Notice 8/23/21: Per Cook County Department of Public Health, masks are required for everyone indoors, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated. 
Disposable masks are available at service desks.  If you are cannot wear a mask or are not ready to visit at this time,
please use Curbside Pickup, Home Delivery, our Digital Collections, or contact us to see how we can assist you.  Thank you.


Important Information about Elmwood Park Public Library Cards

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 99 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. 

Forgot Your Library Card Number?

You need your library card number to access our digital collections.  If you've forgotten it, click here to try to recover your library card number.

Forgot Your PIN?

In addition to your library card number, you also need your PIN number to log in to digital services.  If you've forgotten it,  click here to reset your PIN number.   


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

Is Your Card Expiring?

If your Elmwood Park library card was/is set to expire anytime between January 1, 2020 - December 24, 2021, it has been / will be automatically renewed through December 25, 2021.

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.

Temporary Digital Access Cards

Temporary online cards are now available for Elmwood Park residents unable to make it into the Library building to get a physical library card,  Follow this link to apply online for a temporary digital library card so that you can access all of our digital resources, including eBooks and databases

*Please note that you cannot checkout physical library material with a temporary digital card.

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 Public 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, and you will receive a Welcome email about using the Library.  If you do not wish to receive this eNewsletter, just hit unsubscribe at the bottom of the first official eNewsletter you receive.
  • Circulation Policy (Updated July 2021).


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