Internet Use Policy

Copies of the Library's complete Internet Policy and Procedures which govern our Internet service are available in the Adult Services Department.

1.         Adults signify their understanding and acceptance of these Terms of Use by clicking Agree when logging on to a computer.  Patrons must log on to the Internet computers with their own library card number only and keep their library card on display while logged on to a computer.  Patrons may be asked to provide identification which includes proof of age.

2.         Patrons who are under the age of 18 and wish to use the Internet without direct parent/guardian supervision must complete the Internet Registration form, and have their parent/guardian sign the form in the presence of a library staff member. The parent/guardian must present acceptable proof of identification.  Acceptable proof of identification includes a library card or identification acceptable for obtaining a library card. 

3.         No reservations will be taken for Internet use. 

4.         Each session is one hour and may be extended if no one is waiting for a computer. 

5.          Only one adult is allowed per computer, unless special permission is granted by the Library staff. Only one youth is allowed per computer, unless accompanied by an adult, or special permission is granted by the Library staff.

6.         The library’s Internet access is intended primarily as an information resource.  The library does not allow patrons to use chat or instant messaging services, download anything to our hard drives, change settings on the workstations, or damage equipment.

7.         Patrons should avoid graphics or sounds which could disturb or offend other library users.  Those who inadvertently access such material are expected to click the BACK button to retreat from it immediately, or risk losing their Internet privileges.  Personal head sets are permitted, if the volume is kept low enough so nearby patrons are not disturbed.

8.         The library permits data to be downloaded and stored only to a diskette or flash drive.  Patrons may use their own diskettes, flash drives, or personal email accounts for data storage.  The printing cost is $.10 per page for black and white prints and $.50 per page for color prints.

9.         Patrons may use flash drives for opening and saving files.  Patrons may not run or install programs from flash drives or any outside electronic devices.

10.       Users must log out when finished with the computer.  If a user runs out of time, the computer will automatically be logged out.  The library reserves the right to limit computer use when others are waiting.

11.       Internet users agree to comply with the Internet Policy and Procedures of the Park Forest Public Library.  Non-compliance may result in the loss of Internet privileges.




Please let us know immediately if you experience any difficulties so they can be fixed as soon as possible.

Library Cards

A valid library card must be presented in order to check out materials.


Any resident or owner of taxable property in Park Forest or Olympia Fields is welcome to obtain a library card. This card will entitle the resident to use the services of this library and all other SWAN member libraries. Application must be made in person. A picture will be taken and be printed onto the card. No fee charged for a resident's first library card; if a card is lost or stolen, a replacement card will be issued for $2.

All adults requesting a library card must present a driver’s license or State I.D. plus one proof of residence, which may consist of any of the following original documents with a postmark no more than 30 days old and showing the current address:

  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Pay Stub
  • Federal/state government check
  • Automobile insurance card with address
  • Medical or insurance bill
  • Voter's Registration
  • Vehicle Registration (Within 30 days)
  • Government Mail (IRS, DMV, etc.)


Applicants under the age of 18 must be with a parent or legal guardian to receive a library card. The application must be signed by that same parent or legal guardian. Applicants must be a minimum of 5 years old.


In Illinois, people living outside the taxing area of a public library are considered non-residents. Non-residents are eligible to purchase a library card from the public library under certain conditions. Contact the library to determine whether you are a non-resident eligible to purchase a library card from the Park Forest Public Library.


Applicants for a renewed library card must appear in person at the library at the time of renewal. Applicants for a renewed library card will be required to present one piece of photo identification plus one proof of address (from the above list) showing current name and address. Contact the library with any further inquiries.