Open Books Open Doors Program
Recognizing the need to provide library card assistance to families and individuals with demonstrable economic hardship living in unincorporated areas, the Glen Ellyn Public Library created the Open Books Open Doors Program.
Open Books Open Doors is for low income families who live in unincorporated Glen Ellyn or in unincorporated towns other than Glen Ellyn who have a student attending school in District 41, District 89 or High School District 87 (Glenbard South or Glenbard West only). Criteria for qualifying for a card include having a child who participates in the Federal Free and Reduced-Price Meal Program through their school (verified by a school representative) or an Illinois LINK card (state issued food assistance).
Individuals living in unincorporated Glen Ellyn who have an Illinois LINK card also qualify for assistance.
Cards for Kids Act
The new Cards for Kids Act (2021) is an amendment to Public Library Non-Resident Services that allows qualifying students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade who participate in the Federal Free and Reduced-Price Meal Program at school to obtain a library card free of charge, even if they live in an unincorporated area of Glen Ellyn.
To be issued a card at GEPL, students in Glen Ellyn schools will need to present their letters of free and reduced lunch eligibility that they receive each year on or around July 1 from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). If students misplace their letters, they may request new copies from school. Cards covered by this Act can and will only be registered in a student’s name, but adults can apply for a GEPL library card through the Open Books Open Doors program.
Application forms and additional information are available for download or through a participating school’s principal. For more information, contact our Business Manager.