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Get a Library Card

If you live in our service area, you may get a library card free of charge, as part of your tax-supported library service.

Your library card allows you to:

To get a library card, a person needs to provide two things: a photo ID and proof that they live within our library district (the city limits of Mendota).  The ID can be a driver's license or state ID card. To prove that a person lives within our district, a piece of mail, such as a bill, or even a check with your current address on it will work.  All user information is confidential.

If a person lives outside of our library district, the above mentioned ID and proof of address are required, plus an annual fee (determined by State of Illinois formula) currently $70.00, for the household.

Renew Books

To renew books and other items online, click on PrairieCat-Online Catalog.  From there you must enter your library barcode and pin # (last four digits of your barcode).  Then click on my account.  You will not be allowed to renew materials online if you have overdues or fines.  You may also call the library 815-538-5142.  Items may be renewed one time over the phone.  For a second renewal you will be asked to bring the item to the desk to be renewed.  If an item is on hold for another patron it may not be renewed.  For items borrowed from another library the lending library's renewal policy will be followed.

Get a Newsfeed of Library Headlines

This website has several "feeds", which allow you to automatically receive links to news and events as they're posted on the site. Using feeds is a convenient way to keep up with as many blogs, news sites, and other websites as you like. For a quick tutorial about feeds and how they work, see Common Craft's RSS in Plain English video.

Feeds are marked with a special icon Feed icon, which you click to "subscribe" to the feed by adding it to whichever program you use as a feed reader (see below). 

Feeds on this site include:

There are a number of tools available for subscribing to and reading feeds. Here are a few examples:

Each tool has its own specific instructions for adding feeds, but the process is usually as simple as pasting in the feed's address or selecting from a menu.