Borrow Materials - Ella Johnson Memorial Public Library

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109 South State Street
Hampshire, IL 60140
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Phone: 847-683-4490

Mon-Thurs:9:30am - 8:00pm
Friday:9:30am - 5:00pm
Saturday:9:30am - 3:00pm
Sunday:12:00pm - 4:00pm

Borrow Materials


Ella Johnson Library sets loan period and limits in accordance with the rules of the library consortium of which the library is part in order to provide patrons with fair and reasonable access to the library’s resources.  The Library sets limits on the length of time that an individual can keep a specific type of item in order to more fairly distribute limited resources.

The following items do not circulate: reference materials, including local history materials and newspapers

Returning Materials

The library provides books drops in four locations:

  • Hampshire – to the right of the library entrance
  • Burlington – in front of the Post Office
  • Pingree Grove – in front of the Fire Station
  • Cambridge Lakes Community Center– at the entrance


Patrons may renew items in accordance to the loan rules for that type of item.  Items that have holds place on them cannot be renewed.

Extended Loan

Extended six-week loan periods are allowed for any item owned by Ella Johnson Library except new items as long as there are no holds on the item.

Item Hold

Ella Johnson Library patrons may place both Ella Johnson-owned items and circulating items held by other libraries in the consortium.  Holds will be held for 5 days after becoming available following which the item will be reshelved or sent back to the owning library.

Loan Rules and Fine/Fee Structure

Inter-Library Loan Items (ILL)

Inter-Library Loans are items that may be special ordered for you from outside of our normal system. These are items that no other local libraries own and will be sent here for you to pick up and check out. For your convenience you can then return the item directly to us and we will return the item to the owning library. The library receives 5 deliveries of inter-library loan items a week.

The items that are ordered from the Ella Johnson Memorial Public Library District must be returned to this facility and are subject to the normal fee policies of this library. If you have any questions please contact the library or visit the Inter-Library Loan page for more information.

Damaged Item

A damaged item is any item that must be repaired or replaced.  When an item is returned damaged, the borrower will be notified.  If damage is beyond repair, patron will be charged replacement cost and processing fee, in accordance with the Loan Rules.   If the item can still be used despite the damage, the borrowing patron will be charged a $4.00 Damaged Item fee.  If item can be repaired, the patron will be charged the cost of replacement or repair as follows:

Item Replacement Cost
Barcode or Label $1.00
Booklet or Insert $5.00
DVD or CD Case $3.00
Playaway Case $5.00

Lost Item

If a patron reports an item is lost, the item will be declared “Lost” and the patron will be charged for the price of the item.  A non-refundable processing fee is also charged.  No additional overdue fees are charged.  Replacement items may not be purchased by the patron.