Get a Library Card
Any resident of the Mokena Community Public Library District may apply for a library card at the Circulation desk. Applicants must present one current government issued photo ID that verifies their name, and one printed form of identification that verifies their current address.
Access/check my account
You can access your account from our PrairieCat Online Catalog by clicking on PrairieCat then ‘Login’. You will need to enter your library card number and PIN (the last four digits of your account number). After logging into your account you can renew your items, check for due dates, place holds, etc. You can also pay fines online with a credit card. In addition you may opt into text alerts and reading history.
Borrow materials from the library
Materials must be checked out at the Circulation desk or our self-check station. With the exception of Rapid Reads, most items have a two-week check out period and may be renewed three times unless there is a hold on the item or your account is not in good standing. DVDs are checked out for 14 days and cannot be renewed. Overdue fines are 15¢ per day.
Pay fees online
Simply visit PrairieCat and login then, click Fines and Fees located at the side of the page. You will need to log in using your library card number and PIN; then you can follow the simple instructions to pay via credit card.
Borrow materials from other libraries
If you cannot locate what you are looking for you may place a hold on the item to have it sent from another library. If you do not find the item listed in our catalog, and are a Mokena Library card holder, we will try to locate it at a library from outside our system. Speak to staff for assistance in finding your item.
Renew Library materials
You can renew materials either in person, online, or by phone. To renew online, access your account from PrairieCat by clicking on ‘Login’. To renew by phone, please call our library at 708-479-9663. You will need to have your library card number available. Items that cannot be renewed: Items that have holds, items that are over the renewal limit, DVDs, and late items.
Place a hold on materials
You may place a hold on an item in our catalog by logging into your PrairieCat account. You may also use any of our catalog computers if you are in the library. If you need assistance with placing holds, please ask a staff member.
Sign up to be sent library notices on my cell phone
Receive updates on items on hold for you that are ready to be picked up, overdue notices, and courtesy notices for items that will be due soon by signing up for our messaging service. You can register your cell number by clicking ‘login’ in PrairieCat and then select ‘Edit Account’ and follow the on screen instructions.
Download an e-Book or e-Audiobook
We offer both eBooks and eAudiobooks from Overdrive. A Mokena Public Library card is required to use this service. Click on “Click here for help” tab on the side of the home screen. Then click Overdrive to watch instructional videos on how to access this service.
Download a digital magazine
Mokena Library patrons now have unlimited multi-user access to complete digital magazines, easily viewed on most Internet-enabled devices through the Mokena Public Library website. Click on “Click here for help” tab on the side of the home screen. Then click Zinio to watch instructional videos on how to access this service.
Use technology at the library
Computers are available for use by patrons of all ages. Free Wireless Internet is available for use with WiFi devices and laptops. Wireless printing is available via our website. You can print from your laptop while at the library or from your laptop or desktop PC from home.
Use wireless printing
You may send print jobs via our website. Click on the Green Printer Icon under the ‘Wireless Printing’ heading on our homepage and follow the instructions. Print jobs may be sent from your laptop from inside the library or from any desktop PC with an Internet connection. Print jobs will stay in our print queues for 4 hours. Print jobs sent to the Library are paid for and picked up in the Computer lab areas of the library. Cost is 15¢ per page for B/W prints and $1.00 per page for color prints. Please pick up your print job(s) no later than 30 minutes before closing time.
Book a Study Room
Individuals 12 years and older should visit the Reference desk to request the use of a study room. Study rooms are available for use during the Library’s open hours only. Rooms will be vacated 15 minutes prior to the library closing. Reservations will be taken Monday thru Saturday. Study rooms are available in two hour intervals per day at no charge for Mokena Community Public Library District cardholders in good standing (fines must be under $5.00 and there cannot be any long overdues). Each study room can accommodate four individuals. Study rooms may be reserved up to one week in advance by phone or in person. An individual or group may have no more than one advance reservation per week. Groups may not obtain additional sessions by having different members of the group make a reservation for the same, substantially the same or similar groups.
Book the community room
The Community Room is available on a first come, first served basis. A ‘Community Room Request Form’ must be completed in order to reserve the room. Applications are available from the Reference Desk or the Circulation Desk. Meeting space is not considered reserved until confirmation is provided to the applicant.
Find/register for a program or event
Contact the library
You may call the Library at 708-479-9663. You may also submit a question or suggestion by using the form located on the Contact Us page of this website.
We offer volunteer opportunities for students looking to complete their service hours. Please Contact Nancy Baker (708) 479-9663 to schedule community service time.
Become a Friend of the Mokena Community Public Library
The Friends of the Mokena Public Library is a non-profit organization made up of people who support the library by raising funds to help sponsor programs and provide library materials. New members are always welcome! To find information about becoming a Friend of the Mokena Public Library, please click here.
Donate to the library/Friends of the Mokena Public Library
If you have a large quantity of donations, we recommend calling ahead and arranging for a staff member to assist you with dropping off at the rear staff lot. All donations become the property of Mokena Public Library. We apply the same criteria when considering adding these donations to the collection as we do for items that we purchase for the collection. Donations that are not added to the collection will be put in one of the Friends of the Mokena Public Library book sales if they are determined to be items that are likely to sell. We do retain the right to recycle or otherwise dispose of items that are donated to the library.