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.”


Midlothian Public Library no longer charges overdue fines for materials checked out at our library. Nevertheless, we still ask that you return your items in a timely manner so that others may use them, and we have certain safeguards in place to remind you to do that:

  • When an item becomes 14 days overdue, your account will be blocked until the late item is returned.
  • If an item is 42 days overdue, the item will be counted as "lost," and you will be billed for the cost of the item plus a processing fee until you return it.
  • If an item is 60 days overdue, your bill will be sent to a recovery agency, who will send you notices until you return the item. The recovery agency charges us a $10 service fee, which we will pass on to you and require you to pay.
  • If you damage or lose a book, you will still be responsible for paying the replacement cost of the book plus a processing fee.
  • If you have $10 or more of unpaid lost or damaged charges, processing fees, or referral agency fees, your card will be blocked, and you will have to pay down your balance to under $10 to use your card again.
  • If you check out materials at another library that does charge fines, you can still accrue overdue fines at that library.
  • For complete details, please see our Circulation Policy.


  • The replacement fee for a lost or damaged library card is $1.00.
  • If an item is lost or damaged beyond repair, the patron will be charged the price of the item as determined by the amount shown on the SWAN catalog record, 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 replacement cost and processing fee will be waived..
  • All items overdue 60 days or more will have a $10.00 recovery agency fee charged to their account.


  • $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

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.