Fine Free

Hooray! We’re saying goodbye to Overdue Fines on most materials.

We know you love the library, but you probably don’t love the overdue fines. We have good news for you.
On June 1, 2021, the Orland Park Public Library Board of Trustees unanimously approved the Administration’s proposal to eliminate overdue fines on most library materials.

Why is the library eliminating fines? Won’t people just keep things forever?

Most libraries have found that fines are not an effective way to enforce loan periods. For some patrons, the inability to pay a fine can cut off access to the library when they need library services the most. More and more libraries have moved to a fine free system where patrons with overdue items are not charged fines but blocked from further checkouts until items are returned.

Does this mean I can keep library items as long as I want?

No. Due dates and loan periods will remain the same. The library will continue to encourage renewal or timely return of materials and consideration for others through its automatic notice system. Libraries across the country who have already done away with overdue fines haven’t seen a drastic increase in items returned late upon going fine free. Chicago Public Library actually saw a 240 percent increase in returned books in the month after they eliminated fines in September of 2019, and Salt Lake City’s Public Library saw late returns drop from 9 percent to 4 percent after fines were eliminated. See more information like this here:

Do I still have to pay for a lost or damaged item?
Yes. This new policy only applies to overdue fines. Charges for lost and damaged materials will remain. Accounts with more than $10 in lost items will be blocked from further checkouts.
Going forward Fine Free items include:
  • Books
  • Audiobooks
  • DVDs
  • Blu-Rays
  • Book Bundles
  • Magazines
  • Launch Pads
  • Puzzles
  • Video Games
  • Music CDs

Items that will still include a late return fine:
  • Lucky Day Items
  • Interlibrary Loans
  • Rokus
  • Hotspots
  • Video Consoles
  • Family & Friends CPR Kits
  • VHS to DVD Converters
  • Flick Pix Boxes
  • Kilowatt Meters
  • “Library of Things” Materials

Loan Periods & Fines Chart
Orland Park Public Library books and materials are loaned to holders of valid library cards.



Lucky Day

Loan Period/
Daily Fine

Max Item Limit

Audiobook CD 3 weeks/No Fines 30
Audiobook MP3 3 weeks/No Fines 30
Blu-ray 3 Days/$1 1 week/No Fines 30
Blu-ray Nonfiction 3 Days/$1 3 weeks/No Fines 30
Book 1 week/$1 3 weeks/No Fines 99
Book Bundle 3 weeks/No Fines 30
DVD/Blu-ray TV Series 2 weeks/No Fines 30
DVD 3 Days/$1 1 week/No Fines 30
DVD Nonfiction 3 Days/$1 3 weeks/No Fines 30
Equipment 1 week/$1 1
Family and Friends CPR Kits 3 weeks/$1 2
Flick Pix Boxes 1 week/$1 10
HotSpot 1 week/$1 1
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) 3 weeks/10¢ 10
Kilowatt Meters 2 weeks/10¢ 1
Kit-Readalongs, Science & Penpal 3 weeks/No Fines 30
LaunchPads 3 weeks/No Fines 5
Library of Things Material(s) 2 weeks/$1
Magazine 1 week/$1 3 weeks/No Fines 30
Music CD 3 Days/$1 1 week/No Fines 30
NES/SNES 1 week/$1 1
Playaway Audiobook 3 weeks/No Fines 30
Playaway View 3 weeks/No Fines 1
Puppet/Toy/Game 3 weeks/No Fines 30
Puzzle 3 weeks/No Fines 30
Roku 2 weeks/$1 1
Spoken CD 3 weeks/No Fines 30
VCR/DVD Recorder 1 week/$1 1
Video Game 1 week/No Fines 10

What if I have more questions?
We welcome your questions at or (708) 428-5100.