to pick up, free.
  • access free ebook, audiobook, music, and movie downloads.
  • get free or discounted passes to local attractions.

How do I get a library card?

If your photo ID has your current Steger or South Chicago Heights address, fill out the application and send us a photo or scan of your ID.

Acceptable Photo IDs:

  • Valid Drivers License
  • State ID
  • Military ID
  • Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID)
  • Matrícula Consular

Acceptable Proof of Residency

If your photo ID does not have your current/correct address on it, you will need to show two (2) of the following items.

  • Current utility bill (electric, water, gas)
  • Voter’s Registration Card
  • Tax Bill
  • Mortgage Statement
  • Bank Statement
  • United States Postal Service Change of Address Confirmation

Based on our borrowing agreement with other area libraries, if you have had a card at another area library, all fines must be paid before we are able to issue a new one.

There is a $3 replacement fee for lost cards that will be added to your account and can be paid at your convenience by cash, check, or credit card.

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Using Your Library Card

Borrowing Limits

  • DVDs: Five (5) per card
  • CDs & Books: Limit of 30 total items on card.

Placing Holds

Holds on items can be placed in three ways:

  • From the catalog located on our homepage.
  • On the SWAN App.
  • Or ask a librarian to place the hold for you via email, phone, or chat.

Renewing Your Borrowed Items

Length of Library Loans

  • Books/Magazines/CDs/ebooks: 3 weeks
  • New release DVDs,BluRays, TV Series, and video games: 3 days
  • DVDs, BluRays, & video games (no longer new): 1 week
  • TV Series (no longer new): 2 weeks
  • Interlibrary Loan: dependent on the lending library

Library Fines for Overdue Items

  • Books, magazines, audiobooks, and CDs: no fines ❤️
  • DVDs, blurays, & video games: $1 per day
  • Interlibrary loan materials: fine assessed by lending library