Obtaining a library card is easy with the proper identification. Cards are issued to residents living within the library district boundaries, which includes the Village of Crete and Crete Township, as well as a few other areas. Consult your tax bill or voter’s registration card or call the library if you are unsure of your library district. District residents’ property taxes support the Crete Public Library District.

Adults (Ages 18 & up)

Card applicants most provide a valid picture ID and two (2) forms of identification with their current street address (one of which could be the picture ID). Applicants must have one (1) item from the Acceptable Photo Identification list and one (1) from the Acceptable Proof of Residency list. If the Acceptable Photo Identification does not reflect the current Crete address, an additional item listed under the Acceptable Proof of Residency list will be required.

Acceptable Photo Identification Acceptable Proof of Residency
All forms of ID must be valid and unexpired. Driver’s licenses or State IDs must reflect current street address or a second proof of residency will be required.
  • Driver’s License/State ID
  • Passport/Passport Card
  • Military ID
  • FOID Card
  • Permanent Resident (Green) Card
All proof of residency must reflect current address within the library district.
  • Current Utility Bill – Electric/Gas/Water/Home Phone (Must be within last 30 Days)
  • Tax Bill (Must be within last 6 months)
  • Mortgage Statement (within last 30 days/Current Lease Agreement
  • Bank Statement (Must be within last 30 Days)
  • Unemployment Statement/Payroll Stub (Must be within last 30 Days)
  • Voter’s Registration Card (Must be within current year)

Youth (Ages 5- 17)

Children must be age 5 or older or in kindergarten to get a library card, and a parent or legal guardian must sign for and be responsible for cards held by children age 17 and under. Legal guardians must show proof of guardianship.


Cardholder Responsibilities

Cardholder responsibilities are outlined on the application form. You are responsible for all items borrowed on your card. Report a lost, missing, or stolen library card immediately by calling 708-672-8017 to avoid incurring fraudulent charges. There is a $2 fee to replace a lost, missing, or stolen card if it is not expired. There is no cost to replace or renew an expired library card. If you have questions, please contact Patron Services at cpldps@cretelibrary.org or call 708-672-8017.


Obtaining a Chicago Public Library Card

Your Crete Public Library card gives you borrowing privileges at most public libraries in Illinois. Additionally, if you have a Crete library card in good standing (unexpired, no fees or other charges pending), you are eligible to apply for a Chicago Public Library card. When you complete the Chicago Public Library card application, they will call the Crete Public Library to verify your status. For more information, please contact Patron Services at cpldps@cretelibrary.org or call 708-672-8017.