You can renew items online by visiting the My Account page. To login, all you need is your Library Card number and account PIN/password (a four digit number that was chosen when you initially got your Library Card). If you don't know your PIN/password, you can contact the Library at 217-483-2713. We are happy to help!

Most materials can also be renewed in person, by phone, or online. If renewing over the phone, please have your Library Card number ready to give to staff.

Items owned by other libraries can be renewed if there are no outstanding requests for them. The length of the check outs and the number of renewals are set by the owning library.

Click here to learn more about getting your Chatham Area Public Library Card!


Most of our items check out for two weeks. Check out periods may differ for items borrowed from other libraries. For more information, give us a call at 217-483-2713 or take a look at our Lending Policy. 

We offer books and various other items for check out here at the Chatham Area Public Library. Take a look at the table below to see how many items from each category may be checked out at once:

Item Quantity
Magazines/Books/Audiobooks/Puzzles/Movies Up to 100
eBooks/eAudiobooks through Libby 6 at one time
Streaming movies through Kanopy 5 per month
Launchpads 1 per family
Other "Things" offered Varies