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Free access to Consumer Reports Online PDF Print

Get the most out of every dollar by making informed buying decisions. Whether you're shopping for a snow blower, fitness gear, or a flat-screen TV, check out how various models measure up, compare features, and zero in on the best value by using Consumer Reports online. Your Vernon Area Library card gives you free access wherever you are.

Because Consumer Reports is an independent, nonprofit organization, you can trust its evidence-based product testing and ratings. The organization has an 80-year history of putting consumers first. So make an informed buying decision every time: log in to Consumer Reports Online using the link on the library's website

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Volunteer at the library PDF Print

Volunteer opportunities are currently available in a variety of areas and we are recruiting now for our upcoming training sessions. Check the calendar for the next orientation for new and prospective volunteers. If you are considering sharing your time and talent as a volunteer at the library, please come an orientation to find out more, or fill out a Volunteer Application, available in the library at the checkout desk or online here


STEM on demand: ScienceFlix PDF Print

Volcanoes, outer space, and endangered animals are among the STEM subject areas covered for students in grades 4–9 on ScienceFlix, a great online resource available with your library card.

scienceflixgirl.jpg Emphasizing the latest STEM thinking and Next Generation Science Standards, ScienceFlix delivers highly engaging, curriculum-driven content through hands-on projects, videos, and more. Articles are provided at three different reading levels, and a read-aloud feature is available to support emerging readers and ELL students. Students can dig deeper into school assignments, explore an area of personal interest, or find out more careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.  

» Log on to ScienceFlix


Music anywhere, anytime PDF Print

 Download or stream popular music for free anywhere, anytime, when you log in to Freegal with your library card. Freegal offers access to about 8 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists and world music. There is no software to download, and there are no digital rights management (DRM) restrictions. Try it today! [ TRY FREEGAL NOW » ]

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No more overdue fines PDF Print

No one likes library fines. Not you, not us; no one. And they are not, in fact, the reason people return their materials on time. So we got rid of them. We are no longer collecting a per-day fine for overdue items checked out from the Vernon Area Public Library.

How will the library get items back?

"No overdue fines" does not mean "no responsibility." Due dates still apply. We send reminders and notices, and expect things back in a timely manner. At 14 days after the due date, materials not returned or renewed are assumed lost and the borrower is billed for their replacement. Until those materials are paid for or returned, that person will be unable to check out anything else.

Reminders & Notices Schedule
  • 2 days before due date: email reminder
  • 3 days after due date: email or paper overdue notice
  • 7 days after due date: email and paper overdue notice
  • 14 days after due date: library card suspended from further use; bill for item replacement
Log in to your library account to add or update your email address. You'll need your library card number and your PIN (usually the last 4 digits of your telephone number).

Doesn't the library need fines to operate?

It's a common misconception that we rely on fines for funding. Overdue fines represent a tiny fraction of our annual budget, just six-tenths of one percent (0.6%). And collecting all those nickels and dimes costs money! We save on staff time and service costs by eliminating those transactions.

What happens if I return an item after I received a bill for it?

Return the item and in most cases we can remove the charges from your account. If you are more than 35 days overdue and have received a collections notice, you will still owe a $10 collection fee. 

What about items I check out from another library?

The new policy applies only to items checked out from the Vernon Area Public Library. Items checked out from another library are subject to that library's overdue policies.

What loan periods and renewal options are available?

To make it easier for borrowers to enjoy their materials and still return them on time, we adjusted loan periods and renewals to more closely match actual use and to get materials back into circulation more quickly. The loan period for TV show DVD sets was increased from 1 week to 2 weeks in response to feedback that one week was not long enough to watch all the episodes. The loan period for popular picks books was updated, too: the first checkout was reduced from 3 weeks to 2 weeks and an option to renew once was added. Speedy readers are encouraged to return the book as soon as they are finished, while allowing extra time for those who need a bit longer. Finally, the maximum number of renewals for most items has been reduced from 4 renewals to 2. Why? Our research showed that items not returned within 2 renewals typically were not returned at all. Limiting the number of renewals allows us to start the replacement process for those items sooner.

  loan period renewals allowed maximum length of checkout
books, audiobooks 3 weeks 2 9 weeks
popular picks books 2 weeks 1 4 weeks
movies 1 week 1 2 weeks
popular picks movies 1 week none 1 week
TV show DVD sets 2 weeks 1 4 weeks
video games 1 week 1 2 weeks
puzzles, grab-and-grow packs, and most other items 3 weeks 2 9 weeks


Online continuing education with your library card

Log in to Gale Courses Hundreds of college-level, professional development, and personal enrichment courses are accessible online, 24/7, when you log in to Gale Courses with your Vernon Area Public Library card.

Gale Courses are not prerecorded webinars. They are highly interactive, instructor-led courses that you can take entirely online. Participants spend two to four hours each week for six weeks completing lessons in an enjoyable, interactive learning environment. Expert instructors develop and lead every course, and you’ll be able to interact with them and with fellow students in lively online discussion areas. New sessions start every month, so you can sign up anytime. Upon completing a course with a passing score, you’ll get a certificate of completion from your learning institution.

Choices available in the extensive course catalog include:

  • Accounting Fundamentals
  • Project Management Fundamentals
  • Certificate in End of Life Care
  • A-Z Grant Writing
  • Medical Terminology: A Word Association Approach
  • Introduction, Intermediate and Advanced Microsoft Excel 2010
  • Grammar for ESL
  • Introduction to SQL
  • Creating Wordpress Websites 
  • and many more topics. 

As a library card holder in good standing, you are entitled to these courses at no cost. Visit Premium Resources > Gale Courses on our website to get started.

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Vernon Area Public Library District
300 Olde Half Day Road
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
Telephone 847-634-3650
Fax 847-634-8449


Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday 9:00AM-9:00PM
Friday 9:00AM-5:00PM
Saturday 9:00AM-5:00PM
Sunday 12:00PM-5:00PM
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