Use Your Card

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Hedberg Public Library cards may be used at the 29 libraries that are members of the Prairie Lakes Library System (PLLS). Cards issued from any PLLS library may also be used at HPL.

Loans, Limits & Fees

There is no limit to the number of items that can be checked out at one time, except for the following:

  • 3 video games
  • 1 Jackpot item (book, audio, or DVD)
  • Standard loan period - 3 weeks
  • DVDs, video games, Jackpot - 1 week
  • TV on DVD - 2 weeks
  • Interlibrary loan (ILL) lending period varies; determined by lending library
  • Book Club in a Bag - 28 days
  • Adult and young adult materials - 25¢/day
  • Children's books and toys - 10¢/day
  • Videos, DVDs, CD-ROMs - 25¢/day
  • Jackpot items - 25¢/day
  • Children's CD-ROMs, DVDs - 25¢/day
  • Interlibrary loan items - 50¢/day

Return Materials

Returning library materials from any Prairie Lakes Library System library is easy and convenient. Materials may be returned at the Main Branch, HPL Express, or use the drop box at the south end of the Main Branch’s covered parking lot. It's available 24/7.

  • Kwik Trip 2822 E. Milwaukee St.
  • Blackhawk Community Credit Union 2640 W. Court St.
  • Woodman's Food Market 2819 N. Lexington Dr.
  • Rock County Resource Center 1717 Center Ave.

Renew Materials

Most materials may be renewed three times. Items labeled "New" may be renewed only once.

The following items may not be renewed:

  • Materials for which others have placed holds
  • Children's holiday material
  • Jackpot items
  • Materials on loan from other libraries*
  • Teacher's big books
  • Book Club in a Bag

*It's possible these items may be renewed, but a phone call to 608-758-6600 prior to due date is required.

  • At the Catalog Computers in the library
  • At the Checkout Desk or Children's Desk
  • By calling the library at 608-758-6600.
  • By visiting your online account

Renewing an overdue item will not erase the accrued fine, but you can avoid the fine if you renew the material before it's due.

Telephone or e-mail notices inform patrons of overdue items. NOTE: Telephone notices will appear on the caller ID as "Lakeshores Library System." Notices are mailed to patrons who cannot be reached by e-mail or phone.

Reserve Materials

Holds may be placed on titles listed in the library's computer catalog that are checked out and not currently available. You may have up to 35 holds at any given time and can place your own holds at any public terminal or by visiting your online account. You may designate where you would like to pick up your hold–the Main Branch (316 S. Main) or HPL Express. Notification of holds ready for pickup is made by phone or e-mail. Sign up for notices at Checkout. A notice is mailed to patrons who cannot be reached by phone or e-mail. To preserve patron confidentiality, the phone call does not list the particular item on hold.

Picking Up Holds

Once available, holds can be found on the Self Pick-Up Holds shelf located near the Checkout Desk. To find your holds, please look for your Hold I.D., which is the first three letters of your last name and the last four digits of your library card barcode number. For example, if Ima Patron's card number ends in 5555, her Hold I.D. would be PAT5555. 

Please note: you must bring your library card (or the card that placed the hold) with you in order to check out your reserved item. Transferring holds to another card is not possible. Reserved HPL items will be held for ten days (hold time for items reserved from other Prairie Lakes Library System libraries varies by library). You may cancel holds or delay notifications by making them inactive on any library catalog computer or by visiting your online account.