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Borrow, Renew, Return, Pay Fines

Information about checkout and return of library materials, borrowing privileges, fines and fees, and related services.

Borrow

After signing up for a free library card, you can borrow materials from EMPL as well as request a interlibrary loan.

Didn’t find what you were looking for at East Moline Library? Let us help you search the PrairieCat system to check the libraries in Illinois for your item!

After requesting an item from another library, your item will be shipped to the East Moline Library. You’ll receive an automated phone call or email to notify you that you’re item is available. Visit the front desk to receive your item! If the item you are looking for is not available at any of the Illinois libraries that we associate with, and you are an East Moline patron, the library has a free service to request items from libraries across the globe.

You must have an East Moline Public Library card to request items out of system here at EMPL. For questions and comments, you can call 309-755-9614 and ask for Mary or Tami, or email ill@eastmolinelibrary.org.

Renew

If you have items checked out and would like to renew them, you may call the automated phone renewal number at:1-888-542-7259

Steps to renew:

If you have items checked out and would like to renew them, you may call the automated phone renewal number at:

1. Make sure you have your library card when you call.
2. Dial the toll free number and follow the steps.
3. Write down the due date.

Renewal will NOT go through if:

1. With delinquent accounts. Or Accounts that need updated.
2. Items that have holds will not go through.
3. It is an overdue item.
4. The item has already been renewed.
5. The card being used to renew is different than the card used to check out the item.

You may also renew items online at: PrairieCat Catalog

Steps to renew:

1. Select “My Account” in the top right corner of your screen.
2. Enter your library card number.
3. Enter the last four digits of your library card number for you PIN.
4. Go to your Checkouts, select the item you’d like to renew, and hit the renew button at the top of your Checkouts list.Go to your Checkouts, select the item you’d like to renew, and hit the renew button at the top of your Checkouts list.

Return

Return material to any library or book drop. All material is due by the date indicated at time of checkout or renewal.

Fines will begin to accrue if items are not returned by the due date.

Multiple part materials must be returned complete at time of return to avoid late fines.

Overdue Fines

Overdue fines are assessed on any materials not returned by date due. You may pay your fine at the library with cash, card or check. We do not accept payments over the phone. If you would like to use a credit/debit card, you may stop in a the front circulation desk or you can pay online after signing in to your PrairieCat account.

If your fine reaches $5, you will be automatically restricted from checking out, renewing, or requesting material.

Steps to pay online:

1. Select “My Account” in the top right corner of your screen.
2. Enter your library card number and the last four digits of your card number for your PIN.
3. Select “Fines/Fees.”
4. Use the online payment option to pay your fine.