How to get a library card

 

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How To Get a Library Card

If you live in, or own property inside the Carbondale city limits
To receive your card, bring:

  • A current (unexpired) photo ID
  • Proof of Carbondale address, such as:
    • a recent piece of mail addressed to you (not junk mail).
    • a bill in your name
  • There will be no charge for your card, as your property taxes support the library.
  • Children (age 5 +): Bring in a parent or guardian with the above documents.

If you live outside of any Illinois library district

YES YOU CAN get a library card! If you don’t live inside any library’s tax district, you don’t pay property taxes to any public library. According to Illinois law, to get a library card you can purchase a nonresident card from your closest public library. The cost is calculated according to your rent (if you rent) or your property tax bill (if you own). You’ll pay exactly what you would have paid in library taxes had your home been in the city limits. A nonresident card is good for one year. The annual payment covers cards for everyone in your household. Nonresident and resident cardholders have full access to library services.
To receive your nonresident card, bring:

  • A current (unexpired) photo ID
  • Proof of address, such as:
    • a recent piece of mail addressed to you (not junk mail).
    • a bill in your name
  • Your lease or property tax bill (so we can calculate your payment). If you live in Jackson County we may be able to find your property tax bill online.
  • Method of payment (cash, check or credit card).
  • Children (age 5 +): Bring a parent or guardian with the above documents.

If you have a current card from another Illinois public library

You can use your library card from another library to check out up to five items at a time from Carbondale. You can place holds to be picked up in Carbondale, return items to any Illinois library, and attend our library programs. Restrictions may apply on other services.

$Fantastic Value$

  • $ Books: The average reader checks out 41 books (movies & other items) per year worth $934. Our biggest reader checks out 1,176 books/items per year worth $26,789!
  • $ Project Next Generation: Our technology classes for 5th- 8th graders, as compared to technology camps at SIU, are worth $199.
  • $ Creative Writing: Our writing workshops, taught by professional writers & MFA students, as compared to one writing class at John A. Logan or SIU are worth $291-$1,800.
  • $ Ancestry.com is accessible for free from the library. An individual annual subscription is worth $240.
  • $ Computer Help: Our technology classes and open help sessions for adults, as compared to a year of (virtual) Geek Squad Tech Support, are worth $120.

That’s $1,784 – $29,148 worth of library service per year, per individual, and those are just a few of our valuable services!