Get a Library Card/Account

Every Oak Park resident, educator, and business owner can get a library card. Below: new library cardholders in 2023.

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Cards for all ages = full library access

  • In person: Come in with your photo ID and proof (see below) of Oak Park residency/employment and start using your card right away.
  • From anywhere: Contact us to learn how to digitally share your photo ID and proof of Oak Park residency/employment. Come in later to pick up your card. Or, we can mail it to your Oak Park address after it’s verified.

Digital-only accounts for residents 13+ years = instant digital library access


Get the most from your card


Oak Park residents: Get a card that never expires

  • 18+ years: A current photo ID (a driver’s license, state ID, or passport) and proof of Oak Park residency (an electronic or paper utility bill or recently postmarked mail).
  • Under 18: A parent or guardian with a current photo ID and proof of Oak Park residency.

Oak Park educators

  • All Oak Park school and daycare teachers, teaching assistants, and staff can apply with their Oak Park employer ID and a current photo ID.
  • About digital-only accounts vs. cards:
    • Oak Park educators can apply for digital-only accounts using an Oak Park school/work address email.
    • Digital-only accounts don’t enable you to check out physical items.
    • That’s why we suggest getting an educator card.
  • Call us at 708.383.8200 with questions and to renew cards each year.

Oak Park business owners, nonprofits & employees

  • Owners can apply with an electronic or paper lease or tax bill and a current photo ID.
  • Employees can provide current proof of employment and contact information for the business or nonprofit owner (who will be responsible for any fees or lost materials).
  • These cards have a one-year expiration from issue date but may be renewed.
  • Call us at 708.383.8200 with questions and to renew cards each year.

An Illinois public library card may grant access to borrowing privileges at Oak Park Public Library

  • Do you live in a Chicago suburb? We are a member of the SWAN library consortium which consists of 100+ local libraries that share borrowing privileges. Your SWAN card gives you instant access to some resources. See if your home library is a member »
  • Do you have a Chicago Public Library (CPL) card? We share some borrowing privileges with CPL.
    • Register using your CPL card (please check that your card is in good standing with CPL first).
    • What to bring: A current photo ID (like a driver’s license, state ID, or passport) that shows your current Chicago address.
    • These cards have a maximum of a one-year expiration from issue date but may be renewed.
  • Do you have a card at a different Illinois public library? We can offer borrowing privileges with most Illinois public libraries.
    • Register using your home library card (please check that your card is in good standing with your home library first).
    • What to bring: A current photo ID (like a driver’s license, state ID, or passport) that shows your current address.
    • These cards have a maximum of a one-year expiration from issue date but may be renewed.

None of the above? More options are available

  • Do you have a temporary Oak Park address? You are welcome to use any resources inside the library during your stay in Oak Park.
  • Based on Illinois administrative code, a non-resident card could be purchased for an annual fee of $461.37. To be eligible, however, you must live in an unincorporated area of Illinois and apply at the nearest public library. More: 23 Ill. Adm. Code 3050.10.

Have questions? Ask us now about specifics »