Getting a Library Card


Get a temporary library card to access online content!



Click the icon to get started!
  • Fill out a simple form
  • Verify you are 13 years old or older
  • Restricted to Bridgeview Residents only
  • Successful registration will give you a temporary barcode and instructions to reset your pin
  • New library card holders only - duplicate users will be rejected
Upon registration, you will be granted full access to the library’s digital resources including e-books and databases.
*During the COVID-19 quarantine:
  • Newly registered cards are valid for 90-days
  • Newly registered cards cannot place holds on physical materials or checkout physical materials.

2020 Annual Ordinance Authorizing Public Library Non-Resident Cards
$236.00 per family
If you are a Non-Resident of Bridgeview, live in a town that does not have a library, and Bridgeview Public Library is the closest Library to your home, you may obtain a Non-Resident Library Card for $236.00 per family.  Please call 708-458-2880 for more information.

2020 Annual Ordinance Authorizing Public Library Non-Resident Cards


 
Non-Resident Fee Mathematical formula:
 
Divide library income from public property tax source by local population to get the cost per capita figure

Multiply per capita figure by the average number of persons per household (found on census website) to obtain the average cost per household for family library card fee.
 
Library income from public property tax sources 
property tax income $1,379,759.00
 
divided by
total population                16,400
 
equals cost per capita   $84.13
 
Multiplied by average number of persons per household  2.81
 
equals average cost per household for a family library card $236.41

GETTING A LIBRARY CARD
Library Card Policy
The materials and resources of the Bridgeview Public Library are available on an equal basis to all individuals with a valid library card. This applies to persons with a Bridgeview Public Library card or another Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) member card and to other cardholders with reciprocal borrowing privileges.

Library Cards
All residents of the Village of Bridgeview are entitled to a free library card. The card is issued for two years. Two pieces of identification must be shown at the time of registration. One must have a picture on it. Persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian when applying for a card.
If you are not a resident of the Village of Bridgeview, you may be eligible for one of the following types of cards.

Business Owners/Managers and Property Owners
The Bridgeview Public Library Board of Trustees will grant a library card to the owner or manager of a business operating in the Village of Bridgeview or a property owner subject to the following.
  1. The card is a one-year card.
  2. The owner or manager must apply in person and, if necessary, supply proof of their status in the company at the initial application and all subsequent renewals.
  3. After presenting a current tax bill as proof of ownership of property within the geographic boundaries of the Village of Bridgeview, the owner will be issued a single, one-year Bridgeview Public Library card. The owner must also show proof of residence in an area not served by a system member library, so that duplicate records are not created in the database. Renewal of the card will require the most current tax bill to be shown at time of renewal registration.
Non-Residents
If you are a Non-Resident of Bridgeview, live in a town that does not have a library, and Bridgeview Public Library is the closest Library to your home, you may obtain a Non-Resident Library Card for $236.00 per family.  Please call 708-458-2880 for more information.

The Bridgeview Public Library Board of Trustees adopt the annual Non-Resident Fee in line with Illinois PA 92-0166 effective August 1, 2002. The Board will adopt an annual Resolution specifying its acceptance or declined participation in the Non-Resident Library Card Reciprocal Borrowing Program.

Responsibilities of Cardholders
Cardholders are responsible for all materials borrowed on their card. This includes returning the materials in a timely manner and in the same condition as when the materials were borrowed. Materials kept beyond the loan period will be considered overdue, and fines or replacement fees will be assessed. Replacement fees will also be assessed for lost or damaged materials. Specific information on fines and fees is available at the Circulation desk. Items borrowed from other libraries will be billed in accordance with rates established by the owning library. Since use of other library's materials is a courtesy, it is expected that these bills and fees will be paid promptly.

The library sends out overdue notices as a courtesy. Patrons are responsible for timely return of materials whether or not they receive the overdue notice. Having overdue materials, fines or fees on library cards may cause borrowing or service restrictions here or at other libraries. Cardholders or parents/guardians of cardholders under 18 years old are also responsible for notifying the Library of any change of address, e-mail address or telephone number.
 
There are no age restrictions on the borrowing of materials from the Bridgeview Public Library. Parents or legal guardians are responsible for monitoring the materials used by their children.

Renewal of Library Cards
Library cards when issued are valid for two years. An expired card may be renewed upon proof of continued residency within the Village of Bridgeview. All fees and fines must be paid before a card can be renewed.

Lost or Stolen Library Cards
Cardholders are responsible for materials checked out on their cards until the card is reported lost or stolen to the Bridgeview Public library. To replace a lost or stolen card, a patron must prove residency in the Village of Bridgeview.

Confidentiality of Patron Records
As required by the Illinois Library Records Confidentiality Act (75ILCS 70/1 et seq), a library patron's registration and circulation records are confidential. No individual's records will be released to any person or agency except pursuant to a court order. Library staff may provide information to a minor's parent or legal guardian about fines or overdue materials. For more information, see the Library's Confidentiality of Library Records policy.
 
Adopted August 13, 2012

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

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
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.

Please contact Circulation for more information.
 

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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            
Launch Pads    (Renewal can only be done in the library)

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 not to exceed $4.20.

Overdue DVDs, Blu-rays, Video Games, and Launch Pads are charged at the rate of $1.00 per day for each item not to exceed $10.00. >
ACCESSING YOUR LIBRARY ACCOUNT ONLINE
To access account, have your library card number and PIN number ready.
PIN number is the last four digits of the phone number on file.
  • Visit the URL: catalog.swanlibraries.net
  • Scroll down to find the Bridgeview Library or type library name in search box.
  • 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.
  • When logged in your name will appear on top of the page.
  • Click on My Account to view your Checkouts, Holds, and Fines.
Checkouts
View items checked out and their due dates. Renew items by clicking the box next to item and then clicking the blue Renew button located at the top or bottom of the list.

Holds
View items that are on hold on library card.  Status of hold(s) and pickup location(s) are displayed. Click the box next to item to: Cancel Hold, Edit Pickup Location, Suspend Hold, or Cancel Hold Suspension. Green exclamation points next to items designate holds available for pick up and last pick up date.

Fines
View a list of fines. Red exclamation points designates fines on the account. To pay fines, click the box next to the item with a 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.