Library Cards

All residents of Fossil Ridge Public Library District, who are over the age of 5 and can show proof of residency can receive a card free of charge. Proof of residency can be a driver’s license with current address, voter’s card, recent utility bill, current tax bill, or lease agreement. There is a $2.00 fee to replace lost cards.

Nonresidents, or patrons who do not belong in any library district and therefore pay no library taxes, may purchase a library card at the library that serves the high school or unit school district in which they reside, or the closest library if there is no library in their school district. A fee is charged; in order to obtain a card a current tax bill for homeowners or rent receipt for renters must be presented.

Fossil Ridge Public Library uses the tax bill method to calculate the annual fee for homeowners while renters fee is 10% of their monthly rent with a minimum fee of $45.00. Nonresident cards have a one year expiration and fees are recalculated annually.


Meeting Rooms

The Library has three meeting rooms available to accommodate from 10 to 100 people. The primary purpose of these meeting rooms is in support of library functions, meetings, and programs. The meeting rooms may, on occasion, be made available for non-profit groups. The reservation for the meeting room MUST BE MADE BY A RESIDENT OF THE LIBRARY DISTRICT and ALL MEETINGS MUST BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

All groups holding public meetings are responsible for Americans with Disabilities Act requirements and for providing requested accommodations for meetings or programs. The complete application polices and regulations regarding the use of the meeting rooms is available at the circulation desk.


Hold of Library Material

Holds can be placed on library materials through the online card catalog, over the phone, or at the circulation desk with the assistance of library staff. Patrons will be contacted by phone or email when materials become available.

Interlibrary Loans

Interlibrary loans are possible when materials cannot be found within the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) usually at no cost to the patron, with the assistance of library staff.

Favorite Authors Form

Fill out Favorite Authors form and choose from 30 popular fiction authors … when they publish a new book we’ll automatically place a hold for you! Forms available at the Library.

Fine Policy

Overdue items accrue fines at a rate of ten cents per day per item for books and magazines, while the rate for CDs, DVDs, and videos is $1.00 per day per item.

Fax Service

Fax services are available to the public with the assistance of library staff at a cost of $2.00 for the first page and $1.00 for each additional page (no charge for cover page) for outgoing faxes. The cost of incoming faxes is $1.00 per page. International faxes cost $5.00 for the first page and $1.00 for each additional page, incoming faxes are still $1.00 per page.


Color copies are 25 cents per page, black and white copies are ten cents per page, and scanning is 25 cents per page.


Request forms available at the circulation desk for materials no wider than 25 inches at a cost of 75 cents for up to 8 ½ x11, $1.50 for 12×15, $2.00 for 15×18, and $4.00 for 18×24.

Internet Access

Eight computers are available to the public for one hour/one visit per day. Patrons under the age of 18 must have parental permission on file at the library and all children under age 13 must have a parent sitting with them at the computer. Other programs on the computers are Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, and Illinois Parks Locator.

WiFi Access

We are now a WIFI location. Users are still obligated to follow the library’s internet usage policy. This policy and other information is available at the circulation desk.

Notary Service

Requires two forms of identification. 

Voter's Registration

Requires two forms of identification, one of which must show your current residence address.

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Library Hours


Monday - Thursday: 9am - 8pm
Friday: 9am - 5pm
Saturday: 9am - 3pm
Sunday: Closed



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Kid’s Library


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Free eBooks supported by the Illinois Secretary of State through the Illinois State Library.


Museum Adventure Pass


Get your Museum Passes at the Circulation Desk. You must bring a Fossil Ridge adult library card to get a pass.
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About Us


Fossil Ridge Public Library serves the community in Braidwood, Illinois and the surrounding area.

We offer many different programs and have many resources available for anything that you may be searching for.

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Contact Us


Get in touch with us today or stop by for a visit.
Phone: (815) 458-2187
Fax: (815) 458-2042
Address: 386 W. Kennedy Road,
Braidwood, IL 60408
Hours: Mon. - Thurs. 9am - 8pm
Fri. 9am - 5pm / Sat. 9am - 3pm
Sunday: Closed

Upcoming Events

Be a library volunteer! Your time can be used toward school required community service hours. Grades 6 – 12 
Stop by with your friends and get your game on! Grades 6 – 12