Borrowing Information


Library Cards

A valid library card is required to borrow materials and use the public computers at the Moline Public Library.

Persons wishing to obtain a library card will be expected to verify identity and residency. Photo ID and 2 proofs of your current Moline residence are required to obtain a library card. If your photo ID is valid and lists your current Moline address it can serve as one of your proofs of residency as well as to verify your identity.

Valid forms of photo identification include:

  • Driver's License
  • Government Issued ID
  • Military ID
  • Passport
  • School ID card (with photo)

The following may be used to verify current address:

  • Checkbook
  • Credit Card or Utility Bill
  • Current Tax Bill
  • Driver's License
  • Government Issued ID
  • Fishing License
  • FOID Card
  • Medical/Insurance Statements
  • Rent Receipts of Contracts
  • Voter Registration Card

Individuals who reside within the Moline city limits are eligible for a free library card. Individuals who reside outside the Moline city limits, and are not served by another public library, are required by Illinois State law {75 ILCS 16/30-55(60)} to purchase a library card in order to borrow library materials.

Individuals who reside outside the Moline city limits but own property within the city limits are eligible for a free library card.

Children under the age of 13 are eligible for a library card. A signature and 2 proofs of residency within the city limits of Moline from parent or legal guardian is required for children who are under 13 years of age. Children must be present with their parent or legal guardian to apply for a library card.

Children over 13 should be accompanied by parent or legal guardian, who will need to provide 2 proofs of residency within the city limits of Moline, but are required to sign their library card application for themselves.

Circulation staff may refuse to issue or renew a library card if any of the following apply:

  • Unpaid fines on previous accounts
  • Delinquent materials have not been returned from a previous account
  • Adequate identification and proof of address cannot be supplied
  • False information or identities are given
  • No permanent Moline address can be provided

Fees for Nonresidents

In order to protect the rights of residents of Moline who pay taxes to support the library, nonresidents will pay for library cards in the same manner as residents. The Moline Public Library Board of Trustees has adopted an annual fee of $156.00 for borrowing privileges extended to nonresidents of Moline. This $156.00 fee represents the average annual household tax paid to the Moline Public Library. Arrangements can be made with the Library to make monthly payments for the $156 non-resident card fee. Check out limits will apply during the installment payment period. Please call 309-524-2450 for more information.

Effective July 1, 2002, due to a change in Illinois State Law (adopted at 26 Ill. Reg. 5974), student cards will no longer be offered.

Please notify the library with any change of address. Your card must be presented at the time of checkout, renewal, or when requesting a reserve or interlibrary loan item.

A fee of $3.00 is charged to replace any lost, stolen, or damaged library card. Please notify the library in the case of a lost or stolen card.

If you meet the above criteria and wish to apply for a library card online, please click here.



Holds may be made on most circulating material found in PrairieCat with the exception of the following items:

  • New items not owned by Moline Public Library
  • Passes to Local Attractions
  • Reference Material
  • Books reserved for in-library use
  • Mobile Hot Spots


Out-of-System Loan Requests

An out-of-system, or interlibrary, loan is an item borrowed from outside of PrairieCat, our library system.

Only Moline Public Library patrons in godd standing can request an ILL (InterLibrary Loan) from Moline Library. If you are from a different library, please contact your home library.

How do I reqest an interlibrary loan?

  • You can request an interlibrary loan by phone or in person
    • Our staff are happy to place requests for you - please visit the library or call us at (309) 524-2470.


    • Once your are on the PrairieCat ILL Request Form page select the type of material you are looking for from the Interlibrary Loan Order Forms table
    • Enter your library card number, located on the back of your card, and your pin number, and click Submit.
    • Enter as much information as you have about the item. The more information you have, the better. However, don't worry if you don't have all the information requested on the form.
    • Click Submit This Request at the bottom.
    • If you would like additional items, please go back to the ILL form and submit your additional requests.


  • You can find the PrairieCat ILL Request Form page through your Library Account
    • Click on the My Account link in the upper right hand corner of the PrairieCat page
    • Enter your library card number, located on the back of your card, and your pin number, and click Submit.
    • On the bottom, right hand corner of the page the is a list of links titled "Library Links". Click on the ILL request form link to be taken to the PrairieCat ILL Request Form page

Interlibrary Loan Quick Facts

  • Ordering Fees: There is a $3.00 fee for requests for items, which covers postage and handling. This fee is paid when you receive the item you have requested.
  • Waiting Period: Waiting periods vary, will typically be longer than for requests (holds) placed within the PrairieCat system.
  • Checkout Period: The checkout period is at the discretion of the lending library. The item will be checked out to our library before it is sent to us. That means that, unlike system holds, the due date is already set before the item arrives at our library. For this reason, it is best to pick up your ILL item(s) as soon as possible.
  • Renewing: If you would like to renew an ILL, please contact the Circulation Department. We will have to contact the library system that we obtained the item from to ask for a renewal. For some systems, we will receive an answer right away. Other systems may require a few days to get back to us. Please ask for a renewal as soon as you know you need it.

If you have more questions, please contact the Circulation Department at (309) 524-2450 or by email at

After Your Request Is Submitted

If we can find the item you are looking for, we will place your request. When we have places the request, the title will show up in your account under ILL with the phrase "Awaiting Arrival." This means that the item has been requested - it does not mean that the item is on its way. The library system that has the requested item can still deny to fulfill the request. Be aware that we may not be able to get every item, especially newer and rare items, and, if we can get them, the wait might be longer for harder to find or more popular items. We will contact you if we are unable to find the item.


Overdue Material

Charges for overdue material are as follows:

  • Books, audiobooks, magazines, CDs, and educational DVDs- $.25 per day
  • Entertainment/feature film DVDs, video games - $1.00 per day
  • Zoo and museum passes, hot spots - $5.00 per day

Patrons are considered delinquent when they have $5.00 or more in fines or have 5 items overdue for 1 day. Such patrons are denied checkout and computer use privileges until the delinquency is cleared, brought below the $5.00 fine threshold, or have less than 5 items overdue.

The Library will send a courtesy overdue notice when materials have not been returned within 7 days after their due date. At 44 days overdue, a bill notice is issued.

The Moline Library is obligated to attempt the recovery of all outstanding debt and/or library materials. To that end, borrowers with fines or fees of $25 or more are subject to contact from a collection agency. A non-negotiable $10 collection fee will be applied to the account of any borrower who is referred to collections.


Return of Library Materials

The Moline Public Library will accept return materials from all PrairieCat libraries. The Moline Public Library will accept library materials for return from any out-of-system Illinois library. Materials may be returned in the lobby book drop (during open hours), the drive up book drop (East side of the building), or at other PrairieCat member libraries.


Partially Returned Items

An item is not considered returned until all of its parts are returned (CDs, liner notes, booklets, instructions, etc.) The item will remain checked out to the patron and fines will accumulate on partially returned items (if overdue) until the return of missing part(s).



Materials may be renewed unless the following exceptions occur:

  • The material is on reserve/hold for another patron or library.
  • The material has already reached its maximum number of renewals.
  • The material is not allowed to be renewed.

For material borrowed from outside the system (OCLC), the material must be presented to the Adult Services desk with a valid Moline Public Library card. Material borrowed from outside the system is not always renewable and is up to the discretion of the lending library.


Lost & Damaged Items

Borrowers are responsible for the replacement costs for lost or damaged items.

Replacement costs include the price of the item (at the time of library acquisition) and a nonrefundable $5 processing fee.

If damaged material is returned in the book drop, a letter will be sent informing the patron of the amount owed for the damage.

At the discretion of the purchasing staff member, the library accepts replacement copies for lost items. Borrower must still pay processing fees. The replacement copy must be an exact match of the original (i.e. author, titles, year, ISBN, format, etc.) and in new or like new condition. The library reserves the right to refuse any replacement copy.

The library does not issue refunds for lost and paid items that are later found or replacement copies.

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