Getting a Library Card


GETTING A LIBRARY CARD
Library cards are available free of charge to Bridgeview residents upon presentation of a picture ID and two items proving residency showing your current Bridgeview address.

Picture IDs:

Illinois State Driver's License
State of Illinois Identification Card


Proof of Bridgeview Residency:
Utility Bill
Lease
Voter Registration Card
Current Mail with a Bridgeview address
Insurance Cards with a Bridgeview address
Checkbook/Checks printed with a Bridgeview address


Juvenile Cards:  A parent or legal guardian must present a picture ID and proof of residency as stated above and fill out the application card for their children. Parents are responsible for all materials loaned to juvenile patrons.

Bridgeview Public Library is a member of the RAILS Library System. 
Your library card will be honored at:
  • any of the public libraries in the RAILS Library System
  • all academic libraries in the RAILS Library System
  • any public library in several other library systems in Illinois, including Chicago Public Library

RENEWING YOUR LIBRARY CARD

Please bring your library card and a picture ID to the circulation desk.

Circulation staff will renew the card for another 2 years.

A parent must renew cards for children under the age of 18.

All fines and fees on the account must be paid before a card can be renewed.  

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LOST CARDS & LOST OR DAMAGED MATERIALS

Please report a lost or stolen card.  Cardholders are responsible for materials checked out on their cards until the card is reported lost or stolen.

Lost Cards
A fee of $5.00 is charged for replacement of a current library card. All outstanding fines /fees MUST be paid at time of card replacement.

To replace a lost or stolen card, a patron must prove residency in the village of Bridgeview in the same way as in the original card application.

Patrons under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to replace a lost card.

Lost or Damaged Materials

When an item is lost or damaged you may pay the cost to replace the item, OR you can purchase a new, identical copy. In addition, a processing fee will be charged for items needing replacement. Processing fee is $5.00

In the event that a lost item is found within 2 weeks after the due date, a refund for the price of the material will be issued. 

The processing fee is non-refundable.

Fees that are charged for replacement parts are non-refundable.  

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LOAN PERIODS
Checkout Fees:
DVDs, Blu-rays, DVD-TV series and video games cost $1.00 to
check out and another $1.00 at renewal.
*Patrons 65+ do not have to pay checkout fees


Materials with a 3 week loan period that are renewable:           

Books                  
Books on CD        
Playaways         
Music CDs    

Materials with a 2 week loan period that are renewable:
DVD-TV series  (Renewal can only be done in the library plus $1.00)


Materials with a 1 week loan period that are renewable:
Magazines            
DVDs                (Renewal can only be done in the library plus $1.00)
Blu-ray              (Renewal can only be done in the library plus $1.00)
Video Games    (Renewal can only be done in the library plus $1.00)


 
OVERDUE FINES
Overdue fines are charged at the rate of 10 cents per day for each item.

Overdue DVDs, Blu-rays and Video Games are charged at the rate of $1.00 per day for each item. >
ACCESSING YOUR LIBRARY ACCOUNT ONLINE
To access your account, you will need your library card number and your PIN number. Your PIN number should be the last four digits of your phone number that you provided when signing up for your library card. If you forgot, you can call us at (708) 458-2880.
  • Visit the URL: catalog.swanlibraries.net
  • Scroll down to find the Bridgeview Library section.
  • Click on Catalog (in blue) underneath: Bridgeview
  • On the top of the webpage, click on Log In.
  • Input your information in the correct fields and click the Login Button.
  • You should now see the same webpage with your name on top of the page.
  • Click on My Account to view your Checkouts, Holds, and Fines.
Checkouts
Under this tab, you can view the items checked out under your card and their due dates. You can try to renew your items by clicking the box next to your item and then clicking the blue Renew button located at the top and bottom of the list.
Holds
Under this tab, you can view the items that are on hold for you. It displays the pickup location, and the status of your hold. By clicking the box next to your item, you may; Cancel Hold, Edit Pickup Location, Suspend Hold, or Cancel Hold Suspension. If there is an exclamation point, there is a hold available. Each item with a green exclamation point next to it is available for pick up and has the date to pick it up by.
Fines
Under this tab, you can view the fines that you owe. If there is a red exclamation point on the tab, that means there is a fine on your account. You can select which fines you would like to pay by clicking the box next to the fine. A minimum of $1.00 is required to pay online. There is also a $0.50 convenience fee. Fill out the information and click the blue submit button on the bottom of the window.

IF USING A PUBLIC COMPUTER, MAKE SURE TO LOG OUT OF YOUR ACCOUNT BY CLICKING THE LOG OUT BUTTON LOCATED AT THE TOP OF THE WEBPAGE.

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