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Borrow Materials



  • Books and Audiobooks: 21 days. 3 renewals
  • DVDS: 7 day circulation. No renewal.
  • Music CDs: 21 day circulation. 1 renewal.
  • Magazines: 7 day circulation of issues. No renewal.



The Genoa Public Library allows people with cards from other libraries to borrow materials.  The reciprocal borrower must be in good standing with their home library by having a current non-expired card and no fines.



Library materials are usually, but not always, renewable.  Non-renewable items include DVDs, magazines, some interlibrary loan materials, materials on hold for another patron, and materials that have already been renewed to the limit.  You can renew materials by calling us at 815-784-2627 or by logging in to My Account with your 14 digit library card number (found on the back of your library card) and your 4 digit pin (the last 4 digits of your library card number).



The library provides a book drop located on S Emmett Street side of the library building.

May contain: mailbox and letterbox



There is a one day grace period for all materials.  At the conclusion of the grace period fines begin accruing based on the original due date.

  • The fine for overdue DVDs is $.50 per day, per item.
  • The fine for all other overdue materials is $.10 per day, per item.



All library items may be placed on hold with the exception of magazines.  The library is a member of the PrairieCat consortia which is an online library catalog that searches for books, movies, audiobooks, music, e-resources, and more available at the Genoa Public Library and libraries in the northern Illinois region.  Genoa Public Library cardholders can place holds, renew and check their account online.



Material not owned by the Genoa Public Library or found in the PrairieCat Catalog may be ordered through interlibrary loan.  Patrons may wish to use WorldCat to search for items.  WorldCat is an online library catalog that searches for books, movies, audiobooks, music, e-resources, and more available in libraries worldwide.  Genoa Public Library cardholders can request that items found in WorldCat be borrowed through interlibrary loan.  Requests can be made using an online form, in person, or by telephone.


PrairieCat has launched a mobile app! It is completely user friendly. And the app saves your library card and your barcode number, so you never have to worry about forgetting it! Watch the video below to see how easy it is.