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Get a Library Card

If you live in the Cook Memorial Public Library District, apply for a library card at any of our locations.

  • All residents aged four and up are eligible.
  • Library cards are valid for three years.

Apply for a Library Card

Library Cards for Children

Ages 4-13

Children 4 to 13 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian when applying for a card. The parent or guardian must show photo identification and proof of residency in the Library District.

Ages 14-17

Youths aged 14 to 17 must show proof of residency with a photo ID or be accompanied by a parent or guardian who can show proof of residency.

Parents are responsible for materials checked out on their children’s (aged 4 to 17) library card.

Registering a Card from Another Illinois Library

If you have a library card from another Illinois library you can register it with us and check out our materials. To register, bring your valid home public library card and a current photo ID to any of our Check Out Desks.

Please note that some items and services are reserved for Cook Memorial Public Library cardholders only.

Library Card FAQ

Check the Illinois Public Library Service Area Populations map to verify which library district you reside in.

A photo ID with official information that shows current name and address. A driver’s license or state ID card with current address is sufficient.

For address verification, please provide one of the following documents in addition to your photo ID.

  • Utility bill
  • Lease
  • Mortgage statement
  • Pre-printed checks or bank statement
  • Voter registration card
  • Insurance card with address
  • Official mail with recent postmark

Visit the Check Out Desk at either library location or the Bookmobile to complete and sign a library card application form. You will be issued a library card. That’s it!

Cook Memorial Public Library District card:
Bring your library card and photo ID, with proof of in-district residence, to the Checkout Desk at one of our locations.

Reciprocal borrower (out-of-district) card:
Update your account at your home library district, then bring your card and photo ID with your current address to the Checkout Desk at one of our locations.

If your card is missing, notify the library right away since you’re responsible for any activity on your account. Call 847-362-0438 or visit the Check Out Desk.

Replace card fee: $2

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