Library Services

Getting a Library Card

Am I eligible to get a library card here?

To receive a library card, you must live within the boundaries of the West Sangamon Public Library District, which are roughly the same as those for Community Unit School District #16. Any adult may come in and register, but kids 15 and under need to bring Mom or Dad.

I don't live in the district--can I get a card anyway?

The best option would be to go to your local library and apply for a card. If you don't live within a library district, you may pay the non-resident annual fee of $35.00.

How can I get a library card?

To receive a library card, you must come into the library and fill out a short application with your full name, address, phone number and date of birth. There is no application fee for residents of the library district. The following forms of identification are accepted: driver's license with current address, tax bill, utility bill or voter's registration card. A parent or guardian must accompany a child age 15 or under to receive a library card.

About Borrowing

How long is the loan period for library materials?

Materials such as books and audiobooks have a loan period of two weeks.  DVDs are one week. Seasonal restrictions may apply.

What is available at the library?

The West Sangamon Public Library has a wide collection of books for all ages, as well as audio books on CDs and DVDs for all ages, including new hit films and current subscriptions to popular magazines. There is also a genealogy reference collection and local history collection. Large-print books and Talking Books are available for the visually impaired.

What is the fee for overdue library materials?

All overdue library materials are charged a fine of 5 cents per day. The maximum overdue charge for a book that is eventually returned is $1.00 for children's materials and $3.00 for adult materials. Renewals may be made in person, by phone (217-488-7733) or online, unless the book has been requested by another patron.

My book is due today but the library is already closed. What do I do?

Outside of library hours, books may be returned in the book drop located in the north parking lot of the library. Books may be returned at any time in the book drop in front of the Loami Town Hall. You may also call the library and leave a message to renew items.  Check-in of books will be back dated to the last time each book drop was emptied to avoid overdue fees.

How can I renew my checked-out library materials?

Library materials may be renewed in person, by phone or online. To renew materials online, one must set up an online account in person at the library. See "How can I check my account?" or use the link in the Common Questions area on our home page.  Only one renewal via our website is allowed.

How can I request materials?

Materials can be requested by filling out a request slip in person, by phone or online after setting up an online account in person. The West Sangamon Public Library belongs to the Illinois Heartland Library System, which is a consortium of approximately 594 libraries in downstate Illinois. Heartland covers 28,141 square miles. There are 38 Academic, 231 Public, 260 School and 65 Special libraries in our system.  Materials can be requested and usually arrive within a week.

Other Services

What other services does the library offer?

The West Sangamon Public Library offers many special services to the community.

  • A meeting room may be booked free of charge to library patrons and their non-profit groups.
  • Six computers with Internet access are available to the public with both black and white and color printing at $0.10 and $0.50 respectively per page.  
  • A black and white photo copier is available at a cost of $0.10 per copy. 
  • A fax machine (217-488-7744) is available to receive faxes for $0.10 per page and send faxes for $1.00 per transaction. 
  • The library also has access to a collection of over 40,000 eBooks available online and on your home computer. Ask the circulation assistant on your next visit for more information on how to access the online eBook collection. 
  • A typewriter is also available for use. 
  • Home-bound Delivery service is available by calling the library at 488-7733.


Our friendly library staff is always available to help with your research and reference needs.