library card eppl 1 400wElmwood Park Public Library cards and card renewals are free to Elmwood Park residents, and provide you with access to Library materials, as well as our online/electronic resources

Elmwood Park Public Library is a member of the SWAN network, along with 96 other suburban libraries. This means that if our copy is checked out or we do not own an item, we can easily get library material from other libraries for free  You can also visit and use your Elmwood Park library card at any public library in Illinois.

Elmwood Park library cards are valid for three years, upon which time you will be required to renew your card. There is a $3.00 fee for replacement of lost cards. 

What do you need in order to get or renew an Elmwood Park Public Library card?

Adult Library Cards

Adults 18 years of age and older must present the following identification:

  1. A photo ID (current Illinois Driver’s License or State ID) with your name and current Elmwood Park address.
  2. If your photo ID does not show a current Elmwood Park address, then we will require an additional piece of identification that displays your name and Elmwood Park address, such as:
    • current utility bill
    • current phone bill
    • mortgage payment book
    • paycheck (with name, address, and date)

Youth Library Cards

Children under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian sign for a card and show the same forms of ID as listed above. Both parent and child must reside at the Elmwood Park address and the child must be present at the time.

Chicago Residents

If you live in Chicago, bring in your valid Chicago Public Library card and photo ID, whereupon we will verify that your library card is in good standing. Once verified we will enter your Chicago Public Library card into our SWAN system. These cards can be used at all SWAN libraries and expire on the same date as your Chicago Pubic Library card.

Non-resident Elmwood Park Property Owners

A business owner who owns property in Elmwood Park, but does not reside in Elmwood Park, may be issued a library card for the business, though not employees. The owner of the business must request the card and provide proof of the business location (current paid tax bill) and a photo ID. One card will be issued to the owner as stated on the current paid tax bill. The Library card will be valid for one year. There is no fee for this Library card.

 

Other Information

  • New or renewed Library cards are issued from opening until one half hour before closing.
  • Elmwood Park Public Library reserves the right to refuse to issue a library card to patrons who do not meet the identification requirements and/or those who have delinquent accounts at other libraries.
  • If you lose your library card, immediately contact us so that we can put a stop on your card to prevent others from using and abusing your card.
  • Manage your new library account online.
  • Please be aware that when you sign up for a library card, you will automatically be added to the Library's eNewsletter list. If you do not wish to receive this newsletter, just hit unsubscribe at the bottom of the first eNewsletter you receive.
  • Circulation Policy (Updated October 2019).
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