Library Card Registration

To get a library card you must come in person to the library.

Glen Ellyn Public Library Card

Adult Residents

Adults living within the boundaries of the Glen Ellyn Public Library District are entitled to register for a library card. The library card is valid for three years and is free of charge to district residents.

To obtain your library card come to the Circulation Desk with two forms of identification, one being a picture ID and one with your name and current address. Options are shown below; please present on form of ID from List A and one from List B.

Adults who are unable to sign for or unable to accept financial responsibility for themselves must have someone to sign and accept responsibility for them.

LIST A LIST B
  • Valid State ID
  • Drivers License
  • Passport
  • Country ID e.g. Matricula Consular
  • School ID
  • Mortgage or lease documents
  • Current property tax bill
  • Current month’s statement for credit card, insurance premium, cable television or other utilities
  • Current month’s pay stub
  • Illinois motor vehicle registration
  • Checkbook

To renew your library card a picture ID and proof of your Glen Ellyn address is all that is required.

Please note: Not all Glen Ellyn addresses are within the Glen Ellyn Public Library District. There are two ways to determine within which library district you reside:

  • Your real estate tax bill lists which, if any, library district your taxes support
  • Inquire by calling the Glen Ellyn Public Library Circulation Services department at 630-469-0879 or e-mail us.

Minor Residents

All persons under 18 years of age who apply for a library card must have a resident adult parent or legal guardian sign their registration form at the time the card is issued. The adult must provide two IDs as previously stated. The signature establishes acceptance by the parent or guardian of ultimate financial responsibility for all materials borrowed with the card.

Renewals of minor resident library cards are permitted without a new signature of the parent or guardian as long as the person under 18 has a form of picture ID and proof of residence and as long as the parental signature is still on file.

Unincorporated Residents and Nonresidents

Unincorporated Residents

Individuals living outside the incorporated Village of Glen Ellyn may purchase a library card for an annual fee determined by their current property assessment or their annual rent and the library’s current tax rate. To be eligible for a Glen Ellyn non-resident card, your principle residence must be:

  • In Glen Ellyn School District 41
  • In Glen Ellyn School District 89
  • Closer to the Glen Ellyn Public Library than any other public library

When applying for a card, the applicant must present a current tax bill, lease or valid rent receipt and an ID from List A.

Presentation of the appropriate tax document and an ID from List A is also required when renewing; cards must be renewed annually.

Nonresident Glen Ellyn Property Owners

An individual who owns property within the corporate limits of Glen Ellyn but does not reside within the Village limits is entitled to receive a library card, based on the provisions of Illinois State law (75 ILCS 16/30-55.60).

Nonresident taxpayers must present their most current property tax statement along with an ID from List A at the time of their request.

Borrowing privileges for nonresident property owners extend only to one designated individual per parcel.

Presentation of the appropriate tax document and an ID from List A is also required when renewing; cards must be renewed annually.

Unincorporated Residents Residing on Tax-Exempt Property

Unincorporated residents living on tax-exempt property may apply for a library card by providing two forms of ID as stated above. The applicant will be charged a fee equal to the annual Library tax extension divided by the number of households in the Village of Glen Ellyn counted in the most recent municipal census.

Cards must be renewed annually and the applicant must provide appropriate ID from List A and List B as stated previously under card policy.

Refunds

Nonresident fees are refundable on a prorated basis, based on the remaining full months of use, if:

  1. The purchaser’s property is annexed to the Village and the Library is on the purchaser’s property tax bill for the same year that the library card was purchased, or:
  2. All active cards are surrendered, all outstanding materials are returned, and all outstanding fines and fees have been paid.

Residents of Newly Developed Property / Developers’ Impact Fee

To compensate for the impact of new housing on library services, through the immediate request from residents for services preceding any property tax being assessed against new construction, the Library requires developers of new residential real estate in the Village of Glen Ellyn to pay for an impact fee which covers the cost of services in the interim period between the purchase of property, the acquisition of a building permit and the receipt of tax revenue by the Library, which is typically 1.5 years.

With the payment of the impact fee by the developer, the owner is immediately eligible for Library services.

Impact fees are to be paid prior to issuance of the building permit, and must be paid prior to registration for a library card.

Company Cards

Any corporation, partnership, sole proprietorship, church or unit of government located in the Village of Glen Ellyn is eligible for a library card free of charge at the Glen Ellyn Public Library under the following conditions:

  1. The owner or manager of the organization requests a library card on company letterhead and designated no more than three individuals as authorized to the use the card;
  2. The owner or manager agrees to be financially responsible for all materials checked out on the card;
  3. The library card is used solely for business purposes;
  4. The library card remains on file at the Library and is requested by the authorized individuals each time they visit the Library. Picture identification must be shown and a signature obtained at each checkout.

All such cards carry full borrowing privileges at the Glen Ellyn Public Library for business materials only. Presentation of a current request on company letterhead and an ID from List A is also required when renewing; cards must be renewed annually.

School Cards

Any school located in the Village of Glen Ellyn is eligible for a library card free of charge at the Glen Ellyn Public Library under the following conditions:

  1. The school is a current member of the DuPage Library System;
  2. The school and the Library develop a mutually acceptable written agreement regarding services and materials to be provided to each institution;
  3. The school principal designates specific staff authorized to use the card;
  4. The school agrees to be financially responsible for all materials checked out on the card;
  5. The library card is used solely for school-related purposes;
  6. The library card remains on file at the Library and is requested by the authorized individuals each time they visit the Library.

All such cards are valid for use only at the Glen Ellyn Public Library for one school year, August through June, and must be approved by the School Liaison.

Persons/Residents Residing In

Residents Residing in Transitional Housing

Residents in transitional housing may apply for a library card by presenting their housing contract or lease and an ID from List A. Borrowing privileges will be extended to one designated individual and the library card will expire after three years or on the date the contract expires, whichever occurs first.

The card may be renewed by presenting an updated contract or lease and an ID from List A.

Persons Residing in Library Service Areas Inside the LINC Library Automation Cooperative

Persons residing in library services areas that participate in the LINC library automation cooperative must provide a valid unrestricted library card from their “home library” to use their card at the Glen Ellyn Library.

Persons Residing in Library Service Areas Outside the LINC Library Automation Cooperative

Persons residing in library service areas that are not participating in the LINC library automation cooperative must provide picture ID and a valid unrestricted library card from their “home library” to receive reciprocal borrowing privileges at the Glen Ellyn Library.

Reciprocal Borrowers Seeking Internet Access

Persons over 18, not residing in Glen Ellyn, may register for an Internet Guest card by presenting a picture ID at the 2nd floor Information Desk. The guest card allows access to the public internet stations inside the Library for one year, but does not provide any borrowing privileges or remote database access. This service is free, but there is a $3 charge for replacement cards. Cards may be renewed annually.

Lost and Damaged Library Cards

Replacement of lost or damaged library cards will incur a $3.00 fee. Members are responsible for all items on their library card. To prevent unauthorized use of their library cards, Members should immediately report lost or stolen cards. All cases of unauthorized use are the full responsibility of the member to whom the card belongs.

Once the Library has been notified that a card has been lost or stolen, the card number will immediately be blocked. A new library card will be issued once identification has been verified.

For further information, contact the Circulation Department by e-mail or call 630-469-0879 ext. 3.