Get or Replace a Library Card
Glen Ellyn Public Library has the following options to access resources.
- Online Registration for GEPL Library Membership – Register and receive access to digital resources for 90 days. After we check your address, we will mail you your new library card or instructions to join GEPL or your home library.
- Digital Library Cards for residents in the 60137 zip code who do not currently have a *GEPL library card – Register for access to digital resources for 90 days. *GEPL library cards provide access to digital resources any time.
- Reciprocal Borrowing Privileges at GEPL for members of other libraries – If you are at least 13 years of age and have a library card for a library that is not a member of the SWAN consortium, you can request borrowing privileges at the Glen Ellyn Public Library.
Adults living within the boundaries of the Glen Ellyn Public Library District may register for a library card. The library card is free for district residents.
To obtain your library card, come to the Circulation Desk with two forms of identification: one picture ID and one item that shows your name and current address. Options are shown below; please present one form of ID from List A and one from List B.
Adults who are unable to sign or accept financial responsibility for themselves must have someone sign and accept responsibility for them.
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Two months prior to the expiration date of an adult resident’s library card, the library will send a post card to the address on file. As long as the card holder still resides in incorporated Glen Ellyn, their card will be automatically renewed.
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 contacting Library Services.
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 forms of ID, specified in the Adult Resident section. The adult’s signature establishes acceptance by the parent or guardian of ultimate financial responsibility for all materials borrowed with the card.
Minor resident library cards expire on the minor’s 18th birthday.
Students in Pre-K through Grade 12
Added February 2021
The Illinois Cards for Kids Act is an amendment to Illinois 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 the library, 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.
Updated October 2019
Some residents 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, Glenbard South, or Glenbard West may qualify for our library card subsidy program, Open Books Open Doors.
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 or lease and a picture ID from List A. The annual unincorporated library card fee will be calculated as follows.
- Homeowner: Net Taxable Value (shown on current property tax bill) times the Library’s current tax rate
- Renters: Monthly rent times 15%
Individuals renting a room or partial living space with no formal lease agreement will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants will be charged a fee and must present a picture ID from List A and a current bill that includes their name and address.
Presentation of the appropriate tax document and a picture 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.
Nonresident fees are refundable on a prorated basis, based on the remaining full months of use, if:
- 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:
- All active cards are surrendered, all outstanding materials are returned, and all outstanding fines and fees have been paid.
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.
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. The annual Residents of Newly Developed Property/Developers’ Impact Fee will be calculated as follows.
The Current tax extension for the Glen Ellyn Public Library divided by the population of Glen Ellyn times the number of years until tax income is received (1.5) times the population equivalent of the unit (based on the equivalency figures used by the Village of Glen Ellyn and the Glenbard Wastewater Authority).
Refer to the Non-resident Fees Calculator to determine current assessment.
Any corporation, partnership, sole proprietorship, church, or unit of government located in the incorporated Village of Glen Ellyn is eligible for a library card free of charge at the Glen Ellyn Public Library under the following conditions.
- The owner or manager of the organization completes the Business Library Card Application/Renewal and presents a photo ID and business card that includes the applicant’s name, title, and business address
- The owner or manager agrees to be financially responsible for all materials checked out on the card
- The library card is in possession of the user receiving library services
All business library cards carry full borrowing privileges at the Glen Ellyn Public Library for business materials only. Businesses must renew their card(s) annually by providing the same documentation.
Schools and Partner Organizations
Updated August 2021
Any school located in Glen Ellyn or part of a Glen Ellyn School District or a partner organization providing student support services to Glen Ellyn schools, is eligible for a library card free of charge at the Glen Ellyn Public Library (GEPL) under the following conditions:
- The school or organization has a Librarian or designated staff to act as the main contact for the GEPL staff.
- The school or organization and GEPL develop a mutually acceptable written agreement regarding services and materials to be provided to each institution.
- The school principal or organization director designates specific staff authorized to use the card.
- The school or organization agrees to be financially responsible for all materials checked out on the card.
- The library card is used solely for school-related purposes.
- The library card remains on file at GEPL for use by request of the authorized individuals each time they visit the library.
- Picture ID will be shown each time material is checked out from GEPL.
All such cards are valid for use only at the Glen Ellyn Public Library for dates established in the user agreements. Agreements are renewed annually and must be approved through the school or organization’s GEPL staff contact.
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 SWAN Consortium
Persons residing in library services areas that participate in the SWAN consortium must provide a valid unrestricted library card from their “home library” to use their card at the Glen Ellyn Public Library.
Persons Residing in Library Service Areas Outside the SWAN Consortium
Persons residing in library service areas that are not participating in the SWAN consortium must provide picture ID and a valid unrestricted library card from their “home library” to receive reciprocal borrowing privileges at the Glen Ellyn Public Library.
Persons over 18 who do not reside in Glen Ellyn may obtain a One-Day Guest Pass or an Internet Guest card at the 2nd Floor Information Desk. The Internet Guest card does not expire and provides access to the public internet stations inside the library, but does not provide any borrowing privileges or remote access to online digital resources. One-Day Guest Passes and Internet Guest cards are free, but Internet Guest cards are subject to lost or damaged card fees.
Lost or Damaged Library Cards
There is a $3 fee to replace a lost or damaged library card. 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. If you have any questions, please contact the Circulation Department.