How Do I?
The O’Fallon Public Library is locally funded by property taxes paid by persons who live or own property within the library's taxing area. If you live or own real estate within this area, your taxes support the library and a card can be issued at no charge. This is known as a Resident Card. Resident cards are good for three years. Apply here
If you live outside the O’Fallon city limits and do not fall under another public library's taxing area, you can purchase a Non-Resident Card. Non-Resident fees are calculated using a tax bill method. If you own your home, the fee is determined by the following formula: Cost = Net Taxable Value x 0.1685%. If you are a renter, the annual fee is simply one-tenth of your monthly rent.
- For a home with a $25,000 Net Taxable Value, a library card would cost $42 annually
- For a renter who pays $800 per month, a library card would cost $80 annually
Contact a library staff member for more information about obtaining a non-resident library card.
Check to see if you live within our library's taxing area by entering your address into the map tool. If you are in the Blue Zone, you are in.
Alternatively, you can visit the St. Clair County Clerk's website and search for your tax bill. If you have the line item CITY OF O FALLON LIB, you are in.
Tax Bill Examples
Note: If you are covered by another library, as in Example 3, contact that library and inquire about the steps needed to get a card.
There is no minimum age to obtain a card. Children aged 15 and younger may obtain a card with the permission of a parent or legal guardian. Juveniles aged 16 and older are eligible to obtain a card without a parent if a valid ID and proof of residency are provided.
Note: All items have 2 renewals unless otherwise noted (a renewal may not be possible if there is a waitlist for the item). Each O'Fallon Public Library card can have up to 75 items checked out at a time.
|General Items||Loan Period||Borrow Limit|
|Books||3 weeks||Up to 75|
|Express Books*||1 week||3|
|Express DVDs*||3 days||3|
|Audiobooks and CDs||2 weeks||20|
|Magazines||3 weeks||Up to 75|
|ebooks and Digital Audiobooks||varies by platform||Varies by platform|
|Video Games||2 weeks||3|
|Vox Books||3 weeks||3|
|Book Baskets||3 weeks||3|
* no renewals
* Items in this category are restricted to Adult cards only. A card can have a total of three items from this category checked out at a time. Items can be checked out to patrons of any member library, but only OFPL patrons can place these items on request.
** Does not require an Adult card
* Items in this category are restricted to Adult cards only. A card can have a total of three items from this category checked out at a time. Items can be checked out to patrons of any member library, but only OFPL patrons can place these items on request
** Holds cannot be placed on these items
* A card can have a total of three items from this category checked out at a time
|Dry Erase Markers|
* Items in this category can only be used in the library and are due back by close each day
** Adult cards only
Most items can be renewed at least once, many twice. Items cannot be renewed if your account is not in good standing (ie. expired, contains billed items) or if there is a waiting list for the item. Overdue items should be returned to avoid them going to billed status.
Items can be renewed online through My Account, over the phone, or via the SHARE Mobile Library (check your app store).
Depending on how you set up your account, you will either receive a text or email three days before your items are due. You will receive additional reminders when items are overdue.
O'Fallon Public Library resident cards expire every three years. Non-resident cards expire after one year. The system automatically sends an email notifying patrons that their accounts are due to expire. You can submit a renewal request by completing this form or by visiting the library. Patrons who are not O'Fallon Public Library cardholders must contact their home library to renew their library account.
There are several ways to place a request for an item:
- Visit the library
- Use the My Account portal
- Use the SHARE Mobile Library app
- Call the library at 618-632-3783, ext. 2
We are part of a network of over 500 libraries throughout Central and Southern Illinois. Together, if we have over 9.3 million items. If we don't have it on our shelves, we'll get it for you!
Sometimes you want something unique, obscure, old, or brand new. If you can't find it in our online catalog, complete this Materials Request form or call 618-632-3783, ext. 3 and let us know.
You can return items during normal business hours using the slots in our lobby or by seeing a staff member at one of our Help Desks. You can also return items 24/7 by using our drive-up book drop at the west end of our parking lot.
Did you know you can return items belonging to another library to us? You can!
We are part of a network of over 500 libraries throughout Central and Southern Illinois. We work together by sharing our resources between libraries and between patrons like you.
O'Fallon Public Library cardholders no longer accrue fines for overdue items! Yes, you read that correctly. Learn more about our Fine Free Policy.
The library has four study rooms available for public use. Two are located on the first floor and two on the second floor. These rooms are great for group work, tutoring, virtual meetings, and the like.
- Schedule online or with a staff member for 1- or 2-hour blocks
- Please limit yourself to two reservations per day
- Rooms are limited to four people
- More than 15 minutes late? The room may be given to another group
- At least one person in the group must be 16 years of age or older
- Rooms are not soundproof. Please be aware of your noise level
- Rooms can be booked up to 2 weeks in advance
Donate them to a good cause.
The Friends of the O'Fallon Public Library accepts donations to help stock their ongoing book sale efforts. You can drop off the following types of items any time during normal library hours:
- Children's books
- Young Adult books
- Fiction/non-fiction books
- Vinyl records
- CDs & DVDs
We are unable to accept Cassette tapes, VHS tapes, 8 tracks, and Encyclopedias.
All proceeds from book sales go to support the library and its mission. You can learn more about the Friends of the O'Fallon Public Library at ofpl.info/friends
We have 17 computers located on the first floor for public use and an additional 5 computers in our Teen Room for users 12-18 years of age. Free Guest Passes are available for people without a library card.
Free wireless internet is available for all library users. The network name is "OFPL Public Wireless." You do not need a password to access this network.
Printing is available from all of our public computers. Black and white pages are .15 per side. Color pages are .50 per side. Wireless printing is also available for patrons who want to print directly from their personal devices.
The library also offers free scanning and faxing services. Our incoming fax line is 618-632-3759.
Staff members are always available in our Adult Services Department to help you with printing, faxing, emailing, or other technology needs you might have. If you need more in-depth assistance, you can signup for a free 30-minute Tech Help session.
The Friends of the O'Fallon Public Library provide annual support for a number of O'Fallon Public Library programs and initiatives. As a 501(c)(3), the Friends raise money and volunteer hours to elevate the impact the library has on the community. A portion of raised funds goes directly to buying new materials for the library. Remaining revenue funds other special projects. To learn more about this group and ways to get involved, visit ofpl.info/friends.
You can also donate financially through the Friends page. Whether you make a one-time gift or become a sustaining supporter, thank you for your generous support.