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 6 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 and DVDs 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.


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

Six 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 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.


Lastest Events

Auto insurance premium discounts for participants. Registration is required. Fee: $15 for AARP members,  $20 for non-members. 9/23 & 9/24 9:00am – 1:00pm
Critical Fumbles | Tuesdays 9/10 – 12/17 @ 4:30pm – 7:30pm | Are you ready for an adventure? Join this teen volunteer run Dungeons and Dragons group every week. Dungeons & Dragons is a game of imagination, adventure and near-limitless possibilities. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced player, it’s time to roll the dice
Family story time is for families with children from birth- 5 years. It includes songs, rhymes, stories, and a small craft. Registration required, caregivers must attend with child.
This instructor lead program introduces children to the joys of preparing and cooking food that is both nutritious and delicious. Children ages 2nd- 5th grade, registration required, 20 children max.
Wednesday, 9/25 @ 6:00pm – 7:00pm | Join us for this financial workshop to learn about: Ways to reduce debt, retirement savings strategies, the power of compound interest, the high cost of waiting to save and more! Registration is required.  
Toddlers and their caregivers can explore and play with different toys and sensory materials each week, develop fine and gross motor skills, as well as social interaction and language skills. Caregivers must accompany child during program. Recommend for ages birth-four years. Registration required