3•2•1 Checkout321 checkout

We want to make your time visiting libraries as simple as possible. We know you like to visit different libraries and it can get confusing with all the different check out rules. That’s why some of your local libraries are trying something new.

Checkout will be as easy as 3•2•1

3 weeks - Books, Audio Books, and Magazines

2 weeks - Music, Movies, and Games

1 week -  Hot Copies and Select Movies

Participating libraries:

Alsip-Merrionette Park • Chicago Ridge • Crete • Flossmoor • Glenwood-Lynwood • Green Hills • Homewood • Lansing • Midlothian • Oak Lawn • Palos Heights



Library cards must be free of all fines and fees to be considered “in good standing.”


  • All overdue New DVDs are $2.00 per day each.
  • Overdue older DVD’s (6 months or older) are 50¢ per day each.
  • Overdue universal charging kits and bike locks are $2.00 per hour each.
  • Overdue Chromebooks are $5.00 per hour each.
  • Fines for all other Midlothian Library materials are 10¢ per day for each item.
  • Individuals age 18 and under may have $1 of fines forgiven for 30 minutes of reading done in the library and documented by library staff. A maximum of $10.00 may be forgiven per calendar year. Replacement charges for lost or damaged items, processing fees, and collection fees are not eligible. Reading time cannot be applied to future fines.


  • The replacement fee. for a lost or damaged library card is $1.00.
  • The maximum fine charged is the replacement cost of the item. The cost is determined by the amount shown on the SWAN record.
  • If the item is lost or damaged beyond repair, the patron will be charged the price of the item plus a processing fee of $5.00 per item, with the following exceptions:


  Replacement Cost   Processing Fee
 Magazines   Amount shown on SWAN record  $2.00
 Music CD case  $2.00  None
 DVD case   $3.00  $3.00
 Audiobook case  $15.00  $3.00
 Single Audiobook CD   $10.00   $3.00
 Universal charging kit   $15.00 $3.00
 Plug Only $5.00 $3.00
Chromebook $310.00 Included in replacement cost
  • If an overdue item is returned and is no longer on file, the patron will be charged as if the item were lost. If the Library Director decides to return the item to the collection, the patron will only be charged for the fines.
  • All items overdue 60 days or more will have a $10.00 collection bureau fee added to their account by SWAN.


  • $3.00 Inter-library loan requests from out of state. The library will charge the requesting patron any additional fee incurred over $10.00 for obtaining special materials.
  • Public computer/internet: There will be no charge to Midlothian Public Library cardholders. Non-residents will pay $2.00 per hour, or any portion thereof.
  • Chromebooks: No charge to Midlothian Public Library cardholders. Non-resident library card holders will be charged $2.00 for two hours or any portion thereof.
  • Photocopying/Printing: A photocopier and printer are available for public use at 10¢ per page for black and white and 25¢ per page for color. Users insert their own paper in the copier at their own risk. The Library will not reimburse patrons for errors in copies or prints made on paper inserted by patrons.
  • Fax: $1.00 per page with the self-service public machine. International faxes: $2.00 per page. Only outgoing faxes are allowed; the library cannot accept incoming faxes.
  • Scanning: 10¢ per page with the self-service public machine.
  • Patrons may choose to pay fines and other fees assessed to their account online with a credit or debit card. There will be a 50¢ convenience fee charged for each transaction.
  • Exam proctoring: Free for Midlothian card holders. For patrons who do not hold a Midlothian Public Library card: $25.00 per exam.



Payment options for special situations may be arranged with the Library Director.



  • Use of the Library study room and meeting room are free.
  • Use of the Library’s electronic equipment during meeting room use: $25



  • Earbuds $1.25
  • USB flash drive $7.00
  • Tote bags $1.00

The Library also will collect money on behalf of the Friends of the Library for used books, craft bazaar items, and other miscellaneous fundraising items sold, at prices set by the Friends of the Library.